ONCE is officially in stores! Thanks to all who've tweeted, emailed, or facebooked me to send their thoughts and love. It's been fun to hear all of the early reactions to ONCE, all the WHAT???s and WHY??? WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?????s. I'm sorry for any pain the sequel caused you. Stay tuned for RISE, coming April 2, 2013. I promise I'll make it up to you. In the meantime, here is the official ONCE playlist. There's some new songs and some old, but all of them remind me of Eve and this, the most romantic book of the series.
1.) Skinny Love (cover by Birdy)
This cover crushes me. It reminds me of the torturous place Eve's in at the beginning of the novel.
2.) Swan Dive by Ani DiFranco
I've been obsessed with this song since high school. There's a moment in the first part of the book when Eve sets out to find Caleb, and this song reminds me of that. It's about risking everything for the person you love.
3.) Crosses by Jose Gonzalez
The imagery in this song reminds me of the first night Eve goes to meet Caleb in the City, how the streets are dark, how there are shadows in the windows above. His is the reassuring voice that sees her through.
4.) So Alive by Ryan Adams
This song is all energy. I love the lines "Stand beside me, stand beside me." (Apologies in advance for all the intense Ryan Adams close ups)
5.) Sleepyhead by Passion pit (the acoustic version)
Sleepyhead was originally one of my favorite dance songs, but when I heard the acoustic version it nearly made me cry. Slowed down it’s so tender and intimate. The lyrics capture this simple, private moment between two people.
6.) The Trapeze Swinger by Iron & Wine
Eve makes a series of painful decisions over the course of the novel, and this reminds me of one of them. The line "Please, remember me" is repeated eight times.
7.) Breathe Me by Sia
This song is SAD. All caps, period at the end. There's a moment at the end of ONCE where Eve is in intense pain, and this song reminds me of that.
8.) Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine
No EVE playlist would be complete without a Florence and the Machine song. This one builds to a slow, simmering rage. It perfectly captures Eve's feelings in the last chapter of the book.
What do you think of this ONCE playlist? Are there any songs you'd add? Fire off in the comments!