My main characters, Nick and Celia, have almost nothing in common except for their love of legendary rock music from decades past. Throughout their trek across the US, the radio is on, the volume is up, and the music is more than just the background noise for their journey. When I’m writing a story like Celia on the Run, I can see the endless highway in my mind, I can feel the grit on my face, I can smell the Indian fry bread, and I can hear the music playing. I wanted you to hear it too.

The first music collection is called Nick and Celia’s Playlist. It’s what they would have rocked out to as they drove thousands of zig-zaggy miles from Arizona to New Jersey. Several of the songs from this list are specifically mentioned in the story. Nick and Celia were purists when it came to music and would be the first to point out that anything worth listening to was released between 1965 and 1975.

Unlike Nick and Celia, I’m a bit more eclectic, although Led Zeppelin holds a big chunk of my music-loving heart. The second playlist is my own personal Celia on the Run Soundtrack. These songs reminded me of the characters, carried the vibe of a certain scene in the story, and even inspired bits and pieces of the novel.

Nick and Celia’s Playlist

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  1. “Sweet Hitch-Hiker” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  2. “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin
  3. “White Room” by Cream
  4. “Light My Fire” by The Doors
  5. “Eyesight to the Blind” by The Who
  6. “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” by The Animals
  7. “Wild Thing” by The Troggs
  8. “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane
  9. “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix
  10. “Heartbreaker” by Led Zeppelin
  11. “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream
  12. “My Generation (Mono Version)” by The Who
  13. “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin
  14. “Dream On” by Aerosmith
  15. “Hear My Train a Comin’” by Jimi Hendrix
  16. “Money” by Pink Floyd
  17. “Who’ll Stop The Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  18. “I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)” by The Electric Prunes
  19. “All Along The Watchtower” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  20. “People Are Strange” by The Doors
  21. “Sympathy For The Devil” by The Rolling Stones
  22. “Cecilia” by Simon & Garfunkel
  23. “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan
  24. “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan
  25. “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” by Grateful Dead

Celia on the Run Soundtrack

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  1. “Leaving the Nest (It’s a Long Way Down)” by Benjy Ferree
  2. “Money Maker” by The Black Keys
  3. “Cecilia Ann” by The Pixies
  4. “Every Day Should Be a Holiday” by The Dandy Warhols
  5. “Off The Record” by My Morning Jacket
  6. “Killed Myself When I Was Young” by A. A. Bondy
  7. “Offend in Every Way” by The White Stripes
  8. “Tattoo Of Your Name” by VAST
  9. “The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret” by Queens of the Stone Age
  10. “The Thief & The Heartbreaker” by Alberta Cross
  11. “Fall To Pieces” by Velvet Revolver
  12. “Dismantle. Repair” by Anberlin
  13. “Kiss and Ride” by Dynamite Walls
  14. “Lonely” by Velveteen Robot
  15. “The World Outside” by Paloalto
  16. “Wild Things” by Dexter Freebish
  17. “Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  18. “Genius” by The Exies
  19. “Mystified” by Rocco DeLuca & The Burden
  20. “You Got Me All Wrong” by Dios Malos
  21. “Tragedy Bound” by The Bravery
  22. “Gotta Be Somebody’s Blues” by Jimmy Eat World
  23. “Murder” by Ours
  24. “I’ll See Your Heart and Raise You Mine” by Bell X1
  25. “For Annabelle” by Band of Horses