Artemis has led a sheltered life, secluded from the world due to a health condition that a single mistake could prove fatal. A year ago, her mother died, leading her to spiral into a depression. Her music provided the hope she desperately needed. Inspired by the memory of her mom, she enters a contest to share her talents as a singer with the world to prove to herself that she has the courage to overcome her fears and to achieve her dreams.
Belinti appears to be a confident, powerful figure that exudes strength and self-confidence. However, looks can be deceiving, for beneath the surface is a shy, timid man from a small Irish village, drawn to London where he will reveal his skills as a dancer at a talent contest that will be aired across the globe. With the support of his eight older sisters and loving parents, he must overcome his anxiety of the fast-paced life of the city to achieve his dreams.
Music becomes the key to opening a gateway between parallel worlds as two souls are reunited once more.
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.
In Chapter nine, Belinti performs in front of the judges to this song while dressed like he’s from the early 1920s in America in a stylish suit. He mimics the dance styles of multiple famous male performers as a homage to all those who had inspired him. The audience would be challenged to figure out who all he was matching.
I wanted the song Artemis performs in Chapter 9 to be a representation of her strength, her ability to overcome obstacles. The lyrics of this song represents that. Also, the merging of two octave sung by the same woman set up for an interesting plot element. Lastly, Carole and Tuesday is about aspiring musicians.
The original score for Chrono Trigger was orchestral until someone added lyrics to the original soundtrack. To Far Away Times : On The Other Side/Epilogue became the perfect soulful melody for Artemis to express her feelings in Chapter 10 about her mother which was sung to her as a way to say goodbye.
Chapter 11 explores the idea of an empty room that is suddenly filled with individuals while two people are focused on one another. The flute sparked the idea that there was something bigger going on that is hinted at for the audience to discover. What triggers this magical moment is connected to music itself.
The idea of a big song and dance presentation sparked memories of this movie. Since Belinti had a large family, it was an ideal opportunity to have them make an appearance in chapter twelve felt perfect. In the book, each member of his family is given an opportunity to sing two lines as he dances.
The song inspired the scene, set the tone with the haunting melody. In chapter twelve, I quickly departed the original lyrics to create a new poem. The original song has two stanzas and repeats. I created four new sections to be sung. The concept of one, then two voices, leading up to a choir drew its inspiration for this.
The original song was an energetic version created by Avicii. Following his suicide, this dedication was made in his honor. These events are alluded to in the book as having occurred in the world Artemis belongs to in chapter thirteen. It represents her fears of fame taking its toll on her, potentially destroying her.
The four men and the woman singing are given a small cameo of sorts in chapter fourteen as they play this song with Tammy and Nashota. I wanted to use it for this book practically from the beginning but kept choosing other options throughout. I was happy to find a way to include it as inspiration for my book.
I knew from the beginning that the final song would be this one. Even in early drafts when the story was much different, this song was still on my mind as to concluding the story. The themes, the lyrics, everything fit as a perfect conclusion in chapter fifteen for Twin Flame. Both characters together on stage.