Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Music Behind The Mortal Instruments & Infernal Devices

Happy Cassandra Clare Week! My dear friend Ginger from GReads! is stopping by to share her love of Cassandra Clare AND her love of music as an extension of her weekly Tune In Tuesday feature. Thanks, G! — Anna

Ever read a book and instantly a song comes to mind during a certain scene? Or perhaps you're wondering, "What music was this author listening to when she wrote this particular chapter?" Well, here are a few songs that the ever-so-amazing Cassandra Clare just happened to be jamming out to while she was writing about those crazy Shadowhunters.

Enjoy the songs that inspired her to create this magnificent world that we keep coming back to time & time again. Also, be sure to CLICK HERE to enter a giveaway for a chance to win your very own Cassandra Clare–inspired soundtrack! :-)

"Demons" by Guster
"I Know I Know I Know" by Tegan and Sara
"I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie
"Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane
"Do You Realize?" by Flaming Lips
"Hometown Glory" by Adele
"An End Has a Start" by Editors
"Closer" Joshua Radin
"If My Heart Was a House" by Owl City
"Sweet and Low" by Augustana
"Angels on the Moon" by Thriving Ivory
"Parachute" by Ingrid Michaelson

Adele's "Hometown Glory"
Cassandra Clare says... "I like songs that evoke an urban atmosphere. And I felt like the lines about worlds colliding in a city fit with all the urban destruction in City of Glass."

Joshua Radin's "Closer"
Cassandra Clare says... "This song is about the classic "Hedgehog's Dilemma" — the closer you get to someone, the more they can hurt you. Intimacy isn't possible without pain."

Owl City's "If My Heart Was a House"
Cassandra Clare says... "This is just a very sweet love song. It makes me think of Clary and Jace, especially because so much of it is about risk. And of course for Jace opening up to anyone is a risk. "Risk it all 'cause I'll catch you if you fall" — makes me think of the chapter "Fear of Falling." - from City of Fallen Angels

Augustana's "Sweet and Low"
Cassandra Clare says... "This one is for Simon. He's under all these incredible pressures in this book and to me this song is about holding up under pressure by holding on to faith in the people who love you." - from City of Fallen Angels

Thriving Ivory's "Angels on the Moon"
Cassandra Clare says... "It's criminal that this didn't make it onto the City of Glass soundtrack, but I think by the time I heard it it was too late. It's just too perfect! I like to think of the Shadowhunters as the angels of New York."


  1. Happy CC week!

    Great songs, the soundtrack looks awesome! I like all of these but the last one... Adele is my girl!

  2. I love what CC has to say about each song. It makes them so personal. :) Great post!!

  3. Yay music!! Thanks for letting me guest post today, Anna :-) I hope others enjoy this one I put together & not think I'm a total music nerd, haha.

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Downloading all the ones I don't already have from iTunes!

  5. What you said about reading a book and a song comes to mind..? When I was reading the Mortal Instruments I kept thinking of this song for Clary and Jace: "I Can't Stay Away" by The Veronicas. The lyrics talk about being conflicted and being addicted to a person and knowing that it's wrong to want to be with them (like with Clary and Jace) but still just being UNABLE TO STAY AWAY FROM THEM!

  6. I LOVE being introduced to new music! It's also pretty awesome to see what authors listen to while they are writing :)

  7. I can't believe it's already here! Yay! :) And I kind of want to have this playing while rereading the series!

  8. Ahh, Joshua Radin! I adore his music. :)

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