My Best Everything Playlist & Giveaway by Sarah Tomp
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MY BEST EVERYTHING SUMMER PLAYLIST(S) by Sarah Tomp
Every memorable summer has a soundtrack. It always amazes me how a particular song can serve as a kind of time-machine, taking you back to a specific place and time. Years later, when you hear that song, feelings come rushing back, making a place, a person, a moment vivid and bright again.
When I was writing My Best Everything, I knew my characters were listening to music throughout. Most teens do! But also, in my story, Lulu’s best friend Roni joins a band and she starts writing songs. In fact, my very first working draft was called Country Love Song.
So today I am pleased to share two playlists! First we have Lulu and Roni’s version, and then Mason and Bucky teamed up to share their side of the story. After all, there’s always more than one way to look at things.
LULU AND RONI’S SUMMER PLAYLIST
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
This classic song captures Lulu’s longing to leave town and head off to somewhere brighter. The island feel of this particular version evokes the sunshine and beach waiting for her in San Diego.
KISS ME, Sixpence None the Richer
I love the hypnotic and dreamy mood of being out in the dark night under the stars and moon. Plus, Lulu waits a long time for Mason to finally kiss her.
LOOKS LIKE LOVE, Needtobreathe
Two reasons for including this song: It’s all about being afraid of love and not being able to say those three words—that’s Lulu, most definitely. But also, while writing this, I saw Needtobreathe perform on a boat in the San Diego harbor. It was an incredible night and performance—they helped form my vision of Roni’s band, Lullaby Breaker.
MOONSHINE, Sara Haze
The title, obviously, but these lines specifically: “Grab a mason jar of fireflies to be our light/Look in my eyes, you’ve got the moon, I’ve got the shine.”
This song captures that magical floaty feeling of being young and in love in the summertime, when all that matters in the whole wide universe is that special person next to you.
GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG, Maddie and Tea
I love the sassy feminist take in this song—a very Lulu-esque perspective! Now that Roni is making her way through the boys’ club of country music, she’s going to need stay tough…but she’ll look good doing it.
BAREFOOT BLUEJEAN NIGHT, Jake Owen
I love how this song captures the freedom—and wildness—of what summer can be when you’re young and with friends.
BACK IN BABY’S ARMS, Patsy Cline
I chose this song because I’m sure Patsy is one of Roni’s heroes. But also, because of the name “Baby.” This takes on two meanings in my story!
MINE WOULD BE YOU, Blake Shelton
If I were to pick only one song, this would be the one. I think the lyrics sum up the love story of Lulu and Mason, perfectly.
MASON AND BUCKY’S SUMMER PLAYLIST
HARD TO LOVE, Lee Brice
I don’t think Mason is hard to love, but he does. And, truth be told, this is Bucky too. He’s so much more in love with Roni than he’s willing to admit.
YOU AND TEQUILA, Kenny Chesney
As much as Mason loves Lulu, this moonshine business she’s dragged him into isn’t good for him. She and his old love, moonshine, get awfully tangled up with one another.
SHE’S EVERYTHING, Brad Paisley
I love how this song celebrates the way we love a person’s flaws as much as their strengths. This could be either Mason or Bucky singing, if they had the talent.
AWFUL BEAUTIFUL LIFE, Darryl Worley
This song feels like home to me. It captures the setting of My Best Everything. But also, it sums up how I feel: “I love this crazy tragic, sometimes almost magic, awful beautiful life.”
I HOLD ON, Dierks Bentley
This, again, could be either Mason or Bucky. Each of them is steady and loyal, almost to a fault. Much more than Lulu or Roni, who are more likely to be looking ahead.
GIVE ME BACK MY HOMETOWN, Eric Church
This song just kind of breaks my heart thinking of how missing a person can skew your view of everything. It speaks to a central theme in my story—how we can both love a place and hate it. Or we love a place, but it’s not quite right for us either.
WOULD YOU GO WITH ME?, Josh Turner
I might be including this one simply because I love Mr. Turner’s deep voice. This is how I imagine Grungie, the lead singer for Lullaby Breaker, sounds. Thunder-rumble, toe-curling deep.
HOME, Phillip Phillips
I love the idea that we can make home anywhere, especially if we’re with the right person. And this line is one that Lulu needs to hear: “If you get lost, you can always be found.”
MINE WOULD BE YOU, Blake Shelton
See above. Lulu and Mason might argue about some things, but they both know this is their song. Absolutely, for sure and for certain.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog today!
Thank you so much for stopping by, Sarah!
About MY BEST EVERYTHING:
Maybe if you were here to tell me again, to explain it one more time, then maybe I wouldn’t feel so uncertain. But I’m going back to the beginning on my own. To see what happened and why.
Luisa “Lulu” Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.
Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (definitely illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends, Roni and Bucky. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, Lulu turns to Mason: a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything – including her heart?
The summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating. My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason – though is it an apology, a good-bye, or a love letter?
Sarah Tomp has a MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
My Best Everything, a novel for young adults, will be published March 2015 by Little, Brown Books.
She is also the author of a picture book; Red, White, and Blue Good-bye (Walker Books for Young Readers).
Photo by Roxyanne Young
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