I listen to a lot of music. When riding on the trains, when walking from place to place, or when cleaning. I really love listening to music when I’m writing and sometimes find myself inspired by certain songs. There’s a certain ambiance that music can give a scene or the setting and I love conveying that through my words.
Likewise, there’s music that reminds me of certain places or things, such as books. As part of the Devil’s Own I was tasked with creating a playlist of songs that reminded me of Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician, be it characters, setting, or scene. I had a ton of fun doing it and wanted to share it with you here!
1. “Shine on, Harvest Moon” sung by Ruth Etting.
I get Harte and Esta vibes from this song. It reminds me of how slow their friendship (possibly more!) built up. Plus it’s just a really great old song. I love the voice of the singer.
2. “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” sung by Cage the Elephant (though my SoundCloud link has a Foo Fighters cover).
I mean, this one basically reminds me of all of the Mageus. They’re doing things for a reason, but sometimes they’re quite wicked according to others. This song is about people who do what they can to survive and I thought it fit Dolph, Esta, Harte, and the other characters quite well.
3. “Dream a Little Dream of Me” sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.
Ella and Louis are two of my favorite old singers and even though the era of the song is later than the setting of this book, this song gives me so many Last Magician vibes. I feel like it’s perfect for walking the streets of Manhattan in the early morning after a party and there’s a slight drizzle of rain falling down.
4. “La Vie en Rose” sung by Louis Armstrong.
I hope I’m not cheating by including two from the same person, but I love these songs so much. This one reminds so much of hanging out on rooftops with your beau and watching the sun rise. This one is for all the couples in The Last Magician.
5. “O Valencia” sung by The Decemberists.
This is my Dolph song. The story the song tells reminds me a lot of the things he went through. I’m going to keep it spoiler free here, but if you’ve The Last Magician you may know what I’m talking about.
6. ” 鎌倉(Kamakura)” performed by Moe Shibata.
This song is for Esta. It’s the song that I imagine playing when she walks through time.
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My playlist can be found here. I know SoundCloud isn’t accessible in every country, so I included YouTube links as well!
Let me know what you think of my playlist! Did you make a playlist? Put a link in the comments so I can check them out!
The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell will be available on October 9th, 2018. Check out the website for more information. #devilsthief