Every couple has a song.
Maybe it’s the song they first danced to. Maybe it’s a song they bonded over while talking at a party. Maybe it’s not romantic, but a fun in-joke shared between lovers. Maybe they had to find something to dance to at their wedding and finally connected with this particular tune. But don’t let them lie to you. Every couple has a song.
(For randomness, my song with my husband is Muse’s “Resistance”. We had a bit of a hidden love affair when we met, due to working together. And yes, we danced to it at our wedding, albeit an instrumental piano rendition.)
For two characters brought together by music, there were so many choices. In Change Of Season, Andrew shoves aside his anxiety and sings a song meant as a love note to Autumn at a talent show. They share a moment of quiet contentment and significance to another song. These two, if I let them, would make each other mix tapes. Among my writing playlists, I have a mix that contains every single song that reminds me of their relationship, or songs that frame their ups and downs.
How do you choose one song? If you breathe melody like I do, and you listen to your characters, it chooses itself.
Autumn’s favourite artist is Andrew McMahon and his many monikers, including Jack’s Mannequin. It leads to a few soft giggles between the couple, given that she’s found an Andrew of her very own. Many of his songs featured in the Change Of Season playlist, including a song called “Casting Lines”. I really liked it — I’m a sucker for a piano ballad with oomph and heart — but I didn’t fall head over heels for it until I wrote this scene in the first book of the series as it shuffled up on iTunes: