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One of the fun things to check out on my website is the playlists for each of my books: the music I listened to “to get in the mood.” On my computer, music isn’t categorized by country, Top 40, ’80s and the like, but by happy, sad, suspense, scary and action. Red Hill is set in the Midwest with some country characters, but I wanted the playlist to appeal to readers who might not care for country music, so I added in upbeat music that included a lot of guitar without the twang. The only exception is Skeeter McGee’s entrance song, Copperhead Road by Steve Earle, because, quite frankly, no other song would fit him. I listened to I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons when writing about Scarlet sprinting through town to try to reach her daughters. It has an anxious but hopeful undertone that I wanted to bring into the writing. Islands by Young the Giant was perfect for the long days Scarlet spent alone waiting for someone anyone to arrive at the ranch. Into the Mystic by Van Morrison is a song that sounded close enough to country without being country, and it reflects the sweet moments between Nathan and Scarlet. Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars. Their song “The One That Got Away” is on Jamie McGuire’s playlist for her new novel, “Red Hill.” (Photo: Tec Petaja) I added some newer tracks toward the end that I am really excited about, such as Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey. The melody is so haunting, the lyrics and Lana’s voice so full of emotion and grief, that the listener has no choice but to be pulled into the music. And The One That Got Away by The Civil Wars evokes the underlying anger that Miranda suffers when the group experiences a loss. I prefer to end my playlists the same way I end my novels: on an upbeat note. So the Red Hill playlist ends with Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips. It’s a savory yet sweet tune about loving someone even past their last day, because loving someone like you might lose them tomorrow is the best way to love.

Sinead O’Connor blasts Simon Cowell for ‘murder of music’; Annie Lennox slams music video ‘pornography’

icons took jabs at the music industry, petty judges on singing reality competitions and the hypersexualized music videos bombarding audiences today. By Chiderah Monde / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, October 6, 2013, 12:22 PM Comment Sinead O’Connor name-checked Simon Cowell as a murderer of music in a new interview, following her Miley Cyrus open letter rants. After Sinead O’Connor ripped Miley Cyrus and the music industry for promoting “prostitution,” the Irish singer got even more specific with the name droppingrailing music executives like Simon Cowell for their hand in what she considers the “murder” of music. “I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll,” O’Connor, 47, said in an interview with Ireland’s “Late Late Show,” according to E! News. RELATED: SINEAD O’CONNOR FIRES BACK AT MILEY CYRUS AGAIN “Because of Simon Cowell, (and others, like TV music judge) Louis Walsh. It all amounts to the murder of music.” The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer caused a stir after posting an open letter to Cyrus , 20, on her website, cautioning her not to become a “prostitute” of the music industry. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images British singer Annie Lennox also slammed new music videos from young female singers as pornography. In the lengthy post Thursday, O’Connor said Cyrus was perpetuating a sexist system in which music execs make money off of talented, but hyper-sexualized women. The motherly gesture wasn’t well received by the “We Can’t Stop” singer, thus igniting a back-and-forth between the two that O’Connor said is now “over.” RELATED: SINEAD OCONNOR TO MILEY CYRUS: DON’T LET THEM ‘PROSTITUTE’ YOU “There’s a certain alarm that needs to be rung and I know there are a lot of musicians around the country and around the world that will agree,” she continued in the TV interview. “The power of rock ‘n’ roll to change things, to move people, is being murdered by all this worship of fame, ‘Pop Idol,’ ‘X Factor,’ all this stuff.” RELATED: MILEY CYRUS HOSTS AND PERFORMS ON SNL The ‘No More I Love You’s’ singer didn’t name Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears in her Facebook rant, but alluded to their raunchy new videos as ‘new lows.’ Similarly, musician Annie Lennox appeared to second O’Connor’s concerns, speaking out against the “pornographic” music videos from female singers bombarding the Internet and television in a lengthy Facebook post. Without naming Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spearswhose recently released music videos have warranted backlash for their racinessLennox, 58, wrote that she is “disturbed and dismayed” at the overt sexuality. RELATED: RIHANNA TWERKS, SWINGS AROUND STRIPPER POLE IN POUR IT UP MUSIC VIDEO “You know the ones I’m talking about,” she wrote. “It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment. As if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough.” “It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low,” she added .