AURORA: MERIDIAN | Songs To Read By

As you may have seen previously, I put together ‘soundtracks’ for Aurora: Darwin here, and Aurora: Pegasus here. These are my attempt at a kind of musical audiobook – the story of Darwin and Pegasus as told by a handful of songs. Following this blog tradition for the Aurora series, I’ve done it again for Aurora: Meridian. So here is the story of Meridian as represented by nine awesome songsusing music from my own personal collection.

Note: There may be spoilers ahead – so be warned! Also I apologize but there are some ads to skip before the film clips/songs.

1. Closer by Kings of Leon (Album: Only By The Night )

KolAlthough, yes, I finished Aurora: Pegasus – Songs To Read By with another Kings of Leon song, this song, Closer, is just the perfect opening for Aurora: Meridian – that kind that would roll through the opening credits if it were a movie. It sets the tone and mood nicely, capturing equal parts sadness, tension, and indicating something big is coming. To me certain lines capture not only the different perspectives of Harris and Carrie, but they also capture glimpses of both Doc and McKinley’s PoV too.

“Floor is crackling cold, she took my heart, I think she took my soul . . .”

“With the moon I run, far from the carnage of the fiery sun . . .”

“Skies are blinking at me, I see a storm bubbling up from the sea . . .”

“Feels so good but I’m old. Two thousand years of chasing taking its toll . . .”

“And it’s coming closer . . .”

You can listen to it here.

2. Going Under by Evanescence (Album: Fallen )

MI0000374790Carrie has revenge in her sights! She’s closing herself off from everyone and determined to put her plan into action. She’s going under to get Sharley, and is severing the connections in her mind to Doc and the Aurora team.

“Don’t want your hand this time,                 I’ll save myself
Maybe I’ll wake up for once
Not tormented daily, defeated by you
Just when I thought, I reached the bottom…”

“So go on and scream
Scream at me, I’m so far away
I won’t be broken again
I’ve got to breathe, I can’t keep going under…”

You can watch the film clip here.

3. Psychopomp by The Tea Party (Album: Transmission)

This song is from Doc’s PoV, capturing his 41bbITrOKALdismay at Carrie’s actions. She has escaped from her guards and disappeared off the radar, lost to the UNF . . .

“You wanted this                                                  So sad to see                                                    The sweet decay                                                Of ecstasy . . .”

“As you fade away . . .”

You can listen to the song here.

4. White Room by Cream (Album: Wheels of Fire)

downloadThe song was selected purely for the title, as Carrie, of course, spends time in the White Room on Meridian. Throughout the Aurora series I have slipped in the odd song title paying homage to bands and songs I like. This is no exception. I’m a big fan of what I call ‘retro rock’, particularly the late 60’s/early 70’s era when I think the world really came of age. This is a great song, and hence became the title of Aurora: Meridan‘s chapter 10 – The White Room.

“Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves

You can listen to the song here.

5. I Can Dream by Skunk Anansie (Album: Paranoid and Sunburnt)

Paranoid-Sunburnt-1995Carrie has awoken anew . . . She has sucked up all her pain and made the ultimate sacrifice. And she is now more ready than never to exact her revenge.

“I’ll be your sailor girl
I’ll tip my cap to your parade
Life won’t be dreary no
I’ll be the waves inside your bed . . .”

“Oh what a sacrifice                                             All of my dreams will melt away                     Oh so who’s so special now                               No one’s more special, more than me, more than me . . .”

“I can dream that I’m someone else . . .”

 You can watch the film clip here.

6. One Step Closer by Linkin Park (Album: Hybrid Theory)

Linkin_park_hybrid_theoryThis song is from Harris’ perspective. It captures the frustration he feels from all his searching, from his discussions with Professor LeFroy, President Gillet, and Captain Rovine, etc. Welles is still lost and the plot seems to be ever thickening around him and he’s patience is growing thin.

“I find the answers aren’t so clear . . . ”        

“Nothing seems to go away . . .”

“Everything you say to me, takes me one step closer to the edge, and I’m about to break!”

You can view their film clip here.

7. The Halcyon Days by The Tea Party (Album: TRIPtych)

TriptychThis (awesome) song represents Carrie’s escape from her captors and the difficult journey she has crossing the colony on her way back to the Aurora. Her plan has changed, but she is committed to make it, driven by an even greater sense of revenge and the desperate need to save the Aurora crew from their fate . . .

“I wait for return                                                 Until then my soul it burns                                 And it burns only for you…                               I’ll be with you soon…”

“I can’t explain, this disdain remains
This treason I can’t reason . . .”

“Vengeance moves so swiftly
I’ve conquered fear
I’ve shed my tears
Now I’m seething, barely breathing . . .”

“And I’ll be with you soon . . .”

You can listen to the song here.

8. It’s Not Over by Daughtry (Album: Daughtry)

TDaughtry - Its Not Overhis song is mainly from Doc’s perspective. Carrie has returned to the Aurora, much to his relief. In her absence he realised just how much he loves her, and now she’s back he’s decided that he never wants to lose her again.

“My life with you means everything                So I won’t give up that easily . . .”

“Let’s start over                                                     I tried to do it right this time around             It’s not over                                                           There’s a part of me that’s dead and in the ground                                                                                                                                                 This love is killing me, but you’re the only one, it’s not over . . .”

You can watch the film clip here.

9. Who Are You? by Scary Mother (Album: Tai Laeo)

scarymotherThis song is from Harris’ perspective. In particular it would be the soundtrack to his thoughts during/after the Epilogue scene. He’s received the message from his sister Holly about that purple book and it’s left him both curious and a little worried. This also makes a great closing song that would see the end credits roll if it were a film. It’s the kind that captures the mood/tone at the end of the book and hints at what might be a focus in the next book – particularly from Harris’ perspective.

“Close, close your eyes                                                                                                                      And take a trip into your mind                                                                                                        It’s a little dark                                                                                                                                  And soon you’ll find                                                                                                              Something waiting . . .”

“I spy something strange                                                                                                                  Dig down, play it out                                                                                                                        I’m not alone. No.                                                                                                                              I’m scared.                                                                                                                                        Who are you?”

You can listen to the song here.

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So, what will happen next for Carrie, Harris and the Aurora team? Read AURORA: CENTRALIS when it’s released worldwide on 26 March.

Until next time!

🙂

Amanda

About Amanda Bridgeman

Author of the science fiction space opera series, AURORA, Amanda Bridgeman studied film & television/creative writing at Murdoch University (BA Communication Studies) and has been published by Pan Macmillan. Aurora:Meridian was a finalist for Best Science Fiction Novel (Aurealis).