Time After Time Playlist & Giveaway: Anna’s Song
Today we are SO excited to be sharing one of the songs from Anna’s playlist, which is rocking all sorts of period appropriate 90’s jams. When we were faced with the list and told to pick, it was both an incredibly fun and difficult task for our 90’s music-obsessed brains to handle. Each of the songs on the list is wonderful and speaks to the story and Anna’s experiences and feelings in some way. However, one song stood out for us as the PERFECT fit for Anna and Bennett’s unique love across time. Without further ado, here is today’s song in Anna’s playlist:
Tonight, Tonight by The Smashing Pumpkins
Time is never time at all
You can never ever leave without leaving a piece of youth
And our lives are forever changed
We will never be the same
The more you change the less you feel
Believe, believe in me, believe
That life can change, that you’re not stuck in vain
We’re not the same, we’re different tonight
Tonight, so bright
And you know you’re never sure
But you’re sure you could be right
If you held yourself up to the light
And the embers never fade in your city by the lake
The place where you were born
Believe, believe in me, believe
In the resolute urgency of now
And if you believe there’s not a chance tonight
Tonight, so bright
We’ll crucify the insincere tonight
We’ll make things right, we’ll feel it all tonight
We’ll find a way to offer up the night tonight
The indescribable moments of your life tonight
The impossible is possible tonight
Believe in me as I believe in you, tonight
Aren’t these lyrics perfect for a story about impossible love across time, one made possible by the belief that love can triumph against improbable odds? Bennett and Anna face many challenges in Time After Time, and this song captures that tension and the spirit of hope when faced with it remarkably well.
When we chose Tonight, Tonight, Tamara shared a wonderful backstory about the song that has us even more convinced of our song choice:
I knew I had to have a Smashing Pumpkins reference in this book because the band is from Chicago and they were so huge in the mid-90s. “Today” is on Anna’s Time Between Us playlist, but it took me a while to figure out which song I wanted to include on her Time After Time playlist.
I wanted something off Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness since that album came out in October 1995. I’d heard the original version of “Tonight, Tonight” a million times, of course, but I’d never really listened to the words before. Then one day while I was researching songs, I stumbled across footage of the band performing it live in London in ’96 and it kind of blew my mind:
I thought this was so amazing. The lyrics really come through when you hear it with Billy Corgan’s incredible voice and an acoustic guitar, don’t they? I could just see Anna, Bennett, Justin, and Emma, right down in the front row, belting out every word.
Fun fact: These lines…
and the embers never fade in your city by the lake
the place where you were born
…refer to Chicago, the band’s hometown.
Isn’t this fun?
YES! In addition to Tonight, Tonight being a gorgeous song that fits the emotions of Anna and Bennett’s romance so well, the song makes mention of Anna’s city, Chicago. Bonus points!
Make sure to check out Tamara’s lovely thoughts on today’s song, and follow Anna and Bennett’s playlists for Time After Time on Spotify! Tracks will be added once the songs are revealed, so follow and they’ll show up in your feed as the tour continues.
About Time After Time:
It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?
Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.
About Time Between Us:
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.
As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.
About Tamara Ireland Stone:
Tamara lives with her husband and two children just outside San Francisco, California.
TIME BETWEEN US & TIME AFTER TIME are her companion novels. TIME BETWEEN US, told from Anna’s point of view, is available now. TIME AFTER TIME continues the story from Bennett’s perspective, and will be on shelves on October 8, 2013.
Tamara has graciously offered up not one, but TWO wonderful prizes to our readers!
1st prize: a pre-approved code for an early read of TIME AFTER TIME
2nd prize: an audiobook of TIME BETWEEN US
Just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below! This giveaway is international.