I know it’s still a little while until the release, but I thought I’d go ahead and let you in on the tunes that wired me and inspired me while weaving Ghost and Macy’s tale. This time, a few are mentioned in the book, but most were just behind-the-scenes motivators, and I always love adding to playlists later when I find something that really fits. So it could change.
But I’m sure the first song really needs no mention, as I’ve only talked about it a dozen times. If you’ve somehow missed all that, do yourself a favor and seek out the video. It’s just…augh. The greatest.
Leave Me Breathless Playlist:
“The Promise” by In This Moment f/Adrian Patrick from Otherwise
“No Ordinary Love” by The Deftones
“Hold On” by All That Remains
“Scream” by Avenged Sevenfold
“Drop the Match” by Winds of Plague
“All For Me” by In Flames
“Prophecy” by Soulfly
“Kiss” by Korn
“The Jester Race” by In Flames
“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (you’ll see!)
“Perseverance” by Hatebreed
“Storm to Pass” by Atreyu
“Black” by Trivium
“The Air That I Breathe” by All That Remains
This is the most beautiful picture I think I have ever seen. If you’re a longtime, hardcore Korn fan like me, you’ll get it. If not, I can’t even tell you. Just…it’s been a long seven years without him, and I think the first step has been taken to him finally coming back home.
The emotion on Jonathan Davis’s face just kills me. That does it, I have GOT to write this rock star book burning in my brain. :)
And I totally never noticed “Leave me breathless” was a lyric in this song, but now that Adrian Patrick has sung it, it is DEFINITELY the title of Ghost’s book. It’s like fate. :p (Unless my editor makes me change it for some reason, that is…which I really can’t see happening.)
But WOW!! He is just…INCREDIBLE! I love the original song, but I must say he’s done it justice. Love the screams too. *drool*
Woo hoo! You might have seen me mention Otherwise in a previous post. I became interested in these guys when I heard Adrian Patrick sing “The Promise” with In This Moment. *swoon* I thought, WHOA, he’s incredible. I gotta look that dude up. So I did. At the time, his band Otherwise was unsigned. They have since remedied that, and their first video, for their single “Soldiers,” debuted today.
I guess I’m so excited for them because, as someone stated on Youtube, they are a testament to never giving up on your dreams.
Another reason could be because I love following his hijinks on Facebook and Adrian actually wished me happy birthday there last year. *sigh*
Yet another could be because Adrian Patrick has become my Ghost. Oh, yes. He doesn’t have to be your Ghost, but he is SO totally my Ghost. :-)
I am so obsessed with this song. It’s been on repeat on my iTunes for days. For that, In Flames gets the distinction of being Ghost’s favorite band. And this song will certainly make the soundtrack. Enjoy!
All For Me by In Flames… I burn when I do the things I do for you
As I was pondering on Twitter the other night, there is only one instance of a teen infatuation of mine enduring until adulthood. Not Corey Feldman (loved him in The Lost Boys days), not Christian Slater (Heathers, anyone? Pump Up the Volume?). Those guys were great in their time. I wallpapered my room with their pictures. Christian actually hung in there for several years. With each of my movie star crushes, all those oh-so-clueless adults in my life were like, “Oh, some day you’ll look back and laugh that you ever liked him.” And in my teen know-it-all fashion, I’d say “Noooo! I will love him foreverrrrr!!” Ha.
Well, I’d just like to announce that my very first major crush is still making me proud. The fact that he was (and still is) a down and dirty rocker makes me even prouder. The naysayers got that one dead freaking wrong. Nikki Sixx is ten times hotter now than he was when I was 13 and so madly in love with him. I mean…I’m just speechless. He’s not only ten times hotter, to me he is absolutely one of the most gorgeous men alive. Pretty damn good, huh? It was 23 years ago that I wanted to cry because my uncle didn’t take me to a Motley Crue concert with him (what I expected to accomplish there, I have no idea, lol). But I watched the “Home Sweet Home” video until I wore out the tape. Hell, all their videos. Loved them. They were my first rock obsession, so there will always be a special place in my heart for them.
As for Nikki, yep, he’s still got it going on, better than ever. I devoured The Heroin Diaries. As with most rock memoirs/confessionals I read, I was aghast, horrified, and very saddened at what was going on behind the scenes of one of my favorite bands. I’m not naive about it in any way, but it’s pretty heartbreaking what these guys are going through due to the ravages of fame once the curtain falls. At least, it is to me.
Well, I came here to rave about how smokin’ one of my rock idols still is after all these years, and got a little deeper than I intended. But that’s all right. There’s always time for hotness, right? I was browsing Youtube and came across this video. And said to myself, “Wow. What great taste I had at 13.” =P
But I’d also like to add my heart was stolen away in 1999 by the unhinged vocal stylings and spastic antics of one Mr. Jonathan Davis. And he’s here to stay, baby, for better or worse!
I thought I would go ahead and post the playlist for Far from Heaven while it’s fresh in my mind. Once I create the book page, I’ll move it there.
