FIRE IN THE SEA: The Soundtrack
As anyone who's listened to my podcasts will know, music plays a large part in my writing. I was very excited by the launch of Spotify in Australia, as I knew it would give me the chance to share a soundtrack for Fire in the Sea.
While working on a book, I often start by creating a playlist that captures the feel of the piece. I think music has always been my chief inspiration. I’ve always been striving to capture that strange effect a good song can have on you — that sense of possibility and memory and hope and beautiful despair.
For Fire in the Sea, I tried to choose songs I thought Sadie (or her parents) might listen to, but also songs that spoke to me about heat and dust and blue skies and heartbreak.
The key track for me was Wye Oak’s Civilian, from the album of the same name. There’s something in that line ‘I still keep my baby teeth in my bedside table, with my jewellery’ that spoke to me of that space between childhood and adulthood; of things that we can’t quite bring to let go, even as they gather dust.
Anyway, here’s a selection from a much larger list. Hope you enjoy it!