If youâ€™ve been around since Peace Fire, you know one of the things I like making is playlists. You might even have heard me mention that, on my computer, Iâ€™ve got hundreds of them. Which means that you are surely shockedâ€”SHOCKED!â€”to hear that Iâ€™ve created a playlist to go with Peace Maker and have some character-specific ones in the works.
Technically, the playlist I made for Peace Fire wasnâ€™t just a general playlist that embodied the book but was a playlist I thought Gran would have made in the 2010s if she knew her grandkid would be a hacker. So, instead of a straight-up Peace Maker playlist, Iâ€™ve gone another way.
Please enjoy the late-night placeholder image I created to go with the playlist until I make a moodboard for the book. Pure class, non?
Introducing Meat Space Is the Place, a playlist of songs inspired by physical places Katja actually gets to go in Peace Maker. Because she probably needs to be reminded that she does go places…And, recalling my frustrations when almost every playlist I made for Peace Fire or one of its characters was missing songs when I put them on Spotify, I carefully made this one with songs that Spotify actually has. Oppressive, but it means youâ€™re getting the full playlist and not some partial, sad thing.
Note for my Radio Edit readers: Some of these songs have Language and/or Themes you might not love.
Now, play the list! And then, play my game! (Explanation after the embedded playlist here.)
Okay, so. Some of you HAVE read Peace Fire but you have NOT yet read Peace Maker. If thatâ€™s you (though I reckon you could have a go if you havenâ€™t read either book), I would love you to drop me a comment with your guesses about what place (or type of place, since, aside from the super obvious one, Iâ€™m not expecting you to name a specific location) each song in the playlist might be about. I wonâ€™t approve your comment until November when Iâ€™m done taking guesses. That way, nobody can steal your brilliance. Please, feel free to be as serious or silly as the list inspires you to be. And, yes, you can skip songs, but maybe the skipped songs are opportunities for non-serious guesses.
(Want to feel extra free to share your silly ideas? The last song in this playlist was almost a Sir Mix-A-Lot song just to emphasise the place from the first song…)
Though what Iâ€™d really love is if you were willing to make a video of you saying, or holding up signs with, your guesses that I can use when I make the video Iâ€™m planning to make. Please make sure you clearly state that youâ€™re okay with me using footage from your video. If youâ€™re going the sign route, you could also share pictures of you and the sign.
I’ll be sharing (and not unkindly! my intent isnâ€™t to mock you at all) guesses when I write a blog (and include my companion video) about where the songs are actually about. Because, as I made the playlist, I was kind of delighted to think of where people might guess each song was about.
Deadline: Please post all guesses by November 7.
I’m planning the blog to post in January (with a spoiler warning so folks can choose to come back later, but having given eager early readers a solid chance to read) with the companion video (posted to my YouTube channel) of me sharing guesses and then telling people what’s real. This deadline will give me time, taking into account holidays and other things on my plate, to have something by then.
Thanks in advance for playing along!