Getting in the Mood: Playlist to Lurve

Happy Wednesday, all.

It’s Hell Week at the day job and I had to call for back up. Thank goodness, that ho-bag LIssa Trevor wasn’t doing anything but hanging around Spankin’ Mr. Darcy.  LOL!   Making her Seven Scribes debut, please welcome the lovely and talented, Lissa Trevor!!!!


Dorothy had “Off to See the Wizard.”  Rocky Balboa had “Eye of the Tiger.”  Mrs. Mia Wallace had “Girl You’ll Be A Woman” by Urge Overkill.  Music matters!  I always write to music.  I’m a big fan of 80’s hair bands.  Duran Duran’s Hungry Like the Wolf brings to mind adolescent fantasies of Simon LeBon stalking me through the jungle and I can’t hear Warrant’s Cherry Pie without thinking of a dance club in Poughkeepsie NY called Primetime where a boy named Adrian serenaded me.  Yo Adrian!

But when I had to write in 19th century English for my erotic Pride and Prejudice mash-up SPANK ME, MR. DARCY, I couldn’t have TLC’s “Waterfalls” playing in the background or anything that I knew the words too.  When you’re trying to write authentic dialogue, having Pitbull crow, “Mr. Worldwide I pop up and greet her. PPP Peter Pumpkin Eater.  With no religion, make them believers.  I always hit two.  Call me Jeter,” just snaps you right out of the story where you’re having a polite battle of words before the master gets out the whip.

But I had to persevere.  I put on Bizet’s Carmen.  But I wound up singing the lyrics I hadn’t spoken since high school French class with Madame Cohen. Realizing I was easily distracted, I tried Vivaldi and Mozart. But I wound up nodding off in the writing chair, leaving Jane and Bingley staring at each other longingly. Andreas Vollenweider and Bond helped.  They were classical, but edgy and it allowed me to get into the groove.  But once I was there and the scene was set – or rather the dungeon was occupied, I needed something with a beat and heart.  I needed something as passionate as Elizabeth’s fine eyes and something as fierce as Darcy’s pride.

I reached deep into my 80’s roots and here’s what I came up with, The Netherfield Dungeon Mix:

“Love Story” by Taylor Swift

“A Kiss From a Rose” by Seal

“I Want to Sex You Up” Color Me Badd

“Killing me Softly” by The Fugees

“Payphone” by Maroon Five

“Africa” by Toto

“Obsession” by Animotion

“Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns and Roses

“Butterfly” by Crazytown

“Tonight I’m Loving You” by Enrique Iglesias

“Whistle” by Flo Rida

“Love Bites” by Def Leppard

“Whenever, Wherever” by Shakira

“Wannabe” by The Spice Girls

“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga

What’s your theme song?  One lucky commenter will receive a pdf copy of SPANK ME, MR. DARCY.

Lissa Trevor has her stilettos firmly entrenched in the romance community.  Spank Me Mr. Darcy is her debut novel from Riverdale Avenue Books.  She is a frequent reader at Manhattan’s Between The Covers events, where her novellas Wild Oats and Timelash from Coliloquy’s Entwined volumes 1 & 2 have been very popular.  Lissa also created an erotic story template for Coliloquy’s ValEntwined promotion that allowed readers to download a personalized ebook starring themselves and their significant other. You can find her at


25 thoughts on “Getting in the Mood: Playlist to Lurve”

  1. Hi Lissa! Welcome to the Scribes. I don’t have a playlist while I’m writing. Generally, I need quiet or plain old background noise. When I’m plotting and need to let my mind wander, I pull out the iPod because my characters have musical preferences. I have one who loves music from the 70s, so while I was plotting, I’d listened to a lot of Elton John. For Mystic Ink, Nix loved Lady Gaga (Bad Romance!) and Cherry Cordial enjoyed My Darkest Days (Porn Star Dancing). Zephyr was into Lacuna Coil (Losing My Religion). The one that always makes me chuckle is Ares. His favorite – Edwin Starr’s War. No surprise there!!

