Tuesdsay Ten: The Soundtrack Edition

September 8, 2009 at 9:43 am (Events, Tuesday Ten)


It’s Tuesday. It’s Query Day. It is a beautiful and wonderful day.

Why is it a beautiful and wonderful day, you ask? You’re aware my yearly clock resets the day after Labor Day, infusing me with possibility and goals and creativity up to wazoo, but it’s also Query Day. This is the day I’m sending my newest baby out into the world, and I couldn’t be prouder.

I don’t know the exact moment BROKEN came to me, all I know is when the Girls decided to send it up, they spared nothing. They took over my iPod, worked their voodoo on it, and managed to send me the exact songs I needed to make this dark world come alive. I mean it was freaky how perfectly the songs I heard matched the book.

I loved writing this book. No, let me rephrase—I lo-oo-oo-oved writing this book! I loved doing my most recent read-through. I love closing my eyes and seeing it play like a movie. And I love the music.

So, in honor of Query Day and this beautiful and wonderful day, my Tuesday Ten is the soundtrack to BROKEN. (Though to be fair, there are 15 songs to it. I figured you, my beautiful and wonderful blog readers, wouldn’t mind if I played with the numbers a bit.) And, to give you the fullest sense of my wonderful book (I’m its mother—I can say it’s wonderful), here is my hook:

In Victorian London, Lady and King, a prostitute and a street fighter, are soulmates in their own separate hells. Both owned by a ruthless businessman, they need to decide if a chance at love is worth life and death.

Now, the soundtrack depends on some minor understanding of Michael Hauge’s Identity vs. Essence. For those of you unfamiliar with this concept, a quick description can be found here.

All good? And so, without further gilding the lily, and with no more ado, the Tuesday Ten BROKEN Soundtrack:

  • Act 1—King’s Identity: Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day (American Idiot)
  • Act 1—Lady’s Identity: Sex (I’m A…) by Berlin (Pleasure Victim)
  • Act 1—Their Song: I Fall to Pieces by Aaron Neville and Trisha Yearwood (Rhythm, Country and Blues)
  • Act 1—Turning Point: Try a Little Tenderness by The Commitments (The Commitments Soundtrack)
  • Act 2—Theme: Let Me Fall by Cirque Du Soleil (Quidam)
  • Act 2—King’s Essence: Why Can’t I Fall in Love by Ivan Neville (Pump Up The Volume Soundtrack)
  • Act 2—Lady’s Essence: Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths (Pretty in Pink Soundtrack)
  • Act 2—Turning Point: Come What May by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge Soundtrack)
  • Act 3—Theme: Tango de Roxanne by Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge Soundtrack)
  • Act 3—King’s Song: In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel (Say Anything Soundtrack)
  • Act 3—Lady’s Song: I’ll Stand By You by The Pretenders (Last of the Independents)
  • Act 3—Their Song: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen (Born to Run)
  • BBM—King’s Song: Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi (Crossroad)
  • BBM—Lady’s Song: Broken by Lindsey Haun (Broken Bridges Soundtrack)
  • Final Act—Their Song: I’d Die For You by Bon Jovi (Slippery When Wet)

I wish this kind of synergy and musical reaction could have happened on the book I’m starting now, but it came to me with just one picture and one song, so I can’t complain. In fact, I’m as giddy to start this one (FALLING AGAIN) as I am sending BROKEN out today. Life is truly, truly good.

And to add to all of that chocolate-covered goodness, check out my newly revamped webpage. I am just slinging my-baby-is-so-pretty-proudness all over the place!

Can you tell I’m a little bit excited? After having to miss Nationals and my yearly dose of writing juju this year, I may be overcompensating just a smidge. However, I am not apologizing. Writing should be this fun. Sending queries out should be exciting. Coming up with a perfect line in your synopsis should be worthy of many squees. We should all be celebrating our writing, every day.

Thanks for cheering with me.


  1. coffeegirl88 said,

    Your story sounds AMAZING! You’re getting plenty of postive wiffer vibes coming from the East.

    So, you soundtrack by act huh? How organized of you. I have a list, I let it play. I did segment the list for my NaNo book. One segment is just inspiration, another is sad/melancholy stuff, and the last is the hero’s music (he’s a musician). That’s the most organized I’ve ever been. I did learn the lesson that once I start writing, DO NOT CHANGE THE LIST. I did that and it took me nearly 2 weeks to get used to it again. There is magic in the way I organize the list before I start writing, so I don’t fiddle with it after that.

