The Mayor: Playlist

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that as of early Sunday morning there is a new page on my website underneath the section dedicated to my WIP, The Mayor. It contains a playlist.

Yes, as is fashionable nowadays (cheers, Stephenie Meyer) I have decided to share with you the music and songs that have either heavily inspired The Mayor or remind me of certain characters. I’ve had this playlist for years and years now (The Mayor has been brewing since roughly 2008). The other night I rediscovered it and made the dreadful mistake of putting it on at 1am thinking that it might help me sleep. Two hours later I was wide-awake, buzzing with ideas, scribbling frantically in my Evernote and cursing myself because I had to get up in a few hours to help walk my boyfriend’s dog. I think this means the playlist does its job…

I’ve put the songs in some form of vague chronological order so that you might be able to glean elements of the plot just by listening, although some songs e.g. ‘Identity Tokens’ and ‘Happy Birthday (My Olde Friend)’ don’t even correspond directly with the plot, they just conjure up a very particular atmosphere or character’s plight that inspires me to write. Others are more explicit e.g. ‘Trust Me’, ‘Electioneering’ and ‘In All My Dreams I Drown’ relate to very specific scenes. Others simply tell of a character’s motivations e.g. ‘Building Ships’ is Jaspher’s theme, ‘The Night’ is John’s and so on. The most important song on the playlist for me is without a doubt Rasputina’s ‘The Mayor’, which is the song that inspired the book in its entirety as well as its title. Rather unfortunately I could only find the live version on Spotify, but it serves the same purpose.

The playlist is largely devoid of my usual metal fare and is instead littered with baroque-goth sea shanties. It should hopefully successfully transport any listener to an 18th century shipping town riddled with pirates, sex-scandals and political corruption.

Click here to listen, and enjoy!

S.E. Berrow

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