The Music of Heart of Malice

Music is powerful. Just today I was watching and listening to various live performances of some of my favorite artists on YouTube and feeling goosebumps. It made me think about how important music is in all our lives.

If you’re interested in what I was watching, it was Prince’s incomparable guitar performance during George Harrison’s HOF induction ceremony, Guns N’ Roses’s VMA performance of “November Rain” feat. Sir Elton John, the 12-minute album version of Meat Loaf’s “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” Prince’s performance of “Purple Rain” during the Super Bowl halftime show, and the entire live “Pulse” concert by Pink Floyd. I got a lot of work done while I was listening/watching, but sometimes you just have to stop and marvel at some of the musicians we are and were lucky enough to share the planet with—and then mourn the loss of some who were gone far too soon.

If you’ve read Heart of Malice, you know that Sean and Alice love music—particularly classic rock and especially on vinyl.

Their love of music (and their preferences) reflect mine. I love to sing and I listen to music pretty much all day, every day, whether I’m writing, working on social media posts, grading, or preparing lecture materials for my classes. While I prefer music without lyrics while I write, my music tastes in general are pretty varied. I love classic rock, oldies, country (up through about 2000), blues, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, pop, hard rock and metal, hair bands…you name it, it’s probably on my iTunes or a channel I listen to on Pandora.

As I was writing HOM, I also compiled a soundtrack (or a playlist) that I feel is an essential part of the book. Some songs and artists are mentioned or discussed in the book, and others simply pair well with particular scenes. The opening chapter, for example (no spoilers here!) works even better if you listen to Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots are Made for Walking” while you read it. (There are only two things Alice loves more than her music collection: coffee and good boots. I can definitely relate.)

The soundtrack/playlist follows the book from the opening scene (“Wanna do something insane?” “Absolutely.”) to the final chapter and its ominous last words. Feast your ears on classic songs from Nancy Sinatra, Eddie Money, Prince, Juice Newton, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Pilot, Evanescence, the Rolling Stones, and more. I’ve even put the playlist together for you to listen for free on Spotify. Click HERE to listen.

And if you’d like a sneak peek at Fire in the Blood, the second book in the Alice Worth series, you can already listen to that playlist HERE. FITB is complete and scheduled for release in spring 2018, but you don’t have to wait to hear the soundtrack to Alice’s next adventure.

Happy listening!