Before He Was Gone (Starstruck #2) Playlist…

While I was writing Before He Was Gone (Starstruck #2) I spent most of the time imagining I was on that island, but obviously certain songs would pop into my head during different scenes and I’d add them to Spotify. There are more to go with the book on my Spotify playlist, but here are a few of my faves on YouTube, and some little notes on why they go with my story! x

Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé – Beneath Your Beautiful

I’m a big fan of this song. It reminds me of how Joshua’s hiding… how he’s convinced being alone is best and how Alyssa is convinced otherwise. “You let all the girls go. 
Makes you feel good, don’t it?
 Behind your Broadway show, 
I heard a boy say ‘please, don’t hurt me’. You’ve carried on so long. 
You couldn’t stop if you tried it
. You’ve built your wall so high that no one could climb it. But I’m gonna try.”

Gabrielle Aplin – Salvation

Joshua’s convinced he’s made a mistake in making Alyssa his salvation. She’s done the same with him, without even realising it. “You are the avalanche. One world away. My make believing while I’m wide awake. Just a trick of light. To bring me back around again. Those wild eyes. A psychedelic silhouette. I never meant to fall for you but I was buried underneath. And all that I could see was white. My salvation.”

Christina Perri – Sea of Lovers

There are moments when both Joshua and Alyssa are overwhelmed with the game they’re playing within a game. But both have come to trust the other. “In the sea of lovers without ships and lovers without signs. You’re the only way out of this sea of lovers losing time. And lovers losing hope. Will you let me follow you wherever you go. Bring me home.”

James Morrison – I Won’t Let You Go

I love how this song reminds me of the way Alyssa fights for Joshua, even when he tries to push her away. She knows he’s scared and she follows her heart till he lets her in. “And if you feel the fading of the light. And you’re too weak to carry on the fight. And all your friends that you count on have disappeared. I’ll be here, not gone, forever holding on. If there’s love just feel it. And if there’s life we’ll see it. This is no time to be alone, alone, yeah. I won’t let you go.”

Sam Tsui & Kina Grannis – Bring Me The Night

These two singers always make me feel happy! To me, this gorgeous song represents how Alyssa and Joshua wait for the nights, so they can be together where no one can see them. “Swear I don’t know if the days are as slow as they seem. Wondering when you’ll be with me again and this finally can be more than just a dream. But when I close my eyes I want only to stay, where the farthest you are is a heartbeat away. So bring me the night, send out the stars, ‘Cause when I’m dreaming we don’t seem so far. Darken the sky and light up the moon, so that somehow you’ll be here with me soon. Bring me the night. Bring me the night, that brings me to you.”

Sam Smith – Stay With Me

I kept playing this song while I was writing about Joshua’s struggle. He wants to tell Alyssa what’s wrong, but he feels like he can’t. He just wants to hold her anyway. “Why am I so emotional? No, it’s not a good look, gain some self-control. And deep down I know this never works. But you can lay with me so it doesn’t hurt. Oh, won’t you stay with me? ‘Cause you’re all I need. This ain’t love, it’s clear to see. But darling, stay with me.”

Sarah Bareilles – Brave

This one is Alyssa’s song. She’s a fighter, playing a game, and she needs to toughen up! “Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do, when they settle ‘neath your skin. Kept on the inside and no sunlight. Sometimes a shadow wins. But I wonder what would happen if you say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.”

Ron Pope – A Drop in the Ocean

Love this guy’s voice. There’s something about this song that just gets to me! It represents the way Alyssa is becoming a necessity for Joshua on the island. “It’s just a drop in the ocean, a change in the weather. I was praying that you and me might end up together. It’s like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert, but I’m holding you closer than most ’cause you are my heaven. Heaven doesn’t seem far away anymore. No, no. Heaven doesn’t seem far away.”

The Killers – Be Still

A beautiful song by one of my favourite bands! This one is for both our leads, both of them fighting to stay strong, to keep pushing through on the island, and with each other. “Be still. Wild and young. Long may your innocence reign. Like shells on the shore. And may your limits be unknown. And may your efforts be your own. If you ever feel you can’t take it anymore. Don’t break character. You’ve got a lot of heart. Is this real or just a dream? Rise up like the sun. Labor till the work is done.”

Kris Allen – The Truth

Again, Joshua’s silent struggle with his secret… “Trying to be perfect. Trying not to let you down. Honesty is honestly the hardest thing for me right now. While the floors underneath our feet are crumbling, the walls we built together tumbling, I still stand here holding up the roof. Cause it’s easier than telling the truth”

Imagine Dragons – Demons

Oh yes… Joshua has demons, baby… “When you feel my heat. Look into my eyes. It’s where my demons hide. It’s where my demons hide. Don’t get too close. It’s dark inside. It’s where my demons hide. It’s where my demons hide.”

Lucie Silvas – Trying Not To Lose

This one’s for Alyssa, wondering what the hell she’s doing on the island when she first arrives, but realizing that actually, there’s nowhere else she’d rather be. “One day I’ll catch this big wave. And take it on, not be swept away. Sometimes my arms get so tired that when my turn comes it’s gone again. If I could only wake up not feeling so confused about what I got and what I’m trying not to lose. This love is like a changing wind. That passes by me, blows me away. And the only thing that’s certain is I’m here today. And I don’t think I could handle any other way.”

The Vamps – Somebody To You

Joshua’s a changed man, thanks to Alyssa and his time on the island. He didn’t want to be a part of anything. But that’s not exactly true anymore… “I used to ride around. I didn’t wanna settle down. But now I wake each day. Looking for a way that I can see your face (Yeah you!) I’ve got your photograph. But baby I need more than that. I need to know your lips. Nothing ever mattered to me more than this (Yeah you!). Look at me now, I’m falling. I can’t even talk, still stuttering. This ground of mine keeps shaking. All I wanna be, yeah all I ever wanna be, yeah, yeah… Is somebody to you.”

The Script – Six Degrees of Separation

This band always breaks my heart! I love this one, for when our leads spend time apart, both wondering about the other. “First, you think the worst is a broken heart. What’s gonna kill you is the second part. And the third is when your world splits down the middle. And fourth, you’re gonna think that you fixed yourself. Fifth, you see them out with someone else. And the sixth, is when you admit you may have fucked up a little.”

Katy Perry – Not Like The Movies

Oh, the Perry! This one is for Alyssa, realising that her old life wasn’t as wonderful as she tried to make herself think it was. “If stars don’t align. If it doesn’t stop time. If you can’t see the sign, wait for it. One hundred percent, worth every penny spent. He’ll be the one that finishes your sentences. If it’s not like the movies, that’s how it should be, yeah. When he’s the one, he’ll come undone, and my world will stop spinning, And that’s just the beginning, oh, yeah.”

Ingrid Michaelson – The Chain

I love the soaring, lyrical sweetness of this and to me it captures how Alyssa might feel when she finally leaves the island. “The sky looks pissed. The wind talks back. My bones are shifting in my skin. And you my love are gone.”

If you have an ARC right now, I hope you enjoy these too. Before He Was Gone will be out for everyone on August 25, 2014.

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