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05/27/22
The Moon and the Tower

A mix of 60’s hits and deep tracks that comprise the soundtrack of my coming-of-age novel, The Moon and the Tower, set in 1964, in Moab, Utah. 

During the lockdown I kept sane traveling back to 1964 to work on my historical novel. Music was a major draw––returning to all-time favorites while also discovering new artists. I inserted songs into the narrative to dramatize themes, like the clash between old and new typical of a coming-of-age: my seventeen-year-old protagonist, Jim, loves the Beatles, while his stuntman Dad prefers Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. I also picked tunes to build character dynamics too. Jim’s best friend (and love interest) communicates to him through the lyrics of Bob Dylan, while an older mentor, an ex-Navy man and helicopter pilot, encourages him to find his groove through R&B powerhouses, Alvin Johnson and Major Lance. Why not use music to bring depth and vividness to our stories? It’s a pleasure and a privilege to compose the soundtrack to our made-up worlds. 

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