SEEING THROUGH STONES by Rajdeep Paulus
Not sure how many of you couched it last night for the Red Carpet event, and to be honest, there are years that go by when I’m happy to watch the highlights the next day and read the winners’ list online. Last night, we watched the Oscars, and for one reason alone: Frozen. It was the movie, although animated and without real live actors, per se, that moved us as a family, and we were excited to see if it would win any awards and even more excited to hear Idina Menzel sing it on stage.
Turns out the song, “Let it Go,” is also on the playlist for Seeing Through Stones, the latest release from Playlist Fiction. Because the best part of the Oscars, besides the hilarious Ellen who ordered pizza for a few lucky front row-ers, was the music. From Despicable Me’s “Happy” and U2′s tribute to Mandela to Pink’s “Somewhere over the rainbow” and Bette Midler’s blast from the past trip back to Beaches, the performances made the night for me and the family who went to bed bleary-eyed waiting up for “Let it Go.” But the show stealer of the night was the spontaneous singing thank you when Darlene Love belted out a few lines from “His Eye is on the Sparrow!” For a nice little stroll down the 2014 Oscars musical lane, check out the countdown of the songs on Yahoo‘s blog.
If I had an Oscars event for Seeing Through Stones, I’d dress up Talia in Sandra Bullock’s blue dress (with a light sweater or shawl, of course), give Lagan Will Smith’s look with his tux, put Jesse in a John Stamos get-up and Summer would wear something like what Chrissy Teigen wore last night.
[All images taken from Ellen's Report Card of Red Carpet Wear]
So I thought it only fitting to post the first Seeing Through Stones blog by rolling out the red carpet and sharing the Playlist.
“Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot
I used this song for my Trailer, which I risked life and limb to create. (Not really, but it was brrrrrr-ishly cold the morning I filmed the train scene!) Oh. And Jesse’s story is perfect with this song.
“Lightning Eyes” by Evan Chambers <—-FREE DOWNLOAD of the song of this up and coming artist and friend of a friend.
This would the Lagan and Talia song of the book! Yep. No spoilers, but this particular tune came before the scene. I guess there’s a first time for everything.
“You Got It” by Family Force 5
This is like a deleted scene song that would play in the background as Lagan daydreams about Talia.
“Somebody” by Bridgit Mendler Lemonade Mouth
For the shelter. And all the women who are Somebody!
“Hope Is What We CRAVE” by for KING & COUNTRY
Possibly the Theme song of the book, because in the end, Hope is what Jesse and Talia crave.
“Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty
I kind of imagine the final scenes of the book with this song. Jesse. That is all I’m gonna say about that.
“Drifting” (feat. Dan Haseltine) by Plumb & Dan Haseltine
This would play during a key scene with Jesse as he struggles with his past.
“True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper
This song just reminds me of Summer. Colorful. Pretty.
“American Noise” by Skillet
Think of this song as I picture Jesse finding his way around the streets of Chicago.
“Overcomer” by Mandisa
Another dedication to the women in the shelter. And Talia, of course.
“Kal Ho Naa Ho” by Sonu Nigam
Translated, “Tomorrow might not come,” and a little ethnic flavor to the playlist since the journey for both Talia and Jesse involves trying to find their place between yesterday and tomorrow.
“Through the Fire” by Chaka Khan
Well. I think that one is obvious.
“Let It Go” by Idina Menzel Frozen
Because both Jesse and Talia have some “letting go” to work through in this book.
“Roll Away Your Stone” by Mumford & Sons
Had to find one song with the word “Stone” in it to go with the title!
“Latika’s Theme” by A.R. Rahman & Suzanne Slumdog Millionaire
One extra masala-marinated tune to throw in the mix. I just love this music and I can hear it in so many scenes with Talia.
Sorry for the skimpy explanations, but not wanting to give away any spoilers since the book just came out. If you’re like me, and like a little background noise when you read or write, you can create a playlist on Grooveshark and dive in.
Thank you from the top of my waterfalls to the bottom of my ocean floor heart for all your enthusiasm over Swimming Through Clouds last year. The wait is over! Welcome to the world, Seeing Through Stones. Go forth, and find your place on the bookshelves of their hearts. And don’t forget your evening wear and playlist for a night to remember.
AND to celebrate, I’m having my first BIG Giveaway with lots of winners and ways to enter. Pick up a copy of Seeing Through Stones and Dive into Talia and Jesse’s world.
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Can’t come to your house and bake cookies but I can introduce to you a new book, and hopefully, Seeing Through Stones will bring you a little warmth to combat the winter blues.
And you? Did you watch the Oscars last night? What was your favorite part? Song? Dress or Ellen Line? If you were to attend, what would be your dream dress/outfit? Feel free to post or tweet me @rajdeeppaulus and/or @playlistfiction a pic!
Rajdeep Paulus is the author of Swimming Through Clouds, is mommy to four princesses, wife of Sunshine, a coffee-addict and a chocoholic. As of this June 2013, she’s a Tough Mudder. To find out more, visit her website or connect with her via Facebook , Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram .