This song makes me want to smash five bottles of champagne on the floor and dance over the pieces in five-inch stiletto boots made of leather.
If that seems oddly specific, it’s because you haven’t watched Killing Eve, a rightfully lauded show that debuted last year and gained Sandra Oh an oh-so-deserved Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. This song appears a couple times in the most tense, plainly cool moments of romance between two women who have yet to meet face-to-face.
Seriously, watch Killing Eve.
My playlist-prodigy friend Hannah Burkett sent me the link to “Snow Girl” by Staygold on Monday with the simple message, “I’m OBSESSED with this song.” Seeing as she’s the reason I listen to about 37 percent of the music I do (rough estimate), I tuned in.
Seriously, I don’t think I’ve stopped listening to it since that first play. The song came into my life at a perfect time. Right now in Nobody’s Hero, my main character has a come-to-Jesus meeting with the only other person in on her secret when he gets tired of her making decisions without taking him into account.
“So selfish, can’t help it, I know,” Staygold’s song says. “I should think of myself / ‘cuz you never ever thought about me…Acting like I am emotional / wonder why I should stay when I know you won’t change / only happy when you’re in control / you’re always getting your way.”
I know how the argument has to end, but this song just put me in the mood to write a good confrontation.
Many discovered James Blake through his guest vocals on “Forward” from Beyoncé’s Lemonade. That song has also inspired many writing moments, but “Retrograde” is the one I come back to the most. It’s tantalizingly dark, foreboding and irresistible — the perfect soundtrack for when the screen goes black on a cliffhanger ending.
This song first caught my ear when it came on shuffle as I was reading Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a sleuthing story — picture a montage of a detective decoding a victim’s journal or charting GPS coordinates. Or, in the case of one of my current projects, an editor piecing together a former reporter’s field notes to figure out what landed her in a mental institution.