  2. Welcome, Lissa. I have your book on my Kindle and just the title makes me blush:-) Great musical picks!

    As far as music, I can’t listen to music while I write, but certain songs are definitely on my character playlists. Each book seems to find its own natural theme songs. HIFH had “Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum, OTI had “Perfect” by Pink, with SC, I used “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and “My Immortal” by Evanescence. Kelly Clarkson tunes seem to be Lily Carmichael’s favorites with anthems such as “Stronger” and “People Like Us”. I think it’s cool how certain music can help you better define your characters and your story by creating emotion and mood that connects us more deeply to the heart and soul of our stories. Thanks for sharing your playlist with us.

  3. Thanks for being here today, Lissa and covering for me. I can’t write and listen to music. It’s like trying to pat my head and rub my belly at the same time. 🙂

  4. Great set of tunes, Lissa. I like the range of bands. I have to listen to something with a driving beat, too, or I nod off. The Rolling Stones or Springsteen usually do it for me, but right now I’m listening to a lot of Buckwheat Zydeco. The beat just makes me happy.

    1. The MTV video for Obsession was the best! Do you remember her dressed as Cleopatra? I haven’t heard of Phillip Glass. I’m going to go youtube him 😀 Thanks for commenting Julia!

  5. Love your playlist; great songs! I generally write to 80’s hair bands, the beat keeps me going and the lyrics are so well known to me that they don’t distract me from the story. Every now and then I’ll search out a particular song for a certain scene to help set the mood (Alabama’s Feels So Right…yeah my critique partner said that scene was HOT!). Lady A helped set the mood when I was plotting Tell Me Lies, but then as I wrote, I turned to my faves: Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and several from the list above. Can’t wait to read your new story, it’s there on my Kindle, calling out to me. Now to just find some quiet time for my self. Congrats on the release & wishing you many more!

    1. I’m going to check out “Feels So Right” sounds like it could be a future playlist staple! Skid Row’s “18 and live” slays me. I’m going to write a story inspired by that some day also Poison’s “Something to believe in.”

      1. Both great songs. Will have to add those to my list. Yes, you must check out Alabama. If you ever saw them perform it it’s even more powerful and man is that guy sexy!

  6. Nice play list, Lissa. I can listen to music while I write. Whatever is on IHeartRadio, Pandora, or even the radio, it doesn’t matter. I like to have something on in the background playing softly. I can even write with the TV on low, just for noise. Can’t wait to read your book. It sounds devilishly devine.

  7. My default go to music has always been Elephant Box CD by Ingrid Chavez and a loop of Venus DeMilo from Prince’s Parade CD. For this WIP I have Better than I know Myself and What do you want from me by Adam Lambert, Warrior pt 2 by LLoyd Banks, Gravity by Sarah Bareilles, Addicted by Saving Abel, Obsessed by Mariah Carey, and Drive by Incubus.

    But in all honesty, the only music going through my head lately is Thrift Shop by Macklemore… It won’t go away.

  8. Hi Lissa, good to see you visiting here with the seven scribes. I enjoyed your blog and the answers it evoked. For me, I seem to need the quiet that writing requires. With most other cerebral activities, I enjoy the classics. Umm, (an epiphany) maybe that would work for writing as well. I have not tried it. Depends if I am working in my studio, where the classical music is available. We’ll have to try it. Thanks.

  9. Okay . . . I am listening to my classical music, and writing furiously, tears falling over my cheeks onto my desk. Could be the music, could be the story, but the music is incredibly inspiring. Oh boy, I am so excited to make this discovery. Lissa, I could kiss you for the idea. Remind me at the next meeting.

  10. I love, love, love music, but I can’t write to it. I tend to get too lost in the songs and sing along and not get anything done.

    1. I do occassionally belt out a song. I’ve been known to yell out the words to “La Vie Boheme” from Rent and The Phantom of the Opera.

  11. I’m please to announce the winner of the PDF version of Spank Me, Mr. Darcy is . . . . Jon!!! Jon e-mail me at LissaTrevor(at)gmail(dot)com where you’d like me to send the pdf to. Thanks everyone for commenting 😀

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