    Oh and yes, I think we’ve all figured you are very, very excited about this.

  2. Pamela Cayne said,

    Coffee-thanks, that means so much! And this soundtrack came to me by act–just worked out that way! Sorry you had to learn the hard way about fiddling, but it sounds like you fixed it, so that’s good. 🙂

  3. laineybancroft said,

    Woo Hoo soundtrack!

    Woo Hoo new site!

    Woo Ho…’

    K, so hang on, that’s getting really old.

    How ’bout:

    GO, Ms Cayne. GO! Sounds like you’ve got a winner on your hands. I ‘feel’ the sizzle and spark leaping from the pages. May all the talent and positive energy land you exactly where you want to be!

    (ps, love the “swing wide” bit. Must read, reread, lather, rinse, repeat)

  4. Kim said,

    Wow! Your girls even managed to inspire my girls! I love this post! Thank you!

    I’m with Cynthia – VERY impressive organizing songs by acts. I’ve been toying with the idea of redoing the soundtrack for my WIP, now that I have a really clear grasp of what it’s all about (I know … almost two years later, and I finally know what it’s about!). I think will use your idea!

    Love you, Pam! And Woo Hoo, indeed!

  5. Montana (curtbooks) said,

    I’m so excited for you, and so proud! What a great post. Thank you.

  6. So, what gives? « Kimberly Foley said,

    […] been the last few months. I probably wouldn’t be posting right now if it weren’t for this awesome (drink!) post, by my fellow Wiffer, Pamela Cayne. It got me all tingly and inspired to blog again, because it […]

  7. kimberlyfoley said,

    Hmmm … not really sure how my post ended up in your comments. I’m sort of a WordPress moron. Did you set it to do that somehow when your blog is linked?

  8. Pamela Cayne said,

    Lainey–oh, smooches to you for being such an awesome cheerleader! Mwah! And I love that ‘swing wide’ advice–you can ask Montana how much I quote it! 😉

    Montana–I wouldn’t be here without you, so back ‘atcha, babe! ;-D

  9. Pamela Cayne said,

    Kim–I think I’ve got pingbacks or trackbacks enabled, so whenever somebody links to me, it shows up here. That or it’s magic elves. Either way, I’m glad I was able to help cheer you on. You’re right–we’re all in this together, and I know there’s been times I’ve leaned on you and other Wiffers for a little boost. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

  10. Robin said,

    *pom pom swish* Yay, Pam!! Terrific post and terrific new website! This is your year, pal!

  11. Marilyn Brant said,

    HOW WONDERFUL!!! I *love* your website’s new design–I checked out every single page (even the Twitter one, although I’m still in deep tweet avoidance 🙂 ). I was thinking of you during Q-Day yesterday and sending happy vibes–can’t wait to hear about all of the requests you get! And, on top of it all, you’ve gifted us with not only a positive attitude and a lightning flash of excitement here on your blog, but a soundtrack, too!!!! (And it includes Bon Jovi!) You’re my hero for the week, Pam. *mwah*

  12. Karen said,

    Whoo Hoo!

    Now, back to my own WIP before you turn the hairy eyeball on me again 🙂

  13. Pamela Cayne said,

    Robin–hooray! I live for a *pom pom swish* from you. Thanks for the cheering! 😀

    Marilyn–happy vibes and a thumbs up on my website? I am in *heaven*! And, just so you know, I’m doing a special Bon Jovi post to celebrate the release of your book, so another hooray! 😀

  14. Pamela Cayne said,

    Karen–a whoo hoo from you is like mentos mixed with Coke! And if it makes you feel any better, you have every right to hairy eyeball me for the next 5 months. 😉

  15. Katie Reus said,

    Very cool soundtrack! Good luck with your queries!! You’re going to find that perfect fit 🙂

  16. Sandra Ferguson said,

    I’m totally jazzed about the ‘sound track’ you’ve developed for your book. While certain songs speak to me, I’ve never considered different songs for different sections of the book. I don’t know why. They way you explained it makes perfect sense.

    Congrats on Query Day.

  17. L.A. Mitchell said,

    Oh, Pam, I’m so excited for you! I feel like we finished this together 😉

    I’ll be sending out all my good writing ju-ju vibes for wonderful things to happen!

  18. Pamela Cayne said,

    Katie-thanks! From your keyboard to an agent’s ears. 😀

    Sandra–this one just worked that way. Tres freaky, but I’ll take it! 🙂

    L.A.–thanks for the juju vibes. May they hit you, too! 🙂

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