After a conversation on Twitter with Sasha Devlin about music, I started thinking about the first albums I purchased in my late teens and early twenties. I had my Discman and a handful of CDs. I used to listen to them as I walked to work.
These are the ones I remember. I’m sure there were others.
- Matchbox 20
- Jarabe De Palo
- Third Eye Blind
- Tracy Chapman
So, Shakira, Tracy Chapman, and Jarabe de Palo came from when I moved to Santo Doming at 19 and lived there for two years. The rest I got when I was 18.
I think I listened to the first Matchbox 20 album at least three times a day. It soothed my angst-ridden soul.
How about you?
What were the first albums you remembered listening to?
For most books I write, I have at least one music playlist. I thought I’d share ten of the songs from the Pierced Peony’s list.
- Shotgun – George Ezra
- A Sky Full of Star – Coldplay
- When We Were On Fire – James Bay
- I Bet on You – Lissie
- The Game – Amy Macdonald
- Gloria – Lumineers
- Do Right – Wild Rivers
- Bottom of the Sea – Sean McConnell
- I Know the Way Home – Andrew Galucki
- Give Me Something – Callum Scott
what’s happened to the theatre?
Bonus points if you know what movie that quote is from.
In Cosplay Killer, Dannel and Osian love the theatre scene. I thought I’d share some of their favourite places.
- Drury Lane (Theatre Royal), the oldest London theatre still in use. Dannel believes there’s an energy to the place that transfers to performances.
- The Theatre Cafe, a coffee shop not far from their flat that has live performances.
- Apollo Victoria Theatre
- The West End, in general, with all of the museums and shops, etc.
- The Old Vic
My two main characters in Cosplay Killer are obsessed with musical theatre. Here are ten of their favourite shows.
2. Six: The Musical
3. In The Heights
5. Only Fools and Horses
7. Jesus Chris Superstar
8. Little Shop of Horrors
9. School of Rock
Since Hamilton came to Disney+, I’ve watched the entire play about ten times. I’ve watched the first half an additional ten or more. The second half tends to make me weepy and I’m not always in the mood to cry.
Each time I watch Hamilton, something new seems to stand out to me.
Here’s a few things I’ve noticed.
1. Christopher Jackson’s face during the final song while Eliza sings about his story and slavery.
2. The brilliantly subtle moments of foreshadowing woven throughout.
3. (or technically, 2a) Burr’s ‘like I said’ comment at the first scene in the bar where Hamilton meets Lafayette, Mulligan, and Laurens.
4. The Bullet. If you know, you know.
5. David Diggs. His pure joy in performance.
6. Brilliant word play and musicality.
7. Leslie Odom, Jr’s masterful performance.
8. The emotion evoked by Renee Elise Goldsberry in Satisfied.
9. Jonathan Goff’s laugh after One Last Time.
10. The interplay between Hamilton and Samuel Seabury during Farmer Refuted.
I’m currently writing Cosplay Killer an MM Cosy Mystery featuring two men who are into video games, music, and musical theatre.
In doing research, I had to brush up on some Broadway stuff. I’m not massively into plays. It’s never been my thing, though I have a lot of friends who are. I knew a little about Hamilton from friends and also because I think Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius of a wordsmith.
So, I found this video of him performing Alexander Hamilton at the White House.
I watched it twenty times. I was mesmerized. History has always been an obsession of mine and I was entranced by his performance.
Now, I’m autistic. I frequently fall down rabbit holes into new obsessions. And I haven’t had a new ‘special interest’ in a good while.
And I certainly didn’t intend to find one while researching a new cosy mystery series.
But there I was, going from one video to quite literally watching every Hamilton thing I could find on Youtube. Now I’ve listened to the soundtrack of the original cast a hundred times at this point.
Christopher Jackson and Lin-Manuel Miranda performing One Last Time are particularly brilliant.
The things I do for book research.
I thought it would be fun to think about the theme songs for some of the main characters in my various books. I picked out a few favourites. And, in some cases, songs jumped out at me for those particular characters.
In completely random order.
– Woody (Pure Dumb Luck) – A tie between ‘Humble and Kind’ and ‘Real Good Man’ by Tim McGraw
– Francis (After the Scrum) – ‘All I Want’ by Kodaline
– Elaine (Misguided Confession) – ‘This Is Me’ from The Greatest Showman
– Mac (One Last Heist) – ‘Let Your Heart Hold Fast’ by Fort Atlantic
– Bishan (The Grasmere Trilogy) – ‘Ode to Joy’
– Iggy (Here Come The Son) – ‘Sympathy for The Devil’ by Guns & Roses
– Fie (At War With A Broken Heart) ‘Ring of Fire’ by Johnny Cash
– Ivan (Forged in Flood) – ‘Killing in the Name’ by Rage Against The Machine
– Ivy (Ivy/Blackbird Anthology) – 93 Million Miles’ by Jason Mraz
– Dusk (Found You) – ‘Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude’ by Jimmy Buffett
This was fun.
I might have to do it for other characters.