Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DJ Duel & Dance Party: Blood Red Road

Here's how our DJ Duel and Dance Party works:  We each choose a song to represent our book of the week.  Our song choices can be based on the lyrics, the style, a nod to a certain scene or an overall feeling associated with the book.  We'll post the songs here and let our readers vote for their favorite along with suggesting songs of their own.  After voting is complete a week later, we'll have a kickass playlist to put on our Spotify!

This week our book is Blood Red Road by Moira Young.  Here is the Goodreads summary and Noelle's review if you want to refresh your memory.  Okay let's do this!

DJ Maggie: I knew I wanted something upbeat but with a twangy, country feel, and since my knowledge of country music is limited to The Dixie Chicks, I went with Goodbye Earl.
Why? The sisterhood of the traveling kickass female cage fighters takes care of its own. They're fiercely loyal to one another. A threat to one is a threat to all. And the Tonton? HAVE TO DIE! Na nana na naaaaaa!

Lyrics like whoa: Right away Mary Anne flew in from Atlanta / On a red eye midnight flight / She held Wanda's hand as they worked out a plan / And it didn't take long to decide / That Earl had to die / Goodbye Earl  

DJ Noelle:  I was all over the place (Soundgarden, The Toadies) in my runners up but in the end I picked The Story by Brandi Carlile.
Why?  I'm choosing to interpret the lyrics as being about Saba's relationship with her siblings, not between her and the romantic lead.  Saba goes through so much to save her brother and learns to value her relationship with her sister along the way.  Plus the entire novel is one huge journey, in distance and maturity.  And I just love when that second verse hits, I can't lie.

Lyrics like whoa: All of these lines across my face / Tell you the story of who I am / So many stories of where I've been / And how I got to where I am [...] I climbed across the mountain tops / Swam all across the ocean blue / I crossed all the lines and I broke all the rules / But baby I broke them all for you [...] No, they don't know who I really am / And they don't know what I've been through like you do

It's time to vote!

Thanks for voting! Now it's time for your song requests.  What other songs do you think should be on our Blood Red Road playlist?

Have a theme song for the Free Hawks?  A perfect song for Saba and Jack? Do you know the perfect walk-on music for Saba's gladiator arena entrances?  Or an ode to Nero the crow?

Let us know! Leave your song suggestions in the comment section below.


  1. I haven't read this book but just from the cover and the reviews I've read I thought Maggie's choice might be too upbeat? But what do I know!?

    I love this feature!

    1. We love that you love this feature :D Thanks for always contributing!! --N

  2. I think I've just become a fan of Brandi Carlie. Thank you!

    1. Yay! (and no worries, I must have spelled her name 5 different ways when I was writing the post too haha!)


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