The Equilibrium Playlist
The songs below all influenced me while I was writing Equilibrium.
- “Cannonball” by Damien Rice. As part of my daily writing preparation, I listened to Damien Rice’s song “Cannonball,” part of the debut album titled O. The song reminded me most of Laura’s mindset, but I’d listen to it even if I were getting ready to write Darcy’s point of view. I’d also read a certain Rilke poem referenced in the novel and wave a wand three times. Call me superstitious. I’ve been called worse.
- “Breathe” by Melissa Etheridge. From the album Lucky, the heartfelt song plays when Darcy is first introduced and explains exactly how she feels about her father.
- “Both Sides, Now” by Joni Mitchell. This one’s from Joni Mitchell’s Hits. It made me think of the way I told the story, through both Laura’s and Darcy’s points of view. But the song’s really speaks more about Laura’s hard-earned wisdom.
- “Where Are We Runnin’?” by Lenny Kravitz. This song, from Lenny’s Baptism album, is totally Darcy, full of teenage edge and energy.
- “Fell in Love with A Boy” by Joss Stone. This one’s from the Soul Sessions album. Who do you think Joss is singing about? Who is the girl, or woman, in love?
- “Never Again” and Nickelback’s Silver Side Up. “Never Again” fits Nick perfectly, and the album plays through one of the scenes. No one’s really listening after the first song, though.
- “Moondance” by Van Morrison. The entire album plays during a pivotal scene. If you’ve read the novel, you know why.
- Train, Ray LaMontagne, and Adele. In the first Laura chapter, she mentions listening to the artists listed above. Let the record show, I am not Laura. However, I do in fact own and enjoy Train Save Me, San Francisco, Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise, and Adele 21.