Wild Ride: The Soundtrack

I need to take a better picture of the Wild Ride collage to put up here now that some of you have read it, so that won’t be today, but I did dig out the soundtrack. Some of these are referenced in the book and some were just playing in the background for some of the scenes. The main themes are mostly John Hiatt, especially the book’s love theme, “What Love Can Do.” I love how deceptively simple and unpolished that song is, and how it brims with happiness. That’s what I wanted the end of the book to feel like, when they’ve been through all that hell and made it out the other side (the ones that do make it, anyway) because they’ve learned what love can do. Great, great song. But I think Fun’s theme may really be the book’s theme, my favorite Pretender’s song, “Human” (ignoring the egregious grammatical error because the rest of the song is so good). Here’s the whole list:

“Alcohol,” Brad Paisley (Pavilion closing time theme)
“Is Anybody There?” John Hiatt (Glenda’s Theme)
“Child of the Wild Blue Yonder,” John Hiatt (Mab’s Theme)
“Master of Disaster,” John Hiatt (Ethan’s Theme)
“Follow Me,” Uncle Kracker (Joe’s Theme)
Human,” The Pretenders (Fun’s Theme)
“You’ve Got A Friend in Me,” Randy Newman (Mab and Ethan’s theme)
“It Hasn’t Happened Yet,” John Hiatt (Mab’s Emancipation theme)
“Have a Little Faith in Me,” John Hiatt (Oliver’s theme)
“What Love Can Do,” John Hiatt (Wild Ride love theme)

I may have missed one or two, but that’s pretty much Wild Ride. And thank you, John Hiatt and everybody else whose songs got me through this book.

12 thoughts on “Wild Ride: The Soundtrack

  1. Thanks for posting the play list. “Follow Me” is perfect for Joe and I’m glad he got his own song, separate from Fun.

    I’ve never done a playlist for a book but I’ve had certain songs trigger something in me that connects to some major point with one character or another. For example, Toby Keith has a song called “Rock You Baby” and I knew that the emotions expressed in that song were exactly right for the hero in my book and what he wanted to do for the heroine. (No, not the sex.)

    I’m signed up for Lani’s Discovery class. I think I might try putting together a playlist for the characters and story I’m going to work on in class and see what happens.


    1. Lani’s discovery class is amazing. She shows you to how to open up your book in so many different ways and then you can use all of those non-tradtional paths to story whenever you get stuck. You’re going to have a wonderful time.


  2. Hi Jenny! I had taken a long hiatus from your blog due to changing jobs and getting a new puppy but I’m so excited to read about all the changes for you!

    My new year’s resolution was to stop being a blog lurker so *tadah* here I am! I’ve been reading your books and blogs for several years now and all I can say is thank you! Thank you for making me laugh in the middle of a crowd (whether book or blog) and thank you for making me feel like a stalker as I check your blog daily…(ummmm… please don’t recoil now in suspicion :P)

    Congrats on your award, you deserve it and I’m hoping that there’s more to come…

    *whew* I know this is akin to a perfect stranger running up to you and verbal spill, but you’re my celebrity person inspiring awe… thanks again!


  3. I love your play list. I don’t make an actual play list, but I do choose a CD that becomes the music for the manuscript I’m working on. I guess that works, but I’m figuring when I take Lani’s Discovery class in June I’ll learn to be more creative.

    Jenny could you shed some light on a grammatical problem for me, please? I’ve always been told to avoid “and then” in my writing.

    I’m beta reading a 500 page novel written by a screenwriter friend and while it’s very exciting and well paced, his “and thens” bother me and there are several in each chapter. I did hours of research last night and can’t find an actual ruling against using “and then” but wonder if you can explain to me if this sentence is grammatically correct:
    “Jack felt him reposition the gun, and then heard the click of the safety going off.”


    1. I don’t think it’s grammatically wrong. I think it can be over-used. It’s necessary in if/then constructions, but after that it’s pretty much optional. I tend to use it when I want an extra beat of time in the action or to show a sequence or emphasize cause and effect.

      “She picked up the gun and then turned around” puts emphasis on the fact that she picked up the gun first and then deliberately turned around once she had the gun, as opposed to “She picked up the gun and turned around” which doesn’t have the deliberation of the first one and doesn’t emphasize the causal nature (that is, if she hadn’t picked up the gun, she wouldn’t have turned around). But really, most of the time, you can cut it. I usually go through and cut a lot of mine on the principle that any word that can be cut should be cut, and a lot of the time, the thens can go. Along with the justs. I have a thing for “just.”


  4. This is a public service announcement! If you happen to think of it and can think of something pleasant to do – tonight at 8:30 local time (where ever you are) is Earth Hour. It’s a time to turn off your lights for an hour and think about a more sustainable future.

    I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog comments.


  5. Thanks so much, Jenny, I really appreciate your help. I just finished searching through The Chicago Manual of Style, and I couldn’t find anything specific there either. I like your explanation. Being a screenwriter, my friend would think in beats. : )


    1. Or you could eliminate the “and” and have the same effect: “She picked up the gun, then turned around.” This retains the emphasis of two things happening in sequence. To me, “and then” is redundant.


  6. Hey! Thanks for posting this. I just finished the book yesterday and loved it. You’re so fun! (And Bob too). Thanks!! 🙂


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