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Enthralled: The Playlist

After getting valuable feedback from several brilliant beta readers, I recently finished making another round of revisions to my contemporary fantasy Enthralled. Longtime readers of this blog will remember the story as ZF-360; that was my working title for my retelling of Mozart's The Magic Flute set in modern-day Manhattan and the Hudson Highlands among the elusive Irish Travellers

Well, I've entirely rewritten since I first came up with the story, and I'm very happy with it now. Irish folk music figures heavily in the story. My male protagonist plays in a Celtic fusion band and receives an Abell ZF-360 pennywhistle as a gift.

As I went through the printed manuscript, catching tiny errors on virtually every page, I also made a list of all the (real) songs I mention in the story. Most are Irish folk songs, but some are not. Here's the playlist, with links where available:

"Katie Campbell's Rambles"

"The Green Gates"

"Bold Doherty"

"Summer is Coming"

"The Water is Wide"

"My Funny Valentine

"Clohinne Winds"

"As I Roved Out"

"Strange Fruit"

"Body and Soul"

"Stella By Starlight"

"Ships Are Sailing"

"The Lakes of Coolfin"

"Horo Johnny"

"I's the B'y"

"The Creggan White Hare"

"The Dawning of the Day"

"The Flower of Magherally"

"Green Grow the Rushes

"An Paistin Fionn"

"Rant and Roar"

"Blackbirds and Thrushes"

"The Waxies' Dargle"

"The Wind that Shakes the Barley"

"The Lark Ascending"

Reader Comments (12)

Can't wait to see this! Love the Irish Travellers idea.

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPennystalker

First of all, I love the new name! Enthralled!!! As you already know, I'm totally in love with the whole concept of this book and can't wait to see it on shelves (including MY shelf). And the music is so fun--fits with the whole feel of the book. You are a rock star. xoxoxo

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnniepooh

PS, my captcha was "hurrybod." What exactly is a hurrybod? Wait... maybe I'd better not ask...

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnniepooh

I SO want to read this story! Once it is published, it will not only be able to join my Luisa Perkins Collection, but solve many of my gift-giving needs.

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I don't know when I've enjoyed a beta-read more than Enthralled. I had read about the Travellers in an Alan Bradley book a few years ago and was delighted to see them appear in your New York tale. This story was so compelling. Parts of it reminded me of Baz Luhrmann's retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in Mexico City -- brilliant! I also loved the Irish folk music references. Having been a Chieftains fan for decades I recognized many of them and was humming along in my head as I read. Thanks for posting the entire playlist. And for the fascinating read. I look forward to the hardcover novel, followed by a major feature film. :)

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharrette

As one of the precious view who's been privileged to read ENTHRALLED, I'm totally geeking out over the music! 4yo Claira is dancing herself dizzy as I listen to it in the office and frankly, I'm of a mind to join her!

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Vanderhorst

p.s. Lark Ascending is one of the most beautiful pieces of classical music ever written, and inspired one of my illustrations years ago. Fabulous choice for the final lift-off.

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharrette

I've been waiting for this story for years! And I love the new title. Your playlist just sets it over the top.

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenna Consolo

I love when people share the music they enjoy or use while writing (or in their novels). I love expanding my music library! :D

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterL.T. Elliot

I love how you always teach me new things! I consider myself relatively culturally literate, but I know almost nothing about Celtic music or the Irish travellers. Or "The Magic Flute," for that matter.

"Lark Ascending"--gorgeous!

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

It won't let me comment? :(

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDedee

Just hummed through the ditty you posted and loved it. I shall work my way through the rest of the playlist tomorrow. It's all smilin' music--even the "saddish" ones. I love that you paint the complete picture when it comes to your writing. The music woven into Enthralled isn't a vague feeling or idea--it is an actual playlist!! So cool. You may likewise color ME enthralled. . . Get me this book!

October 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTina

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