Songs that feel like THE NIGHT WE SAID YES to me. Hope you enjoy!
1. “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” – Stars
The book starts with Ella seeing Matt for the first time in half a year. This song starts the same, a guy and a girl seeing one another for the first time after a while, and has the same feel. It’s questioning and longing and strong.
2. “The Night Starts Here” – Stars
I realize this is another Stars song, but I’m a fan so let’s work with it. If my book was made into a movie, I think this song would play when Matt & Ella decide to recreate the night.
3. “Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise” -Trembling Blue Stars
This is Ella feeling hurt and scarred and scared. This is her confessing what the past six months have been like for her.
4. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” – The Clash
This song is directly referenced in the text, but aside from that, if Meg and Jake were to have a song that represents their relationship, this would be it.
5. “We Are Young” – Fun. featuring. Janelle Monae
When people ask what song best represents my book, I think this one is pretty fitting for the Then section. Feeling young and light and alive.
6. “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
This is Matt in the Now, kind of broken and hopeful all in one.
7. “It’ll Get You There” – Rilo Kley
This is Meg’s song for Jake, over and over again. I love the part where the song finally says “I will.” That’s Meg explaining how everything can make Jake happy, but, she can, too, and he needs to see that. (This, incidentally, is also my favorite band.)
8. “I Wanna Get Better” – Bleachers
Jake. Just…perfectly Jake.
9. “21 Guns” – Green Day
This song is also referenced in the book, and I don’t want to give anything away because it’s an important scene, so…this song!
10. “Shake It Out” – Florence and the Machine
Ella, pain and simple.
11. “Tonight the Streets are Ours” -Richard Hawley
This is like my ending credits song. It’s quite lovely.
“Try to Remember” from the musical The Fantasticks is also mentioned, however, soundtrack wise, it doesn’t fit. So let’s make it a bonus track.
“Autoclave” – The Mountain Goats
This is the song for the companion e-novella, MATT’S STORY. This is Matt between the Then and the Now. It’s so Matt.
(If you’re of the older generation, it’s the song you’ll find about 10 minutes on the CD or cassette after the last song ends.)