I was challenged by my editor to assemble a playlist for my book on Spotify. I’m too old for Spotify – I’m more of a CD girl. But I went ahead an put together a list of songs that should give the right feel to Scout’s Honor. Because the story takes place over a large amount of time, I knew I’d have a good range of music. I like so much music, and so many different kinds, whenever anyone asks me my favorite – I can’t really answer. It’s like asking me my favorite author or favorite book or favorite dog. Too many, too much.
The Scout’s Honor Playlist is:
Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
This song is referred to once in the story but it signifies the times. Scout is a girl coming of age in the early 1980s.
Take It Easy – Eagles
Charlie talks about this song and how it makes him feel about how his life would be if his father hadn’t left. He also pictures his father looking like Glenn Frey. I found it odd that both Harper Lee and Glenn Frey died this year – the year my book comes out.
Swingin’ – John Anderson
This song takes place during a scene between Charlie and Katie. It was a popular country song back in the early 1980s and lots of southern kids were singing it, if even they weren’t country music fans.
Where the Streets Have no Name – U2
Classic U2 song represents two things in the book. One is the time period – 1987-1988. The other is the feeling you get about small towns.
Hello – Lionel Richie
Every girl growing up in the 1980s sat with her heart broken and listened to this song, at least once. Every girl wishes there was a man out there singing this and feeling this about her.
Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
This song represents the times and the fears of the times.
Landslide – Dixie Chicks version
The Dixie Chicks redid this song in 2003. Since that year is Part III, I found it it be a great representation of the time period and also the time in Scout’s life. She is getting older and her life is changing.
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Another popular song of the times and it makes you feel comforted in a way.
Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
Scout has been a suppressed human being for so long, this song just screams for her to break free from her self imposed chains.
Burning House – Cam
This is a 2015 country hit that I fell in love with. It describes, to me, how Scout treats Charlie, even if she doesn’t mean to or realize what she’s doing. This song will break your heart.
Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce
One of my personal favorite songs and artists ever. It reminds me of my own father. There is a scene toward the end of the story between Scout and her father, and I hear this song playing in the background.
Only Hope – Mandy Moore
This song was made popular by the movie A Walk to Remember, based upon the Nicholas Sparks book of the same name. It is a Christian song, and I wanted it to reflect the underlying struggle that Scout faces concerning her faith or lack of faith.
Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
This song is Charlie. Charlie and his mom. Good ol’ Southern Rock that says it all.
I hope you will come find me on Spotify or subscribe to my YouTube channel – where I’ll put this soundtrack as well.