More Than Music Songs #2

This week was exciting because I got the print proof for MORE THAN MUSIC. Naturally, Gabby, Nicki, and Ella had to help me celebrate this occasion...

There's also a short (and very geeky) excerpt there if you squint hard enough (or click the image to see a bigger one). I'm so excited it's a real book! And soon you'll be able to buy it too!

Now on to the music! Today I want to focus on two songs that are special to Maddie and Jared. First, "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" by My Chemical Romance. Jared sings this song to Maddie to cheer her up before their audition on The Sound, and it becomes a running theme for them throughout the entire book.

Next is "Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones, which Jared and Maddie play together in his hotel room, while he's trying to show her how to loosen up on stage. I chose this song because it's a punk classic that is easy to play but also really fun. In fact, I like to use it as a warm-up when I play guitar! Hey! Ho! Let's Go!

And if you're looking for something to read while you wait for my book, check out my friend Jessica Love's book PUSH GIRL! It's about a teen dancer who has a spinal cord injury and has to adjust to life in a wheelchair, but the book is not depressing or preachy. It's cute and fun, realistic and uplifting, and has a sweet romance too!