Darling: The Soundtrack to the Novel – The Mythology of Darling Part 3

Also check out Part 1: Black Hounds and Part 2: A Ghost Story for Halloween

Okay, so I admit this one’s a bit of a stretch. The soundtrack to the novel presented as mythology? I’m with you. I’m kinda-sorta pulling a fast one here.

But the music I listened to while writing the novel certainly played a part in how it developed. Furthermore, while creating the perfect playlist to go along with the novel, I found that many of the songs not only captured the mood of a particular section of the novel but often captured more. Like the ghosts and haints and all of the storytelling and folklore from East Tennessee, there’s a very strong musical tradition, whether it be bluegrass or funeral dirges.

So I thought that, while I work on Part 4 of this series (which will do with a very creepy and very Appalachian legend), I thought I would share with you what I see as the perfect soundtrack for the novel. Not to mention the fact that I recently did a road trip with the amazing John Skipp, who is as brilliant as creating mix CD’s for long rides as he is editing anthologies. I won’t explain why certain songs appear where they do but, if you read the novel, you should see why.  And besides, it’s Halloween. Everyone should be looking for a nice selection of music to help set the mood.

If you’re interested, you can check out the complete soundtrack on iTunes.

Here’s the lineup (I’ve provided videos for some):

1. Peace of Mind – Boston

2. Minding My Own Business – Coconut Records

3. The Amityville Horror Theme – Lalo Schifrin

4. A Smaller God – Darling Violetta

5. I Want to Kill You – Darling Violetta

6. Kabangin’ All Night – Genitorturers

7. Fantasia in D Minor – Mozart

8. The Last Day I Was Happy – Scarling

9. Thirteen – Johnny Cash

10. Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones

11. Helen’s Theme (Candyman) – Phillip Glass

12. Creepy Green Light – Type O Negative

13. Mishima Closing – Phillip Glass

14. Squealer – Genitorturers

15. I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab For Cutie

16. House of Shame – Genitorturers

17. You Don’t Know What Love Is – John Martyn & The Guy Barker International Quintet

18. Iron – Woodkid

19. Come to Me – Velvet Chain

20. Time Has Come Today – The Chambers Brothers

21. Battery – Metallica

22. Terrorvision – Genitorturers

23. O Death – Ralph Stanley

 

Brad C. Hodson is a writer living in Los Angeles. His novel DARLING is available from Bad Moon Books.

 

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