Songs that inspired Catching Tatum (click here to listen)
Star Spangled Banner – Whitney Houston
Because I couldn't wite a book with a baseball-loving military brat protagonist and not hear our national anthem!
I Don't Dance – Lee Brice
This is the song that inspired me to write Catching Tatum in the first place. From the very first time I heard it, the muse moved me to write a story worthy of the lyrics.
Meet Virginia – Train
Dedicated to Tatum over the radio by a boy in a recollection she had that never made it out of my head into the story, but the song fits her too perfectly to leave out.
No More I Love You's – Annie Lennox
Tatum's motto after she says it one too many times with no love in return. Also, though it's not written this way, this is the song I envisioned Tatum playing over and over again on her pitiful run around McChord AFB, and when she cries on her bed, and when both boys break her heart again.
I'm Not Who I Was – Brandon Heath
When Tatum makes her rules and stands up for herself and becomes a woman of strength and mystery, because of the boy who broke her heart.
Thunderstruck – AC/DC
This is the song I imagine playing on the radio when Tatum drives to work after Justin Parker changed her station.
Rude – Magic!
Another inspirational song for a scene in the story that didn't make it to the final version. This is when Cole comes back and asks Tatum's dad if he can date her and he shuts him down. Then of course, Cole the-persistent comes back and permission is granted.
All She Wants to do is Dance – Don Henley
’Cause I couldn't have two exhibitionist characters like Cole and Tatum and not have them dance to this in front of a crowd of fans. And, anyway, it's perfect for that 3rd inning sing-along!
Better Together – Jack Johnson (but only the harmonica version will do)
When the boy who gets what he wants finally gives in and gives Tatum what she demands—the perfect dance for two stubborn souls.
Redeemed – Big Daddy Weave
When Tatum finds her redemption in the arms of a heartbroken Airman.
Almost Lover – A Fine Frenzy
For the season of Tatum's life when she loses both Justin and Cole. This was another song that haunted me, like a muse, from the first time I heard it and demanded me to write for it.
Hello, My Name Is – Matthew West
I don't know; it's kind of the song I hear when the two of them finally, at long last, say “I do.” I think it's the best way for them to end their courtship, which is filled with memories of regrets, and say “hello” to a new life together.