(Updated on 22/01/2017 to include the Ghost of the Navigator playlist as well)

I’ll give a hat tip to S.A Hunt for this one – he makes Spotify playlists for his books. I’m reading Malus Domestica at the moment, and I haven’t tried the playlist yet, but on the basis that I’ve been obsessed with music and writing ages, I had to do the same thing myself.

If you’re a Spotify subscriber, you can check out the playlist here . Alternatively, if you don’t subscribe yet or don’t want to, I’ve put the track list at the bottom of this post for you to check out on your retailer or subscription service of your choice.

The songs here are ‘companions’ of sorts. Some of them are songs I listened to when writing the book, some of them are songs Shadow would listen to, some are songs that remind me of him, or parts of the story, or other characters.

But just for fun, I’m offering a contest with a prize here…

Four of the tracks on this playlist are referenced in the book itself. Two of them are easy, as Shadow mentions them by title. The other two are referenced. I originally had lyrics in the manuscript, but removed them because of copyright. That didn’t stop me paraphrasing them though, and putting in a couple of descriptions of them. The first person to post in the comments here, or tweet me, naming all four of these tracks correctly, will get the entire series of books for free. Okay, so I haven’t written two of them yet, but give me time! Yes, you could get that anyway if you sign up to become an ARC reader, but not everyone’s into that…

Go for it…read the book if you haven’t already and hunt the big four!

Can’t resist it, I’ll eliminate one track for you as a teaser: ‘Sirius’ by Clannad is included in this list because it’s the song I had playing when I pressed ‘Submit’ and launched the book on Smashwords two years ago. I did also write some sections of the book to it. It’s been a favourite of mine since childhood. For a folk band, they do occasionally come up with a pretty awesome guitar solo.

A while ago I wrote this article about music I use for writing. The list is partly a hybrid of this. And yeah, smartarse, I do remember saying in that post that I don’t use Spotify. So times change.

Keep reading, -T.



Shadow’s Talent Track List

Rush – Kid Gloves

Shed Seven – Standby

The Smiths – Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before

Idlewild – Live in a Hiding Place

Wishbone Ash – Blowin’ Free

Joe Satriani – Starry Night

The Smashing Pumpkins – Muzzle

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘Jupiter’ – Part 4 of The Planets by Gustav Holst

Steve Vai – The Moon and I

Prefab Sprout – Life’s a Miracle

Prefab Sprout – Cornfield Ablaze

Metallica – Astronomy

Clannad – Sirius

Clannad – Second Nature

Joe Satriani – Motorcycle Driver

The Rolling Stones – Too Much Blood

Faith No More – Malpractice

Dream Theater – Goodnight Kiss

Dream Theater – Solitary Shell

Green Day – Loss of Control

Rush – Emotion Detector

Pink Floyd – The Final Cut

Joni Mitchell – A Case of You (Orchestral version)

Shed Seven – Ladyman

Ghost of the Navigator Track List

The Gin Blossoms – Lost Horizons

Guns n Roses – Mr Brownstone

Green Day – Lazy Bones

Garbage – Special

Pearl Jam – Sleeping by Myself

REO Speedwagon – Keep Pushin’

Coldplay – Life in Technicolour ii

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Eric Johnson – Elevator Sky Movie

Eric Johnson – Shape I’m In

Joe Satriani – If I could fly

Roxy Music – Oh Yeah

Hole – Pacific Coast Highway

The Smashing Pumpkins – With Every Light

Alice In Chains – The Rooster

Iron Maiden – At the Speed of Light

John Mayer – Whiskey Whiskey Whiskey

The Smashing Pumpkins – Wound

Alter Bridge – Rise Today

Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators – Shots Fired

Garbage – Drive you Home

Joe Bonamassa – Midnight Blues (Live – Beacon Theatre, New York version)

The Smashing Pumpkins – Soma

Megadeth – Captive Honour

Alter Bridge – Watch over you

The Gin Blossoms – Found out about you