Current musical influences.

 

 

Louisiana is a steamy melting pot of cultures and sounds.  The music selected for this story speaks to that diversity. Take a trip into the world of  blues, soul, jazz, and Zydeco, as you turn the pages on this hot blooded and riskily passionate story of fate, faith, and loves born of pain.

 

 

 

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When I write, it is like a movie I see in my head that tumbles out onto the page. I envision my characters in motion, feel their feelings, and experience their sensations. One of the tools I use to achieve this ‘state of creation’ is music. It is the single most potent influencer for me. If you are like me and music has a profound affect on you, I offer you the opportunity to sample my experience as it relates to this story.

I listened to hours and hours of music while creating Blood and Magnolias. Out of all that music, I have compiled a list—a soundtrack—of 54 of the most scene setting, emotion evoking, and memorable music encounters of my Blood and Magnolias journey to share with you.

Some pieces may be performed by a number of artists, but I have indicated the one that influenced me. I have provided orientation to where in the story the music came into play, the length of the music, and any pertinent comments.

This list of 54 musical mood setters, found in the table below, is almost 4 hours of pain, suffering, joy, surprise, excitation, wonder, and tears. It is not possible to correlate the length of the pieces with their corresponding place in the story, so you cannot simply compile or access the playlist and listen as you read. You won’t get the right effect. What you can do is give the music a listen through first or have the music 'waiting in the wings' ready to click and play for its proper placement in the story. Listen to as much of it as you need to set the mood then continue reading. (I can’t listen to words in the music while I’m reading. It distracts me. So, I limit the “let it play” to the pieces that are instrumental only.) Enjoy!

                                

 

Portions of the playlist can be found on my youtube.com channel.
Blood and Magnolias Playlist

or look below for music and details of their impact on the story.


Note: If you see a hyperlink, the music has a video on youtube.com. We do not promote, approve, or have any affiliation with youtube, any of the videos, sponsors, or advertisers. The link is there simply to help you connect with the music. As you know, links can be good today and bad tomorrow. While we try to check them frequently, we cannot guarantee a live link.

Title

Artist

Album

Page

Paragraph

Time

Comment

Drifting

Enya

The Very Best Of Enya

Before you start reading the story.

 

4:11

It will set the tone and prepare your brain for the wild ride to come.

Angel

Video has Angel and Doraville back to back. Stop with Angel.

Atlanta Rhythm Section

20th Century Masters: The Millennium

5

1

“As she heard…”

5:13

You only need a minute or two to get it.

Where did the love go? I live south of Atlanta. Couldn’t forget these guys.

Cajun Rouge

Tucker Conspiracy

Sounds of New Orleans

21

1

“Sighing and leaning…”

3:24

The place Paul’s mind goes when he thinks of Adrean.

More Than This

Roxy Music

Avalon

28

3

“After a bit…

4:15

There has to be more to life.

French Dream

Marc Antoine

Classical Soul  

39

3

“Guests moved back...”

4:20

How sexy is that? I don’t even care what he’s saying.

Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler

Zydeco Bon!

Rhythm of the Zydeco

44

6

“They went down...”

4:51

The phrase indicative of Mardi Gras and New Orleans.

Badness

Chris Duarte Group

Love is Greater Than Me

52

3

“Adrean was admiring…”

4:06

Courtland’s theme song.

Desperate

David Archuleta

David Archuleta

59

Chapter 4

3:41

Desperation is dark, debilitating, and can make one vulnerable.

Blue Moon

The Mavericks

20th Century Masters:  Millennium Collection

63

2

“Barbara was tapping...”

4:06

Blast from the past.

The Winding Path

Kevin Kern

The Winding Path

73

6

“Her maiden name…”

3:58

Reflections and melancholy.

Sirene

Menage A Trois

Fever

83

Chapter 5

5:47

This music fit perfectly here—beach, French, sex, and the wild side.

Wild Child

Enya

Album A Day Without Rain

90

2

“Adrean stood...”

3:46

So elemental.

Iko Iko (original)

The Dixie Cups

The Dixie Cups' Another Boy Like Mine

105

3

“Justin approached Adrean…”

2:30

Kids at play. There are many versions of this song. Do a search and find your favorite version. Song history.

Corrupt

Depeche Mode

Sounds of the Universe

113

1

“When they arrived at Teelo's…”

6:14

Depeche Mode has always been musically seductive.

Don't Panic

Euphoric Logic

Moods One

119

Chapter 6

4:10

Where are we going and do we want to go?

Mating Game

Bitter:Sweet

The Mating Game

127

5

“One of the male…”

3:24

Very appropriate and a bit spooky.

Sex Tourists

French Kicks

Swimming

137

2

“Barbara led Adrean…”

3:31

Bizarreness abounds and the music is no exception. Lyrics.

Rhythm Of Da Zydeco

Zydeco Bon!

Rhythm of da Zydeco

154

4

“Barbara drove away…”

4:36

Kick your shoes off and go native.

Fever

Peggy Lee

Spotlight On Peggy Lee

159

Chapter 8

3:22

Things are heating up.

