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Tomorrow is birth day for Funny How Things Change. I was going to go all philosophical today about The Second Book and stuff, but it's ridiculously hot here (90 freaking degrees when it was only 52 last week!) so instead, I'm going to post the playlist for FHTC.

I do this with a tremendous amount of trepidation because it's going to look massively unhip next to the other YA novel playlists I've seen floating around. But if I've gained any wisdom at all during my looooong years on this earth, it is not to try to pretend to be hip when you are clearly not because that is just a big mistake that can only lead to disaster.

And so I give you the All-Tom-Petty-All-The-Time-Untragically-Unhip-FHTC-Playlist:

These are kind of in order:

Here Comes My Girl

This song so perfectly expresses Remy's sense of everything good in his life being tied up in his girlfriend. Everything else in his life might be crap, but he has this girl and it can be as much as just watching the way she walks and knowing that he knows her in a way no one else does. At the start of the book, that's all that matters and it drives his choices in a powerful way. And I love the rolling guitar line.

The Waiting

Continues the sense of joy Remy feels with Lisa but coupled with urgency and--always with Tom Petty--an underlying sense of cluelessness that will lead to loss.

Southern Accents

Has that laconic but kind of deep feeling I wanted for Remy, the strong sense of connection to a culture and a place.

Even the Losers

This one is for Remy's insecurities, called up by meeting Dana and her friends.

King's Highway (Live)

That aching for something better that Lisa leads Remy into wanting and believing. The live version is so much more evocative than the studio. Reminiscent of Springsteen's "Thunder Road" but sadder.

You Wreck Me

This is Petty without the Heartbreakers and fits into Dana disrupting Remy's hard-made plans.

I'm Tired, Joey Boy

Okay, so this is really a Van Morrison song, but I like Petty's live recording better (don't shoot me!) This one is for Remy's dad's terrible sadness when Remy decides to go.

Don't Do Me Like That

When things start to go wrong between Remy and Lisa.


The lyrics of the verses don't apply, but oh, the chorus! This is such an unfairly overlooked song. Haunting!

You Can Still Change Your Mind

And this is why this is an all-Tom-Petty list, because he wrote so many songs about the feelings of being torn, about how hard it is to decide what's right and what's wrong. He's so confused!

It'll All Work Out

This doesn't really fit, but the sound of it is just so gorgeous. It has that feeling of American folk music that is still tied strongly to English folk music, something that held on in Appalachia for a long time.

Change of Heart

The title is pretty much self-explanatory as to how it fits into the story.

Straight Into Darkness

Is this starting to get spoilery? Well, if that cover doesn't clue you in to the fact that this isn't a happy romance novel...

Best of Everything

For the more generous ending to Remy and Lisa's relationship that I was talked around to.

If you only know Tom Petty via "Free Falling," you're probably wondering...er...where's "Free Falling?" Most of these songs are from Southern Accents and earlier albums. To me, those reflect Petty's Southern cracker poet voice. Later albums are too California stoner and shift tone and focus away from that earnest but clueless Southern boy who reminded me so strongly of my MC that they provided an almost perfect background and inspiration. And it's why Mr. Petty gets a mention in the acknowledgments.


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Apr. 27th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Congrats on release day!! I love Tom Petty. (But of course, I loved David Cassidy, too.)

Apr. 27th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
You Wreck Me
This is Petty without the Heartbreakers

Any time it's Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, it is the Heartbreakers...

Nothing to do with nothing, but just mho.
Apr. 27th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
I thought the Les Mis song would have been there from the headline. And now it's stuck in my head. There are worse songs to get stuck in one's head, though.

Congrats on #2. It's quite an achievement!
Apr. 27th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Happy publication day!
What a wonderful play list, too, Melissa. Hooray for Remy and FTHC and for you!

Nancy W.
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yay, Melissa! I'm so happy your Second Book is out in the world, and that it's getting some of the recognition you deserve. Must go find myself some Tom Petty albums...
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