Thanks for having me, Skylar! This blog post, I’m going to talk about music.
Music is and always has been very important to me, one of my planned tattoos will actually be the phrase ‘Music is life’ in Mandarin Chinese. As a child, I played piano, and as a teen, I discovered rock ‘n’ roll—punk rock, to be precise, and nothing was the same again! I’m sure my family despaired at my musical tastes, listening to bands with ever-more outlandish names (seeing the look on my father’s face when I, at age 14, brightly told him that the “zombie music,” as he called it, was being played by a band called Scraping Fetus Off The Wheel… well, it was a priceless, Kodak moment!). I wore more black and dyed my hair various bright colours, from a purple mohawk to having hot pink hair, then later, a green fringe, later again, bright blue streaks in black hair, and finally settling on the traffic light red that I’ve kept my hair colour for decades. My father wrinkled his nose when I got my eyebrow pierced, then sighed; my mother let out the most epic of “Only my daughter” sighs when I got my first tattoo. They knew that really, punk was going to be a major part of my life from the day I bought home “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols” on cassette.
And they were right, really, because even though I continued to play the piano, and played classical composers such as Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Bach and Schubert, I would listen to my loud, screechy, “zombie music,” and be utterly content. In my thirties, a colleague asked me what the hell I saw—or heard—in such a “cacophony,” and I told him what I have always believed and stood by. There is beauty in the chaos and incredible intricacies in phrasing and music composition. That what sounds like a wall of noise to him, to me, is aural art.
Subsequently, whenever I write, I have music. Sometimes, I put playlists together, on the great little site, 8tracks.com, which I found via friend/colleague/fellow author Andrea Speed. Her tastes and mine are very similar! Likewise, my old friend, Meredith Shayne and I have discussed our various playlists, recommended bands to each other and laughed like hyenas as we reminisced about venues in Sydney we both went to in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I had wonderful conversations with both Skylar here and Cate Ashwood about punk rock as they were working on, “Five Ways a Boy Can Break Your Heart.”
So, with all this lead-up, you know where I’m going, right? The playlist for “The Bone Cup,” the latest release and last (for now!) book in The Archangel Chronicles, has been crafted and I’ll probably put it together on 8tracks.com at some point… when I’m not battling the flu. (It’s an epic battle, my arsenal of weapons includes copious amounts of vitamin C.) However, as that will be in a while, I wanted to share it now. So here is the song list and YouTube links for music that fits the mood, tone and narrative of “The Bone Cup,” and the second trilogy in The Archangel Chronicles. I hope you all enjoy listening to this collection, and maybe find some new bands!
Summer Rain – Alphaville https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t0qbpc73Ec
Barkhammer – The Mark of Cain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQGvt0-KiHE
Follow Me – Muse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kH0OEJxUlE
One Diamond, One heart – Smashing Pumpkins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciXDBlIQqwo
Call Me – Shinedown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zudYsJQAXjM
Heartlines – Florence and the Machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waiB8mWOJOA
Symphony for the Quiet – Serenity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlHOHp1vlZM
Ai Si Ni – Karen Mok https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugVM15c_DLc
Slav’sia Rus – Arkona https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaP1wDvkA6E
Conquistador – 30 Seconds to Mars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNJdm4mG8AU
End of the World – Matt Abler http://youtu.be/bTvJdpkdLiw
Throw Your Arms Around Me – DAAS (Doug Anthony All Stars) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j0g2oG_w2g
Crossfire – Brandon Flowers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AhU12zC8fc
Vision – Yoo Seung Jun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNgcyZYHWSE
Atmosphere – Joy Division https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EdUjlawLJM
THE BONE CUP
Sequel to The Crystal Lake
Archangel Chronicles: Book Six
Gabriel and Michael, hand in hand and leading the Brotherhood of Archangels, the Venatores, and the Archdemon Guild of Glass Knives, march into the mouth of madness to retrieve the Holy Grail with the blessings of both God and Lucifer. They cross dimensions and battle for the future of all realities: Heaven, Hell, Earth and Purgatory.
In Purgatory they are reunited with Naamah and meet her children, who are terrified of her. One of her allies is an angel, but they can’t identify the traitor. Gabriel faces his worst fear when Michael is injured and he might lose the unwavering comfort Michael embodies. If Gabriel cannot save the Holy Grail, he risks losing more than his one true love—all of creation might be destroyed along with them.
L. J. LABARTHE BIO.
L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.
L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica. She has won a Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and another award for Best Historical Gay Novel.
L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.