RTW: My Summer Soundtrack

Today is Road Trip Wednesday! What is that? It is a blog carnival where the contributors of YA Highway post a weekly topic and participants write their responses. You can jump from blog to blog to see each blogger's take on the question. 

Topic of the week:

What music has been your summer soundtrack?

I listen to music mostly when I'm on the computer working on my projects or catching up with friends "back home". While writing, I sometimes have a particular feel of music in mind. For KIN, which is a Japanese-folklore based story, I went to the music of Joe Hisaishi. He composed the music for the majority of the Ghibli movies and they capture the right emotions for my story.

This summer, I worked on my sci-fi project Bright World. It was so different from anything that I've ever worked on before. I relied heavily on the magic of Pandora to find me the right tunes. I played with the stations and found the Weezer (90s) rock helped get the words out. However, the music station of Florence and the Machine is what really inspired me as I sometimes sat working through a scene unfolding in my mind. 

Here are the three songs that stick out the most to me this summer:

Mumford and Sons- Awake my Soul

Shake it Off- Florence and the Machine

I Won't Give Up- Jason Mraz

Bonus: Katy Perry-Wide Awake 
This one is not as dark and I love how this video uses Facebook. I believe this is an impressive fan video.

Feel free to share your summer songs in the comments below and thanks for stopping by!



  1. I looooooooove Flo and Mumford and Sons. Great choices :D

    1. I just got into Mumford and Sons. How did I stay away for that long?

  2. I wonder if my daughter knows of Joe Hisaishi? She's really into Asian music and culture, and while her own music tastes lean more toward J-Pop and K-Pop, she's usually aware of other popular artists. I'll have to ask. :)

    1. If she has seen a Ghibli movie, she will recognize the music. This is one of my favorites to listen to when I need something to really pull the emotion into my writing.

  3. Lots of Florence and The Machine today! LOVE her! And I like Katy Perry too ;)
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. I almost didn't put Katy Perry, but I figured I needed something to bump down my cool kid cred. :)

  4. I love that Jason Mraz song but I never knew who it was by!

    1. I really love "I'm Yours", but this song is the opposite it. Very pull at the heartstrings! Glad I could help you out in finding the artist!

  5. Florence and the machine & Mumford and Sons are popular this week! I completely agree though, I love them both as well :D
    My summer playlist has been more relaxed, with one favorite song whose lyrics were penned by a YA author!


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