WOW. I must say, these songs really saved me while I was writing this book, and at least one of them presented itself almost…supernaturally. “Walk Away” by 5FDP is a song I’d heard before and dismissed, for the most part, though I really love the band. But while I was struggling with a particularly intense scene between Ash and Madeleine, it came up in my playlist, and the entire first verse just took my breath away. It was so fitting, I almost cried. It’s definitely *their* song.
It’s moments like that I live for and it’s the reason I will always write to music. “Stargazer” by Rainbow is so epic it’s practically a playlist of its own. I had it on repeat quite a bit, especially toward the end (RIP, Ronnie James Dio. Your voice was inhuman).
Anyway, I’m sure it’ll all make much more sense once the book is out, but without further ado, behold my own personal soundtrack to Far from Heaven:
“Walk Away” by Five Finger Death Punch
“Say You’ll Haunt Me” by Stone Sour
“Nightmare” by Avenged Sevenfold
“Stargazer” by Rainbow
“Help I’m Alive” by Metric
“Lights Out” by Breaking Benjamin
“All I Ever Wanted” by Otto’s Daughter
“A Drowning” by How to Destroy Angels
“Turn So Cold” by Drowning Pool
“You’ve Seen the Butcher” by Deftones
“Goodnight” by The Birthday Massacre
“Collapsing” by Demon Hunter
“Seen It All” by Korn
Enjoy! While I’m here, I’d also just like to say THANK YOU! At the moment, Unleashed is selling like gangbusters in the Kindle store (#199 as of 9:00 a.m.). I am amazed and truly humbled that so many are taking a chance on my little debut effort. I remember looking at those bestseller charts long ago and wishing I could be on them. And there I am! So, thank you, thank you, thank you!
It won’t take any guesswork to know where I’ll be a week from today. The hubby and I will be making the three-hour drive to Dallas for the Mayhem Festival, and I’m counting the days. It’ll be my 13th time seeing the almighty Korn (thirteenth show on Friday the 13th…I expect GREAT things)! I’ll be armed with a meet and greet pass and I’m not afraid to use it. :-) Let’s just hope all the guys show up and everyone is in a jovial mood. Assuming he blesses us with his presence, it’ll be my third time meeting Jonathan Davis and I’m debating giving him a signed copy of Unleashed for, you know, being such an enormous inspiration to me and all. Who else sings/whispers/roars to me when I’m up late writing through the wee hours? :-) But I know I won’t be able to work up the nerve. If Rock Me were in print already, it would make more sense to give him that one. There’s a Korn concert in that book, after all, and I specifically pay homage to the DJ sets Jon sometimes does at local clubs after a Korn show. Oh well, we’ll see how it goes.
I’m looking forward to the other bands, too. Rob Zombie we’ve seen twice, and we LOVE him–both his music and, yes, his crazy-as-hell movies. I’ve never seen Lamb of God or Five Finger Death Punch, and it’ll be awesome to catch those guys live too. Another band I’m going to be on the lookout for is In This Moment. I’m hooked on their song “The Promise,” and I can’t wait to see Maria Brink in action. Badass women in metal for the win.
It’s going to be a great time, even if it’s going to look, feel and sound like hell on earth (we’re having lovely 100+ degree temps in my neck of the woods–I don’t know how those guys do it. I’d collapse onstage). I’ll never forget attending one of these festivals a few years back…Atreyu had just taken the stage when the skies opened up in a HUGE freaking downpour, prompting a crowd rush to the area under the roof of the pavilion. It was absolute chaos and it got scary there for a few minutes, especially since hubby had gone to get a drink and I knew he was caught up in it somewhere. But he’s a big guy; he can take care of himself. :-) It was mostly me I was worried about! He managed to make it back to where I was but I think he had to manhandle his way through security, who was trying to hold the crowd back. The band just continued to rock out through it all while the thunder rumbled and the rain roared against the roof and the crowd went berserk. Perfect atmosphere. Good times, one of those moments you never forget.
So I’m hoping everyone stays healthy in the coming week and all goes according to plan. It’s been over a year since I’ve been to a concert and I’ve been going crazy for some live in-my-face rock. The guys (and gal) I’m seeing next Friday will definitely deliver, and I love ’em for it!
Well, he wished me happy birthday on Korn’s Modblast chat last year (WHY did I not get a screenshot? Because I was too busy hyperventilating, that’s why), so I feel I would be remiss in neglecting to wish Jonathan Davis of Korn a very happy 39th birthday today.
Although I’m sure he’ll never see this, and even if he did, he wouldn’t nearly pass out in starstruck bliss–if only!–I still felt the need to gush. He’s my idol, my muse, my favorite voice of all time. So few vocalists can sing like an angel one minute and roar like a demon the next. Even fewer can rip my heart to pieces and put it back together again all within the course of one song. I’m listening to him at this very moment, in fact, and basking in his sheer awesomeness.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet him twice, and while I couldn’t do much but gape either time, the collective thirty seconds of my life I’ve spent standing in his presence are thirty seconds I will never, ever forget. I hope I get to add a few more to them once Korn’s U.S. tour begins this year. (Yes, I’m a stalker, but I’m the fun kind. Promise.) ;)
So, Happy Birthday, Mr. Davis, and I hope it finds you happy, healthy… and of course, unrelentingly naughty!