As you might have noticed my fangirl-filled review earlier today, I loved This Song Will Save Your Life. Truly loved.
So I’m thrilled to have Leila Sales on my blog today as part of the blog tour for This Song Will Save Your Life! She’s sharing a playlist for everyone to use to get ready for a night out and I’ve got a giveaway of This Song Will Save Your Life!
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Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.
Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together. – Goodreads
Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life
Getting ready for a night out: the mixtape
No one ever said going out at night was easy. It’s not easy. You need the right friends, the right destination, the right way to get there, the right outfit, and the right music to listen to while you’re getting ready.
I’m afraid I can’t help you with most of that. But I can help you with the music. You are right now six songs away from the best night of your life. Just press play.
Track One – Do You Want To, by Franz Ferdinand
The best way to start a night out is with a disco nap. When you wake up at 10 PM to the buzzing of your alarm, you may feel a little groggy. It was light out when you went to sleep, now it is pitch-black—disorienting, right? Franz Ferdinand can help. “When I woke up tonight I said I, I’m going to make somebody love me.” Okay, so you’ve woken up tonight. Now what are you waiting for? Go make somebody love you!
Track Two – Modern Love, by David Bowie
“I know when to go out, and when to stay in, get things done.” Look, you’re not the only one who’s thinking, “Huh, maybe spending Friday night washing dishes in my pajamas is better than going out.” David Bowie is thinking the same thing. But you know what? You’re both wrong. It’s not better than going out. Brush your teeth, wash your face, and let’s get a move on.
Track Three – This Charming Man, by the Smiths
This is the last of the ‘excuses’ songs. “I would go out tonight, but I haven’t got a stitch to wear.” It’s okay. This problem has a solution. Take a deep breath, open your closet, and pick out some clothes. It doesn’t have to be a perfect outfit. It just has to be clothes that, when you put them on and look at yourself in the mirror, make you want to dance. This is a good song, and if you don’t want to do at least a little shimmy to it, you are wearing the wrong outfit. Take it off and start over. Don’t waste time hanging up discarded options; that’s what your bed is for. For now: you have places to be.
Track Four – Town Called Malice, by the Jam
This is an excellent shoe selection song. If you can’t dance the way you want to dance to this song, your shoes are probably too uncomfortable. Try on another pair. Again, it’s cool if your bedroom floor winds up littered with too-high heels—they’ll provide a nice landing pad for your clothes when you throw them off the bed at 2am.
Track Five – It’s Friday, I’m in Love, by the Cure
But this song works only if it’s Friday, obviously. This song is just depressing on a Monday. If you’re going out any other night of the week, try something like “You Only Live Once,” by the Strokes. Do your make-up. Stare deep into your own eyes and make kissy faces at the mirror. This is as good as you’re going to look all night, before wind and sweat and rain and time have their way with you. If you can’t fall in love with yourself right now, you probably need more eye make-up.
Track Six – The Party, by Uffie
“Let’s get this party started right, let’s get drunk and freaky fly, you with me so it’s all right, we gonna stay up the whole night.” You heard the lady. It’s time to go. Grab your keys, grab your ID, grab your cell, and don’t look back. We gonna stay up the whole night!
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About Leila Sales
Leila Sales grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Chicago. Now she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works as a children’s book editor. Leila spends most of her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, dance parties, and stories that she wants to write. (bio from Amazon)
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