The Music of the Desert

March 19, 2015


An easy way to get into the mood of Something To Die For is to load up everything Queens of the Stone Age and toad the wet sprocket ever did. If you want to get specific, listen to the entirety of QotSA’s Like Clockwork and toad’s High on A Riverbed (from Pale), Hope (From In Light Syrup) and Reincarnation Song (from Dulcinea) and you pretty much have my obsessive playlist that fueled the writing of this story. Throw in a little Civil Twilight’s Letters From the Sky, some One Eskimo’s Amazing*, and a few other random alternative rock and you’ve got a soundtrack of sorts.

*secret time: this song makes me tear up like WHOA. It was one of those “first songs I heard after a tragedy” type thing and it was a poignant song to hear at that moment and three years later I still have to lie and say there’s something in my eye. Damn it.


It’s no secret that I need music to be able to write. Playing Hard To Forget was a crazy combination of folk tales and 80s Dark Wave and Something To Die For was no different in its development.


Josh Tucker, named so for the Joshua Tree that only grows in the Mojave Desert, seems like he has the perfect life when we first meet him. He has a gorgeous husband and two amazing children. He has a great job and a nice home and he’s close with his mother and siblings, all of whom have a similarly great life.


But when is that ever anything like reality, right?


Cracks start to show very early on that things aren’t what they seem. The chaos that Josh descends into is very much the intense cacophony of a Queens of the Stone Age song. The flashes that come through the cracks are loud and confusing and makes him wonder just what is real and what isn’t. Queens’ songs are driving and percussion heavy. They’re fast and come at you from every direction. And in that chaos, in those cracks, there’s truth, and it may be shitty truth, but it’s there and it’s real.

My accomplishment of the YEAR was crawling down there to get this pic while I was wearing TIGHTS and a DRESS and I didn’t get a run.

Adam Davis is a mystery and one that is at the center of all the confusion. Is he telling the truth or is he a product of Josh’s decreasing sanity? That Josh (and by extension, us) doesn’t know if Adam is really there lends him an impish, supernatural quality. He appears and disappears at random and there’s no real way to prove what he’s saying is true. But he’s earnest and seems desperate for Josh to believe what he’s saying and there’s a sincerity in Adam’s tone that makes Josh think twice.

It’s weird to say I modelled these characters after bands’ styles, but, yeah, the impish earnest (for lack of a better term) of a toad the wet sprocket song is pretty much Adam (in the way that toad can be singing about the most depressing subject ever but still do it in a way that sounds almost upbeat and hopeful).


If you do YouTube any of the songs up there, and you like them, throw the artists some cash and buy their stuff.

Listen to the soundtrack here:

Something To Die For

Josh Tucker lives a blessed life—great job, great family, perfect husband, and two wonderful children—but a mysterious man named Adam who haunts his dreams and soon his waking life threatens everything when he stirs doubt as to whether any of it is real. Adam makes Josh question the world he’s taken for granted—as well as the origins of Adam himself.

Even if Adam’s claims are true, Josh has nothing to live for beyond his fabricated life—except the possibility of a real man out there somewhere who can love him. Josh is left with an impossible choice: stay in his delusion where he’s assured some happiness or take a great leap of faith for a chance to make a life with Adam.

Two updates:

1) Just got a great review for Something To Die For:

The characters were very likable, the storyline kept me turning the pages till it was over, and it was something new and fresh to read. I really enjoyed it. 

It’s About The Book reviews–4.5 Stars

and 2) I now have my youngest kid doing the cookies because he’s bored and needs something to do. He took a year of culinary last year in 6th grade, so I think he can do them justice?

21 Responses to “The Music of the Desert”

  1. Angela says:

    It’s great to see that music is such an inspiration to people. I don’t know the bands you mentioned but i will look them up at You Tube.

  2. H.B. says:

    I like that you found inspiration in music. I haven’t heard of these bands before and will have to check them out.

  3. Milica says:

    Half of the playlist is not available in my country *shakes head regretfully*…

    Go with the flow by QOTSA is excellent choice…

  4. Piperdoone says:

    The playlist I posted is a good start.

  5. Piperdoone says:

    I posted the whole playlist to give people a good start if they wanted to check out the bands. Some of it is really mellow and some is super intense. It’s a good mix, I think.

  6. Piperdoone says:

    I HATE YouTube for that shit. Maybe YouTube them on your end and see if any of them have videos you CAN watch. Where are you? I think maybe only a small handful of the artists are American and the rest are from the UK, Australia, and South Africa.

  7. Milica says:

    Those are probably official channels or something like that,but I have no problem with regular channels…I’m from Serbia,by the way…And no,you probably didn’t hear for that country before. Oh,wait! Novak Djokovic (number 1 on ATP list is from here…

  8. Milica says:

    But we are most proud on Nikola Tesla :)

  9. Piperdoone says:

    Oh, I know Serbia! Your news makes it over here a lot.

  10. Piperdoone says:

    For good reason!

  11. Milica says:

    Oh,God…it’s nothing good,right? Really,it isn’t that bad here…

  12. Milica says:

    I didn’t see your comment when I was typing mine :) …well,that’s new and great! And where do you live? Canada?

  13. Piperdoone says:

    I tend to tune out the social commentary of 24 hour news channels.

  14. Piperdoone says:

    Miami. So I do know what it’s like to have your home be reduced to talking points, memes, and the butt of jokes.

  15. Milica says:

    Oh,sorry,I just assumed it was Canada (probably because you mentioned their indie music)…I don’t live in USA (nor have I ever been there) so I don’t know nothing about that,but jokes or no jokes,Miami sounds to most of people like pure heaven…not for me though, I’m more of a winter person.

  16. Piperdoone says:

    we’re a Scotch-French-Canadian household stuck in Miami. And Florida is the butt of many, many jokes

  17. Milica says:

    :) You truly are an interesting blend…

  18. Piperdoone says:

    Like coffee…but cheaper.

  19. JJ says:

    You and your kids have such creative genes, with your son having taken a culinary class in 6th grade and your daughter having artistic skills.

  20. Piperdoone says:

    They don’t look like me at all, so I gotta get myself in there somehow!

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