It’s my distinct honor to present the inaugural Siren’s Song award to Lynetta Halat, on this, her book birthday. Her newest novel, Everything I’ve Never Had, is live today! So what exactly IS The Siren’s Song Award? Well, I’m so glad that you asked! The Siren’s Song Award is a totally prestigious and completely made-up award that celebrates epic music contained in and inspired by our favorite books.
Why a music award on a book blog? Again, I’m SO glad you asked! As you know, I’m a giant music nerd. Through many books that I love, I’ve been introduced to music that I otherwise wouldn’t have heard of, and for this, I am eternally grateful. I’ve been introduced to the likes of The Avett Brothers, Chevelle, The Civil Wars, and many others. I LOVE book playlists, and loop them endlessly while reading and writing reviews. I think that music adds another facet to the story, and makes the emotions within those pages all the more potent for me.
Why does Lynetta deserve this award? You have GOT to stop asking such insightful questions! I chose her for this first award due to the epic-ness (WHAT? It’s totally a word) of the Everything I’ve Never Had playlist! As you’ll learn when you buy Everything I’ve Never Had, Foo Fighters’ “Everlong” is kind of the book’s theme song. Which is genius in itself, but then she continues to one-up herself with amazing song after amazing song.
The melodious icing on the lyrical cake came late one night, when I was Facebooking (as I do…), and the discussion came to the song “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice. Lynetta commented that this song was on the playlist as well. I tell you, I nearly flew to whatever corner of the world Lynetta inhabits and forced her to marry me. THAT SONG! The only song that’s ever been able to reduce me to tears, for no other reason than it’s intense beauty.
I know, I know…you’re thinking to yourself, “Christ, woman! Would you shut UP! I just want to hear the damn playlist!” Your wish is my command:
Right?!?!?! RIGHT?!?!?! This playlist is nothing short of inspired. So congratulations, Lynetta, on this most honored award. Feel free to print it out, hang it above your mantle, or in the bathroom, whatever…you can leave your acceptance speech in the comments.