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A Measure of Happiness Playlist

The songs below all influenced me while I was writing A Measure of Happiness.

“Slide” and “Iris” Goo Goo Dolls

Celeste and Zach connect over their shared affection for the Goo Goo Dolls. In the words of Celeste: “Rock on, baby.”

“Free Bird” Lynyrd Skynyrd

The song plays during a pivotal moment in Katherine’s past when she connects with another free bird and changes her life forever.

“Honesty” Billy Joel

A pivotal moment for Celeste. According to the song, “honesty” is such a lonely word—something Celeste belatedly discovers.

“Monday, Monday” The Mamas and the Papas

Here Katherine is thinking about the lack of guarantees and all she has to lose.

“Drive My Car” The Beatles

When distress renders Celeste speechless, she connects with Zach through music.

“Don’t Dream It’s Over” Crowded House

I don’t want to give anything away, but I promise you’ll enjoy discovering the story connection.

“I Would Die 4 U” Prince

Ditto! (Not included on the YouTube playlist.)