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Reesa Radio – The Unofficial Slipstream Con Soundtrack

Painted By Numbers – The Sounds
We’ll be the same tomorrow
‘Cause we all been painted by numbers
We’re dancin’ as we borrow
You said it was love
I got what I need to get by


I identify this song with Tal, Vanya, and Kellen, but also with Kellen and his ex, Cassie.  The lyrics talk about pretending to be someone you’re not, fitting yourself into the designs of others, but also of taking what you can get and stealing what you can’t.  Kellen’s a painter, and he’s a lot more honest in his art than he is otherwise.

“From Now On We Are Enemies” – Fall out Boy
I only want what I can’t have

The thing about Kellen Frey is, most times, he can get what he wants.  Like a lot of people, the few things he can’t have are the most intriguing to him.  The pair of bounty hunters on his tail top that list.

A composer but never composed

And this line informed one of Kellen Frey’s Rules of the Con.


Do U Damage – The Specimen
I wanna, I wanna get close to you

This is a silly, pop-y dance track, with a “do your worst, I’ll do my best” theme that underlies the lyrics.  The “do your worst” definitely pits Kellen against the world, while the “I’ll do my best” reminds me of his need to prove himself to Tal and Vanya throughout the story.

Nocturnals – Peter Gabriel (YouTube Link, because it’s not available on Grooveshark)
i dream of birds, birds without wings
children who grow up to be dangerous things

This is my Vanya song.  It’s creepy and violent and sexy, in a very understated way.  You would not want to mess with this song in a dark alley.  Likewise, Vanya wouldn’t be my choice of people to cross.  She’s got a habit of making things happen, and she doesn’t particularly care if other people like that or not.

Pain Killer (Summer Rain) – Turin Brakes
Batten up the hatches, here comes the cold
I can feel it creeping, and it’s making me old
You give me so much love that it blows my brains out

Sometimes, loving someone just wears you out.  I think Tal feels that way a lot.

The Con – Tegan and Sara
Calm down, I’m calling you to say
I’m capsized, staring on the edge of safe

I think if there was a Kellen’n’Cassie song in this mix, it would have to be this one.  Love is a game, and at least one of them forgets that to some people, the point of a game is to win.

Out the Airlock – Paul Dempsey

Okay, so maybe there are two Kellen’n’Cassie songs on here.  Or maybe this one is all about a man who thought he knew what he was doing.  Or maybe I’m cheating, and I just liked the song.  We may never know…

Backfire – Mutemath

Isn’t having something to watch when it all blows up in your face the whole point of having a plan? Nobody in The Slipstream Con is getting what they expect, but some of them are getting what they want anyway.

Perfect Weapon – Communique

Tal and Vanya have a very physical element to their relationship that I love writing.  They communicate with body language and touch, and Kellen picks up on that pretty quick. 

Tell Me ‘Bout It – Joss Stone

Oh, repressed lust, you look so pretty under the stars…  Even though the story didn’t allow for a lot of on-screen sex, there’s a current of tension that starts almost on the first page, before you even meet Kellen in person, and carries through the whole book. 

27 – Fall Out Boy

My mind is a safe, and if I keep it in, we all get rich

Kellen’s warring desires to help Cassie and keep Vanya and Tal out of his mess collide with his own fervent wish not to spend time behind bars.  It’s a lot to keep track of, a lot to control, and I like this song because it made me imagine Kellen as the man pulling the strings, who doesn’t realize they’re all about to be cut.

Let’s Pretend – No-Fi Soul Rebellion

Oh, let’s.  I love the backwards/forwards/sideways/upside-down vibe to this song.  It takes a strong personality to live under all those lies.

Fair – Remy Zero

What if you catch me, where would we land?

So, say you were a law-abiding, licensed Good Guy.  Say you had the worst habit of falling for people who lived on the other side of that line.  Where would you meet- in the middle, or would you just keep running?

Armistice – Mutemath

I’ve mentioned a couple times, I wrote the entire last scene of the book with this song on loop.  And not-so-subtly paid homage to it, as well.  Back and forth, give and take- those things can get lost, when you’re not sure if you’re even fighting for the same things.

A Good Idea At the Time – OK Go

Well, it did!  I can actually hear any of the three of them saying this, at any given moment.

 

I hope you enjoyed the drive-by commentary, and the mix itself.  Remember, just leave a comment on any entry from this week and be entered to win a signed paperback copy of The Slipstream Con.  (Soundtrack not officially licensed or included. ;)

 

 

 


Random Interview – Tal Serafine-Reyes

(Note: Due to technical difficulties, yesterday’s entertainment is being shared today.)

Tal Serafine-Reyes, Imperial Forces (retired), has agreed to play victim to the Random Interview generator, and the questions of a few of his fans.

 

Q: If you could steal one thing in the entire world without consequence, what would you steal?

Tal Serafine-Reyes:  I’d have to defer that question to Kellen, as that’s more his area of expertise.  Allegedly.

 

Q: What misconception of adulthood did you have as a kid that you secretly wish had been true?

TS-R: That everything would be right and fair, as soon as I was old enough to understand the secret rules adults didn’t tell me about.  There are a lot of things about life that are neither right, nor fair, and it startles me on a daily basis how much I enjoy most of them.

Q: What would you tell yourself ten years in the FUTURE?

TS-R:  The same thing I tell myself today.  Don’t wake Vanya when she’s sleeping and search Kellen’s pockets before you let him leave someplace interesting.  Honestly, I can’t see either one of those changing.  Oh, and I’d tell myself to remember that what I found is better than what I expected to find.  Just in case I’ve forgotten by then.

Q: What’s your favorite position for Kellen? (Submitted by Patrick.)

TS-R: Anywhere I can watch him is good.

Q:  When you walk into a room, what do you notice first?  What do you expect people to notice about you?

TS-R:   Exits, and the two gorgeous people accompanying me.

You can find out more about Tal, Vanya, and Kellen in The Slipstream Con.


Don’t forget, you can win a FREE signed paperback copy, just by leaving a comment.  (Full rules here.)


Release Week Madness!

As we may have mentioned once or twice, the paperback release of The Slipstream Con is next Tuesday, March 6.  To celebrate, we’re going to have a week-long party here on the blog, with something new and fun every day.

Monday- Michelle-a-palooza! (In other words, I have no idea what Michelle is going to post, but it’ll be awesome.)

Tuesday – Release day!  We’ll post a bit about where you can find the book, and perhaps an excerpt or two.

Wednesday – Wednesday is Random Interview day ’round these parts, and we’ll be torturing talking to Tal Serafine-Reyes, voted 2012’s Most Beleaguered Bounty Hunter by Ylendrian Bounty Hunter Magazine.

Thursday – What?  Did you hear a rumour about a bit of flash fiction featuring Kellen Frey?  (He probably started the rumour himself, just to distract people while he stole their valuables.)

Friday – If it’s Friday, it’s time for Reesa Radio, where I’ll be posting the (semi) official Slipstream playlist, and doing drive-by DVD commentary on the songs.

Be sure to stop by every day.  We’ll be holding a contest and nobody wants to miss the chance to win Amazing Free Things, do they?

Of course, if you do, we know a guy who can probably acquire them for you anyway, as long as you don’t mind a five-finger discount.