Heidi Cullinan talks Fever Pitch and Mr. Music Please: The Intense, Extensive Soundtrack to Fever Pitch (Part 2) ~ Guest Blog, Giveaway, Rafflecopter
Mr. Music Please: The Intense, Extensive Soundtrack to Fever Pitch (Part 2)
Today we are lucky to have Heidi Cullinan with us talking about the soundtrack and playlist to her new book Fever Pitch. Let’s all slip on our headphones and get ready to do some listening about what inspires her.
In the first part of this guest post, I gave some background on how and why the
story soundtrack is so vital to Fever Pitch. In this installment, I’ll highlight several of
the tracks mentioned in the story or ones that will give you an idea of what things in
the story would sound like.
You can read this without spoilers, but it’s probably something to bookmark and
come back to once you’ve read for full effect. The links are to YouTube or iTunes,
though they’re all on Spotify also.
“Let’s Get It Started” by Tufts Beezlebubs: The first song you’ll “hear” the
Ambassadors perform. I see Baz belting it and hamming it up every time I listen to it.
“Somewhere Only We Know” in various incarnations: Aaron performs this on
the background of most of the novel.
“Lover to Lover” by Florence and the Machine: Not an a cappella version, as it is
in the story, but man what I’d give for someone to perform it so I could imagine my
boys doing it. This acoustic version is worth a listen, as it’s probably close to what
Aaron would play at home.
“Viva La Vida” by Noteworthy: This song is never directly mentioned in the story,
but it’s the best way to experience what Salvo, the girl group in Fever Pitch, sounds
“Earth” by Imogen Heap: Once you’ve listened to Noteworthy, listen to this, shut
your eyes and imagine the girl group performing it—and that is in the book.
“Canon in D”: The Saint Timothy Orchestra’s signature song for alumni. You
probably know the song, but if you’re a sentimental sort, play it while you read the
“I’m Coming After You” by Owl City: Not a cappella, but it isn’t in the story either.
Also, it’s a great song.
“Dynamite” by Redline: This song is a family favorite in our house, in this
arrangement. Very, very Ambassadors. (Here they are singing it live, version one
and two, though the quality is poor.)
“Titanium”: The arrangement at the end of the story is hard to describe, except to
(You want the 1:50 mark on that link to hear the snares.) It’s the song I most wish I
could see them perform. This a cappella version is good, but it’s not quite enough for
what I’m wishing for.
“Take Me Home” performed by Tufts Beezlebubs: Can’t tell you why you need
this song, but trust me, you’re going to want this link when you hit the final scene.
And if you want the full monty, this playlist can be enjoyed by you, for free, on
Spotify, anytime. (If that link doesn’t work, as is sometimes the case, follow me on
Spotify as Heidi Cullinan and hunt down the Fever Pitch Official playlist.)
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Coming September 30 from Samhain Publishing
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Blurb: Book Two of the Love Lessons Series
Sometimes you have to play love by ear.
Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away.
Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation, and where he’s headed to school.
Giles Mulder can’t wait to get the hell out of Oak Grove, Minnesota, and off to college, where he plans to play his violin and figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. But when Aaron appears on campus, memories of hometown hazing threaten what he’d hoped would be his haven.
As the semester wears on, their attraction crescendos from double-cautious to a rich, swelling chord. But if more than one set of controlling parents have their way, the music of their love could come to a shattering end.
Warning: Contains showmances, bad parenting, Walter Lucas, and a cappella.
To read an Excerpt from Fever Pitch click here.
Book Page for Love Lessons (book one in the series)
Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at http://www.heidicullinan.com.
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