MIXTAPE: Control

Friday, August 16, 2013

Control by Arra A on Grooveshark
This mix is based on the book I've recently read, Control  by Kim Curran. To read the summary and my review about it, check it here. To be honest, I was not able to listen to music while I was reading since I wanted to save more battery for that. Yes, I'm reading through my Kindle application in my android phone. But I was able to get a few ideas with the help of some movies I watched and our helper's radio. These songs were compiled chronologically to fit the order of the events in the story. I believed that the music I chose (well, for me) also depicts the emotions that I was able to feel with the help of the characters, the world building, etc. In creating this mix, I mostly focused on Scott and Aubrey since the strong emotions I felt really revolve around them. That's where I really lost myself in the book.
Please don't read below this line if you haven't read the book. I might tell some spoilers but I will TRY to avoid them as much as I can. But if you can't resist, go ahead. :)

Here are the reasons why I chose the songs. These are specifically picked for particular scenes:

1. It's Time by Imagine Dragons - I think this song is a great starter while you are reading the book. If you remember Scott on the first book, Shift, he was not that confident about himself. He felt like he doesn't fit in his school or in the crowd. He was like a wallflower until he learned that he was special. He was a Shifter (this is not a spoiler, it's on the blurb). Now, there's a place that can embrace him for who he is, a group that he belongs to. Plus, he excels in it. So you'll meet a much different, more mature (in a way) Scott. It's just a feel good song that it gives a surge of confidence or strength that I felt it was a good match for Scott's character development. As cliche as it may sound, it is his time.

It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand
That I'm never changing who I am

2. Radioactive by Kings of Leon - This is actually a random song. I remember typing Kings of Leon on my phone to take note that Scott listens to their music (I think that happened on Shift. Oops!). So I took the liberty to choose one of their songs that I love. It's also a kickass tune so I think it can work as a background music for some Shifter action.

It's in the water...
It's in the story
It's where you came from
The sons and daughters
In all their glory
It's gonna shape them
And when they clash
And come together
And start rising

Just drink the water

3. Stay by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko - This is for that perfect night Scott and Aubrey shared that had happened in Frankie's place. They didn't need to do it (you know what I mean, don't be a prude) to make it special. I think it was so sweet and romantic. Such innocent love that made me smile while I was reading that scene. They were just so happy and I felt it. I also chose these lines (see below) because I think it can be Aubrey's actual POV (point-of-view).

Ooh, ooh, ooh, the reason I hold on
Ooh, ooh, ooh, 'cause I need this hole gone
Funny you're the broken one but I'm the only one who needed saving

'Cause when you never see the light it's hard to know which one of us is caving.

4. Vulnerable by Roxette - I'm sorry I'm not sorry if I sound so old school for choosing this song but I think this fit a particular scene--when Aubrey saw Scott in an inappropriate situation (trying to cover the spoilers here). I imagined how she was so crushed and I saw how her strong facade crumbled down. It was so heart-breaking.

She's so vulnerable, like china in my hands
She's so vulnerable and I don't understand
I could never hurt the one I love

She's all I've got

5. My Fault by Imagine Dragons - Cue this song after Aubrey walked out. I imagined this playing while Scott was running non-stop. He was so confused, tired and also hurt because he didn't mean to cause so much pain to Aubrey. He was definitely blaming himself for everything.

I took a walk on a Saturday night
Fog in the air
Just to make my mind seem clear
Where do I go from here?
I see my breath pushing steam through the air
Shaking hands run through my hair

My fears, where do I go from here?

6. Aubrey by Bread - This song just brings a distinct melancholic tune I was looking for. It was so depressing and sad to listen to. This serves as Scott's POV--when he went on a mission alone and fight to prove everyone, especially Aubrey, that his suspicions was right, despite being stripped off his abilities. I can see this playing while he was losing it and seeing Aubrey's face in every single punch he made.

And Aubrey was her name,
A not so very ordinary girl or name.
But who's to blame?
For a love that wouldn't bloom
For the hearts that never played in tune.
Like a lovely melody that everyone can sing,
Take away the words that rhyme it doesn't mean a thing.

And Aubrey was her name.

7. Fix You - Coldplay - This is for the confrontation scene. Scott was able to recover but something happened that he didn't expect. Someone saved him from his death. To be honest, I was dumbstruck when I read this. I can't keep my tears from falling now.

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste

Could it be worse?

8. Don't You (Forget About Me) - This is the end. As the song goes...

Will you recognize me?
Call my name or walk on by
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling

Down, down, down, down

I hope you enjoy listening to them! You can also share your thoughts about this mix.

Also don't forget to join the Twitter competition to win 5 signed copies of Shift & Control by Kim Curran. Read the mechanics here.

Have a great weekend!

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