Along Came December: The Playlist (Part 2)

Has it really been over two weeks since Part 1? Boy I'm good at this blog thing.

Along Came December is told in three parts, and, coincidentally, Part 1 of the playlist took us to the end of the first part of the book, which takes place in the present. The second part of the book is a flashback. It begins with the early days of Max and Shirley's relationship and concludes where the book first started. The flashback section hits a lot of sad notes, including Max's death, so (surprise, surprise) the music associated with it is kind of depressing. Ye be warned.

Scared, by The Tragically Hip

It's not quite love at first sight when Shirley meets Max, but she likes him a lot and he seems to feel the same way. The relationship seems like it's going places, but Shirley's keeping a secret, one she's afraid will ruin everything. She's scared of getting too attached, because she doesn't think it's going to last.

You've Got a Friend, by James Taylor

Back in the early drafts of the book, there was a scene where Shirley had a panic attack after confessing a long-held secret, and Max sang to her. The song was never mentioned, but this is the song that I heard when I wrote the scene. Even though it kind of lost its relevance and was eventually removed from the playlist, I still think this song is a great representation of who Max was to Shirley and how much she needed him.

Say Something, by A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera

Fuck, this song. I still can't listen to this song without wanting to cry. After Max dies, the police department holds a service for him, and Shirley gives his final radio call. I picture Shirley (who's now calling herself Mordecai) standing in front of a crowd of her peers, calling to her dead husband, knowing he's not going to answer but wishing so badly that he would, and then she just breaks down and cries. It's the moment where she begins to realize that he's not coming back.

Bring Him Home, by The Piano Guys

As if Say Something wasn't sad enough. This song is a cover from the Les Mis soundtrack, and the instrumentals are just so poignant. While not tied to a specific moment in the book, this song speaks to Mordecai's grief in the wake of Max's death.

Part III coming soon!