Playing With Fire

Shannon Curfman

Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions

170

7

“Adrean exited the car…”

4:55

Holy moly! Did you see this coming?

Still Ain’t Over You

Rob Thomas

Cradlesong

181

 

Chapter 10

3:09

The things we endure in relationships.

Descend On Me

Marc Seal

Perseverance

186

4

“Ben drove into…”

5:19

Reap what you sow.

Gotta Get Mean

Blues Traveler

Blues Traveler

195

Chapter 11

3:50

Sometimes you have to push back.

Cache Cache

Zap Mama

Ancestry in Progress Disk 1

198

8

“About a half-hour…”

3:33

Can you feel the tension rising and the stakes getting higher?

Blue Bayou

Linda Ronstadt

Simple Dreams

210

9

“Barbara and Adrean…”

4:00

I love this song and Linda does a good job of making it potent.

Cajunization Blues

(one of my personal favorites)

Beausoeil

Beausoeil: Cajunization Blues

214

2

“When they reached…”

4:09

If you only listen to one piece, make it this one. Gives you a real ‘feel’ for the culture.

Backwater Bayou

Tucker Conspiracy

Sounds of New Orleans

221

Chapter 13

4:33

Kicking back, lazin’ down the river.

I Smell Trouble

Buddy Guy

Buddy’s Baddest: The Best of Buddy Guy

226

1

“During a break…”

3:17

A hint of fate.

Lie To Me

Jonny Lang

Lie To Me

232

2

“The strains of…”

4:11

You will need to wipe the ‘steam’ from your glasses. Such a big voice from such a young man at the time.

Feels Like Rain

Buddy Guy

Buddy’s Baddest: The Best of Buddy

241

Chapter 14

4:37

Great Blues tune that reflects the mood.

Wicked Games

Flex Progression

Moods One 

245

8

“When they pulled…”

3:32

The wicked are in control.

Kindred Spirits

Classical New Age Piano Music

Classical New Age Piano and Cello Duets

255

Chapter 15

2:49

Melting hearts.

Edge of Desire

John Mayer

Battle Studies

262

Last

“Justin drove to…”

5:32

Bliss, recrimination, and fear. Rip my heart out.

Summertime

Sam Cooke

Portrait of a Legend: 1951-1964

275

Chapter 17

2:20

Soulful moments beneath the willows on a hot summer night.

I'd Rather Be With You

Joshua Radin

Simple Times

287

3

“As the top…

2:49

Unrequited love is painful and survives solely on hope.

Slave to Love

Bryan Ferry

Boys and Girls

291

Last

“Paul was waiting…”

4:24

In the movie 9 ½ weeks. Still gives me goose bumps.

Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman

Bryan Adams

Don Juan De Marco

295

5

“The drive home…”

4:53

Don Juan take me away!

Born On The Bayou

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bayou Country Revival

304

1

“The highway part…”

5:15

Watch that scenery flying by the window.

Ain't Nobody Gonna Help You

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas,

Steady Rock

308

1

“The day was…”

4:01

Coming to terms.

Dobro Moon

Tucker Conspiracy

Sounds of New Orleans

312

5

“The Road narrowed…”

5:59

Moss in the trees, snakes on the water, and an eerie sensation.

Silent Wings

Secret Garden

Once In A Red Moon

319

Chapter 20

3:42

Dawning of a new day.

Sleep At The Swamp

Potlatch

Voodoo Roux Deux

329

Chapter 21

7:09

It won’t hurt ‘much.’ Unsettling.

Green River

Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival

339

1

“The drive took…”

2:33

Bayou without Creedence? Unforgivable.

Losing Myself

Melange

Table for Three

347

2

“By the time…

4:08

Deceptions are overwhelming.

Shot In The Back of The Head

Moby

Wait For Me

352

5

“Patrick’s face paled…”

3:15

Courtland is such a monster.

Back In Black

Back in Baroque: The String Tribute to AC/DC

Various

361

1

“Barbara drove from…”

4:31

Chaotic pressure. When you get here you will understand.

Moon Spell

Fabrizio Pendesini

Music Storm Vol. 5

371

Chapter 24

4:30

Run!

Cajun Moon

J.J. Cale

The Very Best Of

375

2

“Adrean woke to…”

 

Forces at work. If you like this tune, Poco has a longer-almost 6 min-version on their album The Wildwood Sessions. Randy Crawford’s version is powerful—what a voice!

Motivation of Love

Walter Trout

Deep Trout

379

Chapter 25

5:04

Paul is a rock.

Work Of The Devil

Coco Robicheaux

Yeah, You Rite!

385

Last

“When Patrick arrived…”

4:45

Courtland’s handy work continues.

I Can’t Stand The Rain

Seal

Soul

391

3

“Paul Struggled with…”

3:33

Poor Paul and Justin.

A Thousand Kisses Deep

Chris Botti

A Thousand Kisses Deep

399

2

“Justin drew Adrean…”

3:59

Painful quiet after the storm.

Only Time

Enya

A Day Without Rain

405

Chapter 27

3:36

Peace at last.

With Arms Wide Open

Creed

Human Clay

 

 

4:34

Listen to this when you have finished the story.


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