There is a lot of music in my novel Nefarious Twit. A lot. I think this might be a holdover from when I used to write screenplays. I sort of think in music. I hear music playing all the time, especially while I write. Sometimes this is because I’m actually writing to music, (usually I don’t anymore, I find it better to write in silence most of the time) but when I do write to music usually I play the same song 20 or 30 times in a row until I finish that scene or moment that it scores. Or until I reach the peak of whatever emotion the song is reaching in me and that I, in turn, want to convey to my audience in a particular passage.
So here are all the songs featured in my novel and why I picked those songs.
If they turn my book into a fucking movie someday here’s the damn tracklisting:
DEPECHE MODE, “NEVER LET ME DOWN AGAIN”
Okay, so if there was a trailer song or an opening credit song it’d have to be Depeche Mode’s “Never Let Me Down Again.” Yeah, yeah, I know it actually plays later in the book, just as Rick, Lou and Nixon are leaving Tucson but hey, it can play twice. Why did I put this song in the book? Besides the overall dark, self-destructive and still kinda seductive tone of the music; I included it just for the lyric, “I’m taking a ride with my best friend. I hope he never lets me down again. He knows where he’s taking me, taking me where I want to be.”
This is a road song, a fucked up road song; my book is a road story, and it’s a fucked up road story.
ROLLING STONES, “GIMME SHELTER”
Chapter 2 of Nefarious Twit is called, “War, Children” It takes its name from the chorus of this song. “War, children… it’s just a shot away.”
I like the idea of this track playing in the back of the readers head, just lurking ’round the corners as they learn about Twit’s backstory.
John Lennon, “Mother”
This song is said to play inside Rick’s head at a funeral. It’s used to reveal to the audience who the funeral is for. I imagine the bell at the beginning of the song ringing out as Rick’s takes a long look at the black limousine coffin.
Then later, the empty chairs at the end of the scene, with these lines playing over and over.
“Mama don’t go, daddy come home.”
In Chapter 3
Velvet Underground, “Heroin”
In chapter 3 we learn that the last song that Tabitha Lime played for herself was this classic by the VU. We also learn her last words, which seem extra fitting after such a long, bittersweet song like Tabitha’s. The song always sounded like the sun coming up not falling away to me, I think Tabitha felt the same.
Also makes sense that such a big Velvet Underground fan like Tabitha would name her son Lou, not Louis but straight up Lou.