Boundary Crossed Soundtrack Reveal

Boundary Crossed by Melissa F Olson

If you’re familiar with me and my work, you may already know that I do a soundtrack for most of my books and post them on my website. By “soundtrack,” I don’t mean a playlist that I listen to while I write, but more like the music that would play in the background if you were watching this story as a movie. Each track more or less corresponds to a chapter, although occasionally a chapter will warrant two songs, or no songs at all. Part of the fun is trying to figure out what goes where, and why.

What you may not know is that I started making the soundtracks because of an author named Mark Danielewski, who wrote a fantastic, unconventional horror novel called House of Leaves back in 2000. His sister happens to be a musician named Poe, and she wrote an album, Haunted, which serves as a companion piece to the book. The idea was that you could just read the book, or you could just listen to the album, or you could do both at the same time, and wind up with a third, completely unique experience.

I always loved that idea: that A plus B make C, which is more than the sum of its parts. And, of course, my background is film, so creating a link between and a scene and a sound makes perfect sense to me. And although I don’t listen to music while I write, I’ve found that these soundtracks still serve me well: they help me get back in the right mindset after working on a different project, they sometimes clarify or crystalize scenes or characters as I work on them, and they help me distinguish what I’m writing from what I’ve written before: for example, my two urban fantasy heroines each have a signature artist. Scarlett’s is the Pretty Reckless, and Lex’s is Brandi Carlile.  Here’s a super high-tech diagram illustrating the differences between the two series’ sounds:


So with no further ado, here’s the Boundary Crossed soundtrack. To make it easier for you to listen, I’ve even created a Spotify playlist. So just click that link and you should be able to listen for free.

Boundary Crossed Soundtrack
One – Aimee Mann
Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) – Concrete Blonde*
Welcome Home Son – Radical Face
Trouble – Imagine Dragons
Be Gone Dull Cage – Kiev
You Were Born – Cloud Cult
No Sugar in My Coffee – Caught a Ghost
Polaroid – Imagine Dragons
Another Set of Issues – OK Go
Mainstream Kid – Brandi Carlile
They Want My Soul – Spoon
Young Blood – Bea Miller
Friction – Imagine Dragons
Alibi – Brandi Carlile
Upside Down & Inside Out – OK Go
What Light – Wilco
Sweet Pea – Amos Lee
Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
That Year – Brandi Carlile
Fallen – Franz Ferdinand
Inside Out – Spoon
Blood Muscle Skin & Bone – Brandi Carlile
Death-Defying Acts – Angus & Julia Stone
Ain’t No Reason – Brett Dennon
Troubled Mind – Catie Curtis
Bombs Away – The Eels
Hopeless Opus – Imagine Dragons
Sounds Like Somewhere – Lily & Madeline
Flowers in Your Hair – The Lumineers
Dream a Little Dream – Ella Fitzgerald
Solitude – Billie Holiday
I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl – Nina Simone
Unchained Melody (Instrumental)
Heroes and Songs – Brandi Carlile
Vampires Will Never Hurt You – My Chemical Reaction
Beginning to Feel the Years – Brandi Carlile
My Medicine – The Pretty Reckless
Go It Alone – Beck
Psycho – Muse
In Trouble – Ryan Kickland
I Shall Believe – Sheryl Crowe
Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene – Hozier
Pride and Joy – Brandi Carlile



*A big thank-you to Rob Blackwell for suggesting this track.

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  1. Can you create a spotify playlist for Scarlett? Thx

    • If I get time, I would love to do that. Unfortunately, a) I suck at Spotify, and it takes me forever, and b) I’ve found that Spotify doesn’t carry many of the songs I had already chosen for Scarlett and published with the soundtrack lists. When I was making the Boundary Crossed soundtrack I made an effort to stick to Spotify-friendly songs, but even then, I had to reject two I would have liked. So we’ll see.

      However, if anyone else would like to make a working Spotify list for any of the Scarlett books and share a link I can put on the website, I’d be happy to send some swag as a thank you. (Obviously only to the first person who does this.)

  2. I have been listening to Poe’s ‘Haunted’ album all of this week. I sometimes feel like she’s a little obscure, so I get excited whenever I come across someone else who is familiar. I owned her brother’s book at one point but never got around to reading it before it was lost in a flooded basement. I downloaded ‘Boundary Crossed’ as a Kindle First last month, it’s on my list to read this month! Any idea when to expect another installment in Scarlett’s series? I was happy for her with the way things turned out and I’m really looking forward to what’s next for her!

    • Erin, I just sent in the Boundary Crossed sequel and I’ll probably do one more Boundary book before returning to Scarlett…so I’m still in the planning stages of what will happen. But I can tell you there will be appearances from the LA crowd in the Boundary books.
      I’m actually not terribly familiar with “Haunted” –I just listened to it a few times while reading House of Leaves –but when I was in college I listened to Poe’s “Hello” album over and over and over.

      • Can’t wait! Guess I’ll just settle in to enjoy this new series for now, and patiently await the cameos in the meantime.

  3. Just finished Boundary Crossed and loved it. Can’t wait for the next one.

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