Y’all, I’d love to welcome Claire Legrand, author of The Cavendish Home For Boys And Girls to Good Books And Good Wine today! Today she is talking music, so I hope you have your spotify queued up to listen to these songs.
The Music of CAVENDISH, Part 2
Music is a huge part of my writing process. Not only do I use it as inspiration in the planning stages, I also use it as I draft, looping tracks as I write certain scenes or even chapters. Since I have such a personal history with music (I’ve played the piano for years and studied music in college), using music in this way helps me get my brain in the right place to create the write mood for every scene.
On this blog tour, I’m highlighting a lot of the music from my CAVENDISH playlist, in three different posts. Since my playlist is extensive, with a track for pretty much every scene, I’m only highlighting my favorites. Most of the music is from film scores, as that is my primary writing music, especially for something as fairy tale-esque as CAVENDISH. Also, before each clip, I’ll talk a bit about the accompanying scene (spoiler-free!).
This first track is “Shrewd Thespians” from Dario Marianelli’s The Brothers Grimm score. If you read the first “Music of CAVENDISH” post at The Book Cellar, you’ll notice how there are multiple tracks from The Brothers Grimm on my CAVENDISH playlist. It’s just such fun, creepy, adventurous music! Perfect for CAVENDISH. This particular track accompanies a scene in which Victoria goes door-to-door on her street, pestering her neighbors with questions about the whereabouts of her missing best friend, Lawrence. Her neighbors are a little quirky and a LOT secretive.
A super creepy track, this one. “Little Anna”, from Javier Navarrete’s Mirrors score, has an eerie, something’s-definitely-not-
This track, “Anita’s Theme” from Danny Elfman’s Milk score, has a cheery, tongue-in-cheek tone that perfectly encapsulates a scene in Belleville’s Town Square. The hustle and bustle, gossip and shopping, all reassure Victoria, who’s had a couple of nasty scares already. Unfortunately for her, the scares are only going to get worse.
You know the scene in Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes when Mr. Dark chases Will and Jim through the darkened library? When I read that book in 10th grade, that scene scared the batootie out of me. I resolved then and there to someday write a “scare-the-batootie-out-of-
I will simply say that this track, “Théâtre des Vampires” from Eliot Goldenthal’s Interview With the Vampire score, marks Victoria finally seeing The Cavendish Home for what it really is. It’s beyond anything she could have imagined . . . and not in a good way. At all.
About Claire Legrand:
Claire Legrand is a Texan living in New York City. She used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now a full-time writer, Claire can often be found typing with purpose on her keyboard or spontaneously embarking upon adventures to lands unknown. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is her first novel, due out August 28 from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. Her second novel, The Year of Shadows, a ghost story for middle grade readers, comes out August 2013. Her third novel, Winterspell, a young adult re-telling of The Nutcracker, comes out Fall 2014.
About The Cavendish Home For Boys And Girls:
At the Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, you will definitely learn your lesson. A dark, timeless, and heartfelt novel for fans of Coraline and The Mysterious Benedict Society.Victoria hates nonsense. There is no need for it when your life is perfect. The only smudge on her pristine life is her best friend Lawrence. He is a disaster—lazy and dreamy, shirt always untucked, obsessed with his silly piano. Victoria often wonders why she ever bothered being his friend. (Lawrence does too.)But then Lawrence goes missing. And he’s not the only one. Victoria soon discovers that The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is not what it appears to be. Kids go in but come out…different. Or they don’t’ come out at all.
If anyone can sort this out, it’s Victoria—even if it means getting a little messy
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