Put on your headphones and crank up the volume because Kevin Emerson is about to serenade your soul. Kevin has a new book publishing this month and in addition to being a writer, he’s also a musician and wrote songs that are featured in his upcoming book, EXILE. Listen to the songs below and learn all about Kevin’s musical inspiration! (PS- The audiobook also has the songs!)
An Original Soundtrack By Kevin Emerson – Musician And Author Of Exile
“On My Sleeve” is a song that appears early on in EXILE. It’s the first song that Summer (narrator) hears Caleb (lead singer) playing. “Sleeve” is deeply personal to Caleb, concerning a key plot point in the story, and Summer has to convince him to share it with the rest of the band (Dangerheart), and then to summon the courage to play it live.
Kevin and his Seattle bandmates (his band is called Northern Allies) imagined how the members of Dangerheart might record Sleeve if they went into the studio (which they do in the sequel!). They thought about what kind of parts each member might write, and how the band might approach the sound.
“It was such a cool experience bringing the characters and the world of the novel to life in a completely different way,” says Kevin. “We thought about everything: from what kind of bass Val might have, to how the band would think about styles and who their musical influences would be, even down to where they’d record and what kind of sounds they’d get. It was super fun. That said, it’s only one interpretation of what these songs could be like. I’d love to hear other versions!” –– Kevin Emerson
If you’d like to download the entire EXILE SOUNDTRACK VOL. 1 it’s available at any of these retailers:
About the book
Over tacos on lunch dates to far-off outlet-mall planets and during practices at the Hive with their new band, Dangerheart, Catherine—no, Summer—falls in love with Caleb.
She also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .
Read the first 60+ pages below!
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