Release day for the hardcover of Thieves’ Quarry and the paperback edition of Thieftaker is tomorrow, July 2. This will be my fourteenth release day of an original title (I’ve had somewhere in the mid-twenties if you include all the paperback editions), and I have to admit to being every bit as nervous and excited about this one as I have been about all the others. The excitement never really gets old, and the fear never ever goes away.
As part of my ongoing Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour, I have two posts up today in addition to this one. I am at Aidan Moher’s “A Dribble of Ink” with a post about ideology and writing, which expands on a post I wrote here several weeks back. I am also interviewed at the blog of friend-of-MW, Alethea Kontis. I hope you will check out both posts.
I am too frazzled/psyched/terrified to write anything too serious today, so I thought it might be fun to try something a little different and a lot goofy. Last year, during the Thieftaker Blog Tour, Catie Murphy interviewed me, and one of her questions was, “If you had to choose a theme song for Ethan Kaille, what would it be and why?”
My answer: “I think I would go with ‘Gimme Shelter,”’ by the Rolling Stones. This is a fairly dark book. Violence looms in every scene. War — in the form of the Revolution — is drawing closer. ‘War, children, it’s just a shot away…’ There is literally fire in the streets. ‘Fire is sweeping our very street today…’ And yet he also manages to find love in this climate, as the song does at its end. ‘Love, sister, it’s just a kiss away…’ Yeah. I think ‘Gimme Shelter’ works pretty well.”
I was thinking it might be fun to assign theme songs to some of the other Thieftaker characters, and maybe a few familiar characters from other authors as well. So . . .
Sephira Pryce: A couple come to mind, actually. There’s an old Allman Brothers song (actually a cover of a blues standard) called “Black-Hearted Woman” that seems appropriate. There’s also the Fleetwood Mac song “Black Magic Woman,” which was made famous here in the States by Santana. Yes, I know, Sephira isn’t a conjurer, so she doesn’t have access to magic. Yet. Read Thieves’ Quarry . . . But I think the choice I like best is also the most obvious: “The Bitch Is Back.”
Diver Jervis: Diver is one of those people who always seems to be tripping over his own bad fortune. So I figure any song for him should probably be a blues tune. There is an old Elmore James song (also covered by the Allman Brothers) called “Done Somebody Wrong,” that fits. “It was all my fault, I musta’ did somebody wrong.” But I think I’ll go with the old country standard “There’s No Fool Like a Young Fool.”
Sheriff Stephen Greenleaf: Easy — The Clash doing Bobby Fuller’s “I Fought the Law (and the Law Won).”
Jane Yellowrock: Of course, Faith gets final say on this, but I found one that I think works well. I’m not a big fan of My Chemical Romance, but their song “Vampires Will Never Hurt You” has the perfect title and a hard driving electric guitar riff reminiscent of the theme from “Buffy.” Sounds like a match made in heaven.
Kestrel: I’d say “A Pirate Looks At Forty,” by Jimmy Buffett. But Kestrel is younger than that, and she’s way too cool to be sweating an impending birthday. I also have to admit to being drawn to the old Styx classic, “Come Sail Away,” but I’ve always hated Styx, and I think she deserves better. And so, with deepest apologies to Misty, I have only one real choice — from Muppet Treasure Island, it’s “A Professional Pirate.”
So, what are some of your theme song choices for some of your favorite characters. Wanna play along?David B. Coe http://www.DavidBCoe.com http://www.dbjackson-author.com http://magicalwords.net
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