Finally, the playlist we’ve all been dreaming of! DREAMOLOLGY is a new sweet and swoony romance about a girl who literally meets the boy of her dreams, so author Lucy Keating has the swooniest playlist to listen to as you read along!
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Playlist thoughts from Lucy Keating:
I think music makes everything better. And if I had my way, everything would be sound tracked. So when I was writing Dreamology, I kept a running playlist of any song I heard that I felt would help illustrate Max and Alice’s story. You can get the whole playlist here, but below are some key moments. I hope you enjoy!
Song: Take Care by Beach House
Plays: When Alice walks through the Met in her fancy gown.
Why: This song, to me, is Alice and Max’s theme song. It’s romantic but also otherworldly, and it takes me right into a dream. The lyrics “I’ll take care of you, if you ask me to,” fit really nicely with their love story. I imagine it playing during this scene, then again later at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Song: Pictures of You by The Cure
Plays: As Alice and her dad are making their way into Boston
Why: If I’ll Take Care of You is Alice and Max’s theme song, Pictures of You is the theme song of the whole book. The lyrics, “I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you, that I almost believe that they’re real,” were a real inspiration to me while writing, and there is something epic about the song itself.
Song: How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep by Bombay Bicycle Club
Plays: When Alice sees Max in class for the first time
Why: This sounds like you are coming out of a deep sleep. I imagine Alice looking up and seeing Max there in the doorway, and this moment falls over both of them.
Song: I Belong In Your Arms by Chairlift
Plays: The Cookie Incident
Why: I love how romantic this song is, and the way it builds at the beginning. I see this starting to play as Alice and Max stare into the trashcan in shock, and later as they lay on the dock.
Song: Magic by Coldplay
Plays: As Alice & Max lay in their sleep pods
Why: Magic felt perfect for this moment because it’s kind of quiet and romantic, and what happens between Alice & Max does kind of feel like magic. And they are just starting to warm up to each other here.
Song: Sparkly by Young Magic
Plays: As Alice & Max stand outside Bartholomew’s party looking at the sky
Why: I love this song. It totally transports you. I imagine Alice & Max staring at the Technicolor stars here.
Song: I know Places by Lykke Li
Plays: When Max shows up in the pony bedroom
Why: Few people get heartache and longing better than Lykke Li. This song is honest and stripped bare. Alice and Max’s whole world is upside down, and they don’t know what tomorrow brings, and they find comfort in each other.
Song: Last Night’s Dream by The Push Stars
Plays: When Alice wakes up with Max
Why: Isn’t this the most lovely song? I think it’s pretty self explanatory why it fits here.
Song: Sleeping Lessons by The Shins
Plays: When Alice & Max dream during Margaret Yang’s procedure
Why: I love the way this song amps up so slowly, and how the first notes sound like they are coming at us through water. I imagine this playing as Alice chases Max through the ocean and San Francisco and the library, as things get more and more out of hand.
Song: I Will Be There by Odessa
Plays: When Alice & her dad talk under the sofa
Why: Is this not the sweetest song? I thought it was really fitting for this major moment between Alice and her Dad, finally connecting.
Song: Raconte-Moi Une Histoire by M83
Plays: As Max and Jerry chase Alice
Why: I have always loved this song so much. It is playful and strange, and it reminds me of what Max and Alice’s dreams must’ve been like when they were little. I thought it was the perfect way to end the scene, and book, with how it all began.
Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.
But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.
Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?
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