Freakin' A. Thirty weeks in a row without missing a day. I'm thrilled with what I'm doing with this blog and website and I hope you guys are going to like the end product. That said, it's time for Paladin Playlist Number 30!
I seem to follow a pattern on this blog when it comes to the playlist. Song 1, something hard and in your face to emphasize the dark nature of the story and the dire straights my characters get into. Song 2, something light and cheery to bring back a shard of humanity. Well, this is the latter. Diana Krall's rendition of PS I Love You.
Why this song? Of everything I listen to while writing an urban fantasy novel with lots of demonic creatures, dark overtones, and some downright bloody scenes? Because this novel isn't just about the gore. It's about the life these people lead and sometimes that means just being alive. Not everyday of a police officer's life is gun shots and high speed chases. So, too, are the Paladins. And this humanizing, gentle song helps me capture that, despite everything that's going on with these people, they still live their lives.
I have to thank my high school friend and first college roommate for introducing me to Diana Krall. This song with her incredible voice just brings a calm that is hard to put into words. Where other songs talk about challenges, fighting, blood, and sacrifice, this song just talks about someone missing their loved one. Hell, the most exciting lyric in the song is "I burned a hole in the dining room table." That might turn some off, but that's precisely what I'm looking for when I listen to this. Simplicity. Yearning to be with someone. It's something that all characters, whether they kill vampires or kill roaches, can identify with.
Please enjoy Diana Krall's PS I Love You (on that note, I tried really hard to find an official release on YouTube for this, but both channels connected to Diana seem to only feature her new work. So... enjoy this random channel!)
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.