Soundtrack

Hello, dear readers,

So, you’ve found your way here to the soundtrack page, thank you so much for purchasing and for reading Little Eden! I scattered songs throughout the story because I find music very healing in everyday life and its an easy way to lift your spirits on a daily basis. The ones in the book are songs which either cheer me up or remind me that I am not alone, even when it feels like it. We are surrounded by benevolent beings of light, who just happen to be invisible to most people but as Sophie tells Alice, ‘They are just a thought away.’

You’ll have noticed that I have only quoted the lyrics of two songs in the book, this is because getting a license to quote lyrics is an expensive business indeed, due to most of them being owned by international companies.

Due to copyright I have to send you directly to a commerical site and the links are to ITunes, so you’ll need the app.

The links here should work okay, but if you have any trouble using them, you can just go directly to ITunes and search for them yourself.

I hope you enjoy these songs and I really hope that they help you as they have helped me…

Get Happy, Ted Koehler & Harold Arlen, Judy Garland

In Chapter 2, the Little Eden Gospel Choir sing in memory of Lilly, at her funeral. Being a stage and screen star, Lilly sang this song many times in her career and was a huge admirer of Judy Garland. Although this version sounds a little dated now, it is a powerful reminder that death is not the end of our lives, but the transition and the beginning of something exciting, wonderful and eternal.

Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Vocal Works Gospel Choir

Also sung at Lilly’s funeral in Chapter 2, this is a classic gospel song reminds us that death is just a part of eternal life and there is nothing to be afraid of as we pass over because there are angels to take us to the heavenly realms. In Buddhist terms you’d go to the Pure Lands in the after life and you’ll find your way there with the help of the Buddhas!

Your love keeps lifting me, Jackie Wilson

In Chapter 4, this song is being sung in the cafe as Sophie, Lucy, Jack and Robert return from their escapades in the crypt. Although it could be said that this song, and the other’s listed are about earthly love, they can also be interpreted as being about spiritual love, lifting us higher, raising our consciousness and raising our emotional body to the higher vibrations such as joy, compassion and love. If we loved each other as God or Buddha would do, we would all be lifting each other up all the time!

Love Train, Kenny Gamble and Lenny Huff, The O’Jays

Also, in Chapter 4, Ginger is plays this song and everyone sings along at the wake. The lyrics sum up how the residents of Little Eden live…spreading the love…it is considered as an anti-war song, promoting peace between all humans and all nations.

One Love, Bob Marley, Glee Version

Finally, in Chapter 4, the cafe staff sing One Love in memory of Lilly as it was one of her favorite songs, and she used to hum and sing it all the time. This is the Glee version. If you prefer the original Bob Marley then that’s great too but Glee makes me think of star children because it represents self expression, caring for each other and tolerance of the differences between humans as well as those qualities which bind us as one.

Close Every Door To Me, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber

In Chapter 5, Alice sings this haunting song for her new headmistress, Adela Huggins. Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was my favorite album as a child and we used to play the songs on the piano as well.

Tim Rice and the Really Useful Company kindly gave me permission to print his lyrics in the novel. The RUC were extremely helpful, kind and very generous.

Happy Feet, Milton Ager & Jack Yellen, Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Also featuring in Chapter 5, Tambo cheers everyone up by playing Happy Feet on the piano! I couldn’t find a recorded version I really heard in my head, so this one will have to do!

I’m Every Woman, Chaka Khan

In Chapter 10, Adela Huggins goes to sign up at the gym and meets the boys. She is the embodiment of the female energy – nurturing, compassionate, unconditional. Being sexually charged with that female energy, she brings those in contact with her closer to their own divine self.

Lean on Me, Bill Withers, Glee

Mrs B is listening to this song whilst baking in Chapter 12. She misses Lilly terribly.  They always lent on each other for emotional and practical support. Mrs B has the true saints with her, however, and she knows that their support is eternal, even if it is not three dimensional support. Friends and family may have to leave us for many reasons but our divine connection, when nurtured and strengthened by regular use, can always be with us, especially at the worst of times.

If I Can Dream, Walter Earl Brown, Elvis

In Chapter 15, this song helps to break the spell that has been placed on Sophie and Robert, which is making them feel such despair that they both feel like giving up. As a white dove brings the energy of the Holy Spirit to them, they hear these lyrics in their minds…the song is about building a more compassionate and inclusive world and uses words from Martin Luther King, need I say more?!

Disco Inferno, The Trammps

In Chapter 18, the 12th Night party at the chateau is in full swing! I love a bit of disco to clear the cobwebs and shake away the depression!

You’re Not Alone, Meridith Andrews

In Chapter 23, when Alice is alone in the underground tunnels, she hears Lilly singing this comforting song to her. Although a Christian song, I like to think that the lyrics transcend religion and remind us that there are spirits out there who are trying to comfort us during our time on earth.

Thousand Years, Christina Perri

In the final chapter, this song is sung, by the kids band Otherworld, at Lilly’s Memorial Concert. Little Eden may yet exist for a thousand more years…or not…

“>From a Distance, Julie Gold

The novel ends with Julie Gold’s beautiful lyrics. Julie kindly let me quote her divine lyrics and encouraged me to continue writing the novel. This song always makes me smile and cry at the same time. Crying for the suffering humans endure, as well as crying for humanity’s ability to heal, to care and to endure. This song inspires the idea of a benevolent being watching over us and willing us to live compassionately. When God is Love then Love is the only way that will make the world a better place for us all.

Disclaimer: The artists and writers listed have in no way collaborated with me, and I don’t necessarily believe in the lifestyle choices of any of the artists, just as they may not believe in mine.