I’ve posted about writing mood music and soundtracks for my stories before, but I thought it’d be fun to bring the official, post-published soundtrack for Fortitude to the forefront of my site for a little while.
Fast fact: I can’t listen to music with lyrics while editing—only when writing fresh scenes. “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” and “Pride & Prejudice” (2005) soundtrack albums were the most listened to during edits on Fortitude.
While the “Fortitude Groove” playlist has over fourteen hours of tunes (including the above albums), I narrowed down songs for specific scenes in the book. A few of the songs transcend their listed chapters like “No Stone Unturned” and “Carry On.” Those two embody the whole theme of the book while the others merely highlight certain sections. I’m including Youtube links for those two songs for three reasons: their importance, their awesomeness, and the fact that some of the other songs are so obscure they aren’t on the web/there isn’t a decent video for them. It’s important to note that the songs aren’t always from Claire’s perspective even though she’s the main character. Sometimes the music is from the point of view of one of the secondary characters or even shared by more than one person.
Obvious Fact: I’m sure you’ll notice a certain fondness of a few musicians on here. Without further ado, here’s Fortitude’s soundtrack:
Chapter One: “Another Road” Mitch Malloy
Chapter Four: “When the Smoke Clears” Mitch Malloy
Chapter Six: “Right to Respect” Joey Tempest
Chapter Eleven: “Kick a Little” Little Texas
Chapter Fourteen: “If” The Cult
Chapter Seventeen: “For Your Love” Hanson
Chapter Twenty: “No Stone Unturned” Europe
Chapter Twenty-five: “Angels (With Broken Hearts)” Europe
Chapter Twenty-seven: “Reason” Europe
Chapter Twenty-nine: “Carry On” Mitch Malloy
Chapter Thirty-eight: “Roll With You” Europe
Chapter Forty: “Let ‘em Whirl” Blackhawk
Curious? Go look up the songs, listen for yourself (if you can find them), and then come back and share your thoughts.
P.S. I like to hide song titles in all my manuscripts, but unless you’re familiar with the selections in my iTunes account you’ll never catch them.