Most of Osa Bella was written in my head, not at a computer, while on long commutes or while walking the dog, listening to these songs over and over and over. You can preview them here, but if you enjoy them, please spend the buck and buy the mp3.
Chapter 1: The Wrong Foot
This is what Bella listens to in the car on the way to school right as the book opens:
There’s love in ya future, there’s love in ya psycho future… There’s kick in ya future, there’s kick in ya psycho future…
Girls Against Boys (GVSB) is one of my favorite bands. Ever. They were a large indie rock band back in the nineties and I miss them terribly. This song is from their first major label release.
And, when the Cullen girls come tumbling across the soccer field, this is the song that should be playing.
Chapter 3: Hurricane Ridge
When Bella spots the Kermode bear, here’s what it sounds like in her head. I also imagine this track captures the spacey, far out feeling Bella gets when Edward looks at her, especially in these early chapters.
Chapter 5: Reckoner
And this is what I imagine Mercy Brown should sound like. Mercy Brown, by the way, is not a real artist. Though I now have the fantasy that I will start a side project and call myself Mercy Brown. With all my spare time.
I actually did find this track on Stereogum in January and have been listening obsessively to it. This is not normally the kind of thing that I obsess over. I’m a heavy guitar rock kinda gal, but I really love this song. I hardcore love it. In terms of this story, some songs are more important than others. This song is really important. It captures a mood between these characters really, really well. I wrote most of the scenes from the Seattle weekend listening to this.
Much of Osa Bella was written listening to Family Band’s new album, and I’ll feature more of their tracks here. Fantasy is off an album they released last month, so if you like it please go buy their music. They are independent and deserve our support. /sermon
Chapter 6: Hunter
Hunter, by Portishead from their album third, captures what it’s like in Bella’s head best. That link goes to blip.fm, because my file of the track is protected and I can’t stream it from here.
Chapter 7: Masquerade
The Chromeo remix of Vampire Weekend’s The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance is the song I listened to a lot while thinking about the lightheartedness of the Winter Ball. It embodies every sound I loved about the that fun part of the 80s music scene–not a part of that scene I spent much time in, but when I think of high school dance, this sound captures it for me.
Another Family Band track from their new album Miller Path makes the cut here. The song is Diamonds.Family Band - Diamonds -
And you could encircle me, your own little island, and you are there archer there, and there are trees, all those trees.
Please, please buy this album if you like this track. It’s only $9 if you buy direct from the band, which you can do here.
*If any representative of any band I feature here has an issue with me streaming music, please email me immediately and I’ll take the tracks down. Just trying to point folks in the direction of music I love.
Chapter 12: Don’ts
Playlist pick for chapter 12 is Reckoner by Radiohead. And you MUST listen to this song, preferably on repeat.
Because we separate like ripples on a blank shore
I can’t even tell you how many words of Osa Bella were conceived while listening to this track, but most notably Reckoner, Edward’s boat, was born from me listening to this song over and over. The percussion at the beginning reminds me of the sound of rigging on a sailboat clanging against the mast. And when I listen to this song now, I can see Bella at the helm of Reckoner, and Edward raising the mainsail and the wind coming up just right and filling the sail. And it makes my heart sing.
Chapter 14: Flightless Bird
It’s prom, so you know I’ve got to include the Iron and Wine song from the original Twilight soundtrack. But before we get there, I have to have you listen to more Radiohead, specifically the old classic Creep. Because it’s just oh, so perfect for Edward and Bella in this situation. In fact, if I am the DJ at prom, I am totally going to spin this track and dedicate it to them. And it can go either way, from Bella to Edward or from Edward to Bella. Just look:
When you were here before – Couldn’t look you in the eye – You’re just like an angel – Your skin makes me cry
You float like a feather In a beautiful world – I wish I was special -You’re so fuckin’ special
But I’m a creep -I’m a weirdo – What the hell am I doin’ here? – I don’t belong here
I don’t care if it hurts, I wanna have control – I want a perfect body – I want a perfect soul
I want you to notice when I’m not around – You’re so fuckin’ special – I wish I was special
But I’m a creep - I’m a weirdo – What the hell am I doin’ here? – I don’t belong here
She’s running out again - She’s running out – She run run run run…
Whatever makes you happy - Whatever you want – You’re so fuckin’ special – I wish I was special
But I’m a creep – I’m a weirdo – What the hell am I doin’ here?
I don’t belong here
But of course, you can’t have any Twilight related prom without including Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron and Wine. Thank you, Kristen Stewart for picking out that song for the Twilight soundtrack. I can’t imagine a prom without it now.
Chapter 15: Lake Crescent
Lake Crescent is a camping trip, and this is the music I hear in Edward’s head for much of it. Because Edward has a dark sense of humor, and this song, the Zwan acoustic cover of Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden, is fucking genius. And if Edward had brought his guitar on the trip (which he doesn’t because they’ve got a long hike) this is the song he’d be playing around the campfire, just to fuck with Derek. I really wanted that to happen, but it was a little too impractical. But still, this song makes the playlist because I imagine Edward singing it to himself on the long hike.Zwan - Number of the Beast
I’m sorry to tell you, I have no idea where you can purchase this mp3. But you can visit the band’s LastFM page here.
At Lake Crescent, Bella encounters Edward in the middle of the night in what she believes is a lucid dream. Of all the music I’ve listened to over the years, nothing captures that fuzzy, intense fucked up dream feeling like My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, and my favorite song off that album is Sometimes, so that’s our pick for the dream sequence.
Close my eyes – Feel me now – I don’t know maybe you could not love me now
You will know, with her feet down to the ground -Over there, and I want true love to grow
You can’t hide, oh no, from the way I feel
Turn my head – Into sound – I don’t know when I lay down on the ground
You will find the (way it) hurts to love – Never cared, and the world turned hearts to love
We will see, oh now, in a day or two – You will wait – See me go
I don’t care, where your head turned (I don’t know) – You will wait, when I turn my eyes around
Overhead when I hold you next to me – Overhead, to know the way I see
Close my eyes - Feel me now – I don’t know, maybe you could not hurt me now
Here alone, when I feel down too – Over there, when I await true love for you
You can hide, oh now, the way I do – You can see, oh now, oh the way I do