In a Heartbeat
Curiosity has led Felicity down through the pages of antiquity to an obscure figure that she believes to be the inspiration behind many of the greatest turning points in human history. Her research has developed into obsession. Her thoughts are fixated on a man she believes to be the cornerstone of the utopia she now lives within.
To have the opportunity to meet him, she embarks on the next step in human exploration. However, her journey to discover the truth will lead to a startling revelation.
The future meets the past as two souls transcend time to find one another.
Music often inspires scenes, helps mold the tone of a narrative, and in some cases, defines a character.
What follows is a collection of songs that are the soundtrack to this novel.
The song, Think of Me, is sung by Artemis after she is encouraged by Tomasa in the first chapter. She thinks her connection to the Phantom of the Opera. She feels both a connection to the Phantom hiding away from the world as well as Christine who yearns for her voice to be heard. She even wears a similar white mask.
In the second chapter, Belinti is encouraged to dance by a female singer who is also there to perform. I drew a lot of inspiration concerning the character from Toni, the real life singer behind the music that he dances to. The song, Dance Monkey, is an upbeat, energetic tone that I felt was ideal for this scene.
In the third chapter, both Tammy and Tomasa play their version of the song from the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, The Inner Light. A story is told of an old Irish legend that is parallel to the events that take place in the television show. Tammy’s flute is a tin whistle, mimicking the one from the show.
At the end to the third chapter, Belinti dances to a song using a wide range of dance styles which reveals his skills as a performer. This song is ideal for that in that he is so vibrant, energetic, finding joy in everything around him. He tries to not let the troubles of the world to burden him or to weigh him down.
The song, Undercover, is the final melody of chapter three and is sung by Artemis. It is a representation of how she feels, hidden away from the world, masking herself from others. She often feels that people judge her based on the way she dresses. She yearns to break free from this life and reveal the truth of who she is.
During the interview in chapter four, Belinti tells the story of how his grandfather would get up out of bed each day with a dance, a traditional Irish jig. He approached his friend, Tammy, plays a tin whistle flute to help him demonstrate. Therefore, I went in search of a traditional Irish jig played by a similar instrument.
In chapter five, Artemis takes a moment to practice a song before the audition before the judges. The lyrics of this song is perfect for what she’s feeling and the hint of a connection to an unknown force is ideal for her. This version is passionate, energetic, and powerful. That is exactly how Artemis performs it
For his audition before the four judges in chapter six, Belinti dances to this song. He starts out with one more traditional style of dance then shifts to break dancing. This leads to another form of style before shifting once more to a faster footwork kind of dancing. All of it accumulates in an explosive conclusion.
In chapter six, before the four judges, Artemis sings this song. It reflects not the movie version, but the cover done by Pink with a single solo female artist singing. In an early draft idea for the story, it was meant to be a duet, but that’s represented by her sensing someone there and reacting to them on stage.
As much as I liked the original and the cover done by Johnny Cash, this version with a female singer creates this haunting echo in my mind that opens chapter seven for Artemis. This is what she is singing to herself, making references to the original affecting her as a teenager and later a cover by a “country music singer”.
In chapter eight, for the first time in the book, the same song plays in both the story of Artemis and that of Belinti. Each are invited to a party by someone they meet. A man for her, a woman for him, with whom they eventually dance to this melody. They also experience a shocking moment as the music come to an end.