I wish there was an award for the best theme song for a book. Like an Oscar or a Grammy. A Bammy perhaps? Or a Boscar?
I suppose an award like that probably wouldn’t have many entries. Maybe that’s why there’s no such thing, but if there was, I’d want my friend Elaine Dark to win.
I figured the subject matter – two women musicians who fall in love – lent itself perfectly to having an actual song tailored for the novel. Naively, I thought I could throw something together. I’m a writer, after all. And an enthusiastic, albeit novice, guitar player. How hard could it be to write a song?
Well, damn hard, as it turns out. Writing a song is no easy task. Even for someone who writes for a living, loves listening to music, and tries (in a very pedestrian way) to play it. If I wanted a real song to go with my music-themed romance novel – and I did – I realized it was time to call in a professional.
I didn’t know Elaine well, but she and I had several friends in common, and I’d seen her perform and was impressed. In the small world it sometimes is, we were both working for the same company in our day jobs, albeit in different cities. I had no idea if she’d be interested in teaming up with me for this project, but I boldly reached out to her.
Luckily for me, she was game. Elaine’s passion is songwriting, but life had been throwing up obstacles and interfering with her desire to write more. As she freely admitted to me, my song proposal lit a fire under her ass. And that fire led to a wonderfully catchy, romantic tune called “The Song In My Heart.”
Neither of us has tried such a collaboration before. I can’t think of many books that have actual songs written for them, but my novel seemed like the perfect excuse to give it a try. The two characters, Erika and Dess, write a song together, and that’s the song Elaine has crafted. It’s kind of spooky in a way, art imitating real life or vice versa. But it’s very cool!
For both Elaine and I, linking the song and the book is a way for us to entertain a reading audience and a music loving audience alike. We hope you’ll enjoy the book and the song.
The song sheet will be downloadable on our websites later this spring and will also be included as an appendix in the book. A book trailer video also features the song, check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3eY2T-iUww.
We’re working on other ways to get the song to readers, so stay tuned for more details at my website (www.traceyrichardson.net) and Elaine’s (http://www.elainedark.com/). Elaine can also be found on Facebook at Elaine Dark Publishing.
For now, here’s a teaser of Elaine’s very clever lyrics (copyright Elaine Dark Publishing, 2014, used with permission):
Last night I had the sweetest dream
You were here just loving me
It must be written up there high
So high amongst the stars
You’re the muse when I need you
You are the song in my heart.
Send me your love
Keep me near when you are far
I know that you’ve been lonely
And you nearly fell apart
Now that I’m here
There’s no need for you to cry
We take this world together
All we have to do is try.
Tracey Richardson’s upcoming novel The Song In My Heart will be her eighth novel with Bella Books (www.bellabooks.com). She’s a two-time Lambda Literary finalist and long-time journalist. Twitter @trich7117.