Song Inspiration: Running to Stand Still

May 12, 2016 Writing  No comments

I’ve created a whole playlist to go along with the book — songs that helped me create + capture the mood of certain scenes and of the story as a whole.

But there are a few that stand out from the rest.


As stated before, Paradise by Coldplay.

It has this haunted, ethereal, chilling quality that really captures the overall setting + tone of the story.

The yearning for more, beyond your reality, towards something that feels unreachable.

The weaving together of heartbreak and hope. 


Fire and Rain by James Taylor.

Without giving too much away, this song very much captures the relationship between Jamie and her mother, Amy.

As well as show how similar they are as individuals.

This is their prayer. 

But I always thought that I’d see you again.

Won’t you look down upon me, Jesus,
You’ve got to help me make a stand.
You’ve just got to see me through another day.
My body’s aching and my time is at hand
And I won’t make it any other way.


And the books namesake, Running to Stand Still by U2.

This song is about heroin addiction.

But, also, about the struggle to get out from where you’re at.

It’s about darkness + the recklessness of release.

Hopelessness + the things you do to quell that rage that twists out of unbearable pain.

All the things you do just to feel okay. Some, good. Most, harmful.

All things that show up in my book.

(also, I was introduced to this song by my dad – U2 is his favorite band. Now one of mine too. Perfectly fitting because this book also explores the complexities of family dynamics, particularly father/daughter relationships.)

You got to cry without weeping
Talking without speaking
Scream without raising your voice


Until next time, farewell & may your life never cease to be filled with wonder and curiosity.

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