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Song List
(Guest Post by Andrea Buginsky)

When I read posts by authors, I see a lot of them adding those playlists: a list of songs they listened to while writing their books. I always thought this was a neat idea, and have wanted to do it myself. There’s only one problem: I don’t listen to any particular playlist while I’m writing. I listen to Pandora. Most of the time, I listen to Soft Rock Radio, but lately, I’ve also enjoyed Summer Hits of the ‘80s. And during the holidays I love Christmas Radio.

But there are some songs that I absolutely love more than others. A lot of times, when these songs come on, I have to go over to YouTube to listen to them over and over. So, although I don’t have a “playlist” I can share with you, I do have a “favorites” list.

A Thousand Years by Christina Perry

This is one of my favorite songs. Ever since I saw Breaking Dawn, Part 2. There’s something about the words and the music that just makes my heart soar. I think what really hooked me on it was where it was played in the movie: the end credits. Most people ignore them, but I couldn’t; at least, not the beginning of the credits. I am mesmerized every time I watch them and see the actual pages of the wonderful books the saga is based on, along with the entire cast from all four movies. I get goose bumps!

Ever, Ever After by Carrie Underwood

Another movie I love! Enchanted shows what would happen if the princes and princesses from Disney fairytales came to our world. Only, it not only portrays how strangely they’re looked at, but how strange we are to them. We could certainly learn a lot from them. Ever, Ever After tells us everything we need to know from fairytales: to live our lives chasing our dreams and making them come true. It totally fits my own motto! Reach for the stars, and make your dreams come true.

Yentl Medley by Barbara Streisand

When I first saw this performance, I broke out in goose bumps and tears; and I still do every time I hear it. Barbara Streisand is a beautiful singer, and Yentl is a movie I have loved since I was a kid. The songs tell a wonderful story all on their own. Blending them into one medley allows me to listen to a few of my favorites. But then there’s the icing on the cake: while Streisand sings the song, the movie is playing in the background, with the soundtrack on. You might think that’s strange: why would Streisand sing with herself? Because of how she sings with herself. She harmonizes. Anyone who knows music will understand what I’m saying. If you don’t, listen and you’ll see what I mean. What an incredible performance!

Your Wildest Dreams by the Moody Blues

I’m not sure how to explain this song: I don’t have an old boyfriend I’m pining over, I really don’t. I married my first love 🙂 But growing up, I daydreamed a lot, and created characters via imaginary friends. So, I guess this song brings me back to my imaginary boyfriend *blushes*. Anyone who has a first love to look back on will understand the meaning behind this song. You love the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with more than anything, and wouldn’t trade him or her for the world. But first love; nothing will ever replace that piece of your heart.

So, that’s my song list. I have other favorites I could listen to over and over. I’m sure some of my readers are shocked that (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life is not on the list. That song is in a category all its own 🙂 Now, if you’ll pardon me, I must go back and listen to the songs again (and again, and again…).


Fate by Andrea BuginskyElena Baxter’s second year at New Avalon may be more challenging than her first. The demons she was warned about show up, a visitor who greatly affects her arrives, and her best friend, Izzy, has to deal with her painful past. Can Elena survive everything that’s coming at her at once? Or will the future Lady of the Lake take on more than she can possibly handle?

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Andrea BuginskyAndrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write children’s fantasy books. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.
Andrea has written four more books since:

  • My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease.
  • Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2
  • Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy
  • Fate: New Avalon, book 2, a YA fantasy

She is currently editing the third book of The Chosen series, and writing the fourth.

Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.

Find more about her at the following places: Official website/blog | Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

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Comments 3

  1. Lalo

    I enjoy the playlists too. I listen to 1 and 2 hour epic music when I write. Mostly by 2 Steps from Hell. It gets me in the mood to write about conflict and warlords and their ladies.

    Sometimes I listen to Celtic and/or Viking music. And sometimes, I listen to my itunes which includes Bloodlust album and tunes I’ve just picked out here and there.

    Mood is important to me when I write and music sets mood for me. I enjoy knowing what other authors are listening to when they write. Nice post. 😀

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