Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Need Your Help!

Hey peeps!



In other news, I'm in the midst of writing a new book. I can't talk about it yet, but I can share this - it is a coming-of-age story set in Tennessee.

And here is why I need your help.

I have CSS. Yes, Chronic Soundtrack Syndrome. Sometimes called CPS - Chronic Playlist Syndrome. It is a disease that afflicts many authors these days. We need playlists or soundtracks in order to write. The lack of proper music will drive us craaaaaazy.

So, I ask for your help today, peeps. I ask for music suggestions. I"m looking for country music - think old school 90s like Deana Carter or, if you go modern, in the style of Miranda Lambert. I need songs about summer, first love, growing up, and family. Also, if you know any classic country-western songs, those would be great mood setters for the writing and I'd appreciate any suggestions!


Thank you.


Seriously, though, music suggestions = mucho awesome. Love y'all!

Peace, yo.


Catherine said...

Have you tried "The Wreckers"? It's the duo of Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp.

Magan said...

Haha I do have a country music playlist on Pandora...this question was waiting for me, lol.

*A place in this world- Taylor Swift
*Better Life- Keith Urban
*Bless the broken road- Rascall Flatts
*Guys like me- Eric Church
*I'm only me when I'm with you-Taylor Swift
*You're my better half- Keith Urban

Hope that gets you started :) Interested to see what you are up to.

Kody Keplinger said...

Thanks y'all!

I actually have heard of - and LOVE LOVE LOVE The Wreckers. Their song "Tennessee" is on my playlist. They are amazing!

Kathleen said...

No one needs to Know - Shania Twain
We Danced Anyway - Deana Carter
This Kiss - Faith Hill

And it's a little older but I've always liked Safe in the Arms of Love by Michelle Wright

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I don't listen to a lot of country. But, I used to like "Fancy" by Reba McEntire when I was in grade school. Good luck getting some songs from people who love this genre!

Oh, and there's that movie I liked a while back...It has a pretty good soundtrack. Here's a link:

And, thanks for the package! One of my students was so excited to hear The DUFF on audio that I let her be the first to listen. She took it home over break. Keep doin' what you do best!

Missy said...

If you're looking for female country artists with that "attitude" but also soul...I suggest Jo Dee Messina, Lee Ann Womack, SHeDaisy (group), and maybe Martina McBride.

I don't listen to enough of this type of country to recommend specific songs (I prefer alt country, but I do love Deana Carter), but there's a really cool website that finds similar artists:

Hope this helps. btw, can you tell I'm a librarian? :)

Lale said...

I don't exactly listen to much country, but I do love 'Forever and ever, amen' by Randy Travis. Very cute :)

Becca C. said...

Country is the one genre I'm not a big fan of, but a couple country-ish songs I love are "Rocky Mountain High" and "Take Me Home Country Roads" by John Denver, "The Devil's Right Hand" by Steve Earle, and "Ocean" by John Butler Trio - which is an epic, 12-minute guitar instrumental, which helped set the mood for my own Southern novel :)

Nicole said...

Ooh I love Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter. Hearing that song always makes me feel like 17 again. A wonderful summer and first love song, too.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I'm crazy when it comes to playlists. I can't do anything until I make the perfect compilation of songs.

Here's a few that I hope help you out:

*From the movie Country Song, Give Into Me - Garrett Hedlund & Leighton Meester
*She's In Love With the Boy - Trisha Yearwood
*Summertime - Kenny Chesney
*Mayberry - Rascal Flatts
I'm a fan of anything by Lady Antebellum & Taylor Swift too.

And if you want some classic country, try Write This Down by George Strait.

Allison said...

Old school 90s country equals Martina McBride, Diamond Rio and Garth Brooks for me. Anything and everything by them.

She's in Love with the Boy - Trisha Yearwood

Chatahoochee - Alan Jackson

One More Last Chance - Vince Gill

My Maria - Brooks & Dunn

La-La-La-Laurie said...

Whenever I want to get in a country mood, I love to hear "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show. Classic. More currently, I'm into Jerrod Neimann ("What Do You Want" is my angst song of the year) and Zac Brown Band (their new cd is pretty awesome). Also, Taylor Swift's Speak Now cd (but I live for Taylor).

Khadija said...

i don't do country...

Listen to them these though seriously they are great:

'Shark in the Water' by V.V. Brown
'Soul Sister' by TRAIN
'Factory Girl' by The Pretty Reckless
'You' by The Pretty Reckless
'Secrets' by OneRepublic
'Good Life' by OneRepublic
'Sick Muse' by Metric
'Gimme Sympathy' by Metric
'Call it Off' by Tegan and Sarah

Lori said...

I'm super excited that you are writing a book set in TN!! I'm from TN!! But I hate country music =/ But might I suggest some good ol' southern rock instead?

Lynyrd Skynyrd!! We really do listen to them in the South as Hollywood suggests. :)

And for something more modern, Kings of Leon! They are kinda alternative southern rock. They have a song Back Down South that has a big country feel.

Hope you find some good stuff!!

Mandy said...

Off the top of my head:

-Trisha Yearwood "She's In Love With the Boy" has been mentioned a few times, good one.

-Tim McGraw "Something Like That," "Don't Take the Girl," "Watch the Wind Blow By"

-Garth Brooks "That Summer" "Unanswered Prayers"

-Kenny Chesney "I Go Back," "Don't Happen Twice," "Back Where I Come From," (he's from East Tenn)

-Easton Corbin "A Little More Country Than That"

-Alan Jackson "Drive" "Small Town Southern Man"

- Craig Morgan "That's What I Love About Sundays"

-George Strait: "Check Yes or No"

-Nitty Gritty Dirt Band "Fishin' In the Dark" (redone by Emerson Drive)

-Sara Evans: "Suds in the Bucket," "A Real Fine Place to Start"

Holly Bodger said...

"Crying" by KD Lang & Roy Orbinson. A bit more appropriate for when things go wrong in first love but still a beautiful song.

Sarah Goldberg said...

Don't know much country, but I DO love Caitlin Rose, apparently hailed as the 'savior of country music.' Maybe not as glossily produced as mainstream country, but really very lovely.

Anonymous said...

I would say some of Carrie Underwood's songs, and some of Natalie Grant's. Mayber the Ryder sisters (or is it a mother/aughter duo)? Interstingly, I live in Nashville, so all around Opryland there's pictures of big country stars, yet I can't remember any of them when I ACTUALLY need this information.

MariaTN said...

I know this post is a few days old but being a Tennesseean, I feel a little southern hospitality is in order here. :)
A few of these might have already been mentioned, but definitely anything by Lynyrd Skynrd, Tim McGraw's "Not a Moment Too Soon" album, Mindy McCready's "Ten Thousand Angels", Trisha Yearwood's self-titled album, and LeAnn Rimes' "Blue"

Grace said...

"My Oh My" by The Wreckers definitely. And "Stand Still Look Pretty" too.

Jennefer said...

"tim mcgraw" -taylor swift

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