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Abria Mattina works as Production Manager for the Ottawa Arts Review, an eclectic literary journal. Her work has appeared in Ottawa’s The Fulcrum and Canculture Magazine. Her poem “Circus” was published in volume 5.2 of the Ottawa Arts Review. Abria holds a Certificate in Publishing from the New York University Summer Publishing Institute and a degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Ottawa. When she isn’t writing she enjoys travelling, eclectic books, blogging, and baking. She lives with her fiancé, Daniel.
Eighteen isn’t too young to run your life into the ground, but it’s not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John’s, Newfoundland back to her hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She’s looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town, back to the life he knew before cancer. By letting the tragedies in their lives define them, they are both dying a little more every day. Welcome to the wake.
THE GUEST POST: MUSICMusic plays a huge role in Wake. Narrators Jem and Willa aren't the most able communicators, and when things become a bit much for them, they turn to music. These friends and fledgling lovers exchange playlists frequently, using lyrics to initiate, or in some cases replace, honest communication.
I've put together a list of my top five favourite songs mentioned in Wake. If you're interested in listening to the whole playlist, you can do so here. To find out more about the book, read a sample, or purchase it, you can do so here.
Hard Road by Sam Roberts
Album: We Were Born in a Flame (Canada)
I incorporated as much Canadian music into Wake as I possibly could. "Hard Road" is carried by solid drumming that you can't help but tap your toe to, and Roberts' crooning voice flows trough the melody like water. This song is about the nature of life and death, the value of living in the moment, and that life isn never easy.
Favourite lines: "I've been dying since the day I was born," and "It's all right to get caught stealing back what you've lost."
One Week by Barenaked Ladies
When I was a kid I thought this was a song about a horrible relationship. At face value it's a song about an argument. When I got a little older, I realized that it's actually a love song -- one that only people who've genuinely been in love will understand.
Why i chose it for Wake: It's about combative but genuine love; perfect for Jem and Willa.
Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls
Album: Dizzy Up the Girl
This is such a romantic song, but so self-conscious at the same time. It contains fear of losing love, lust for the moment, and a self-conscious inability to justify one's love to outsiders. The line, "I don't want the world to see me, 'cause I don't think that they'd understand," has always seemed particularly poignant.
Why I chose it for Wake: Jem and Willa are initially reluctant to enter a relationship, and then are hard-pressed to defend it against the caring criticism of others.
You Let Me Down by Joel Plaskett
This is the ultimate Canadian breakup song. The song's speaker is a man who has recently ended a relationship that he admits wasn't working, and then goes on to apologize for how long it's taking him to recover from a breakup that he saw coming. He even commends his ex for the way she broke the news.Typical Canadian self-abasement, done in Joel Plaskett's twangy style. The music video for this song is awesome.
Why I chose it for Wake: This song made the most sense for Willa and Jem's troubled period, where they are aware of mutual attraction but can't agree on what to do about it.
Breakeven (Falling to Pieces) by The Script
Album: The Script
This is another post-breakup song, but much more heavy-hearted than "You Let Me Down." Jem and Willa have their share of ups and downs, rife with feelings of frustration and inadequacy. I used this song to mark the end of one of their low points. Jem uses it to acknowledge the hurtful things that passed between them, and from there they're able to move forward.
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