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Tune In Tuesday Cover Edition

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Hello everyone! I hope your Monday treated you well and that your Tuesday is off to an awesome start. This post concludes the special Cover Edition of Tune In Tuesday. I have had an absolute BLAST seeing everyone’s covers and I hope you have enjoyed it as well. And just so we’re clear, the month of October will be another “normal” month for us Tune-In-Tuesday-Ers! I’ve got quite a big post for you guys today because, quite honestly, I couldn’t narrow down the list. I hope you enjoy!

Dead And Gone by Cute Is What We Aim For (Original by T.I. and Justin Timberlake)

If you haven’t yet, you NEED to listen to at least one of the “Punk Goes…” albums. My personal favorite is Punk Goes Classic Rock but the Punk Goes Pop (where this song comes from) is close second. The original got way overplayed on the radio when it first came out but I love this cover of it.

Caught Up In You by We The Kings (Original by .38 Special)

You had to have known I would throw in a We The Kings song. They have done a few covers, The Middle being another favorite, but I just love how fun and upbeat this one is!

You’re The One That I Want by Angus & Julia Stone (Original by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John)

I love, love, freaking LOVE this version of the song. It is so hauntingly beautiful and totally different from the original.

The One That Got Away by Tiffany Alvord and Chester See (Original by Katy Perry)

Both Tiffany and Chester are amazing artists I found on YouTube. I liked Katy’s version of this song but I really like this version a lot more mostly due to the fact that they slowed it down a lot.

Let Her Go by Tyler Ward (Original by Passenger)

Tyler Ward is another artist I found on YouTube who does some fantastic covers. This particular one is a favorite although it really is hard to narrow it down because I sort of love them all hardcore. He really didn’t change this one up a whole lot from the original and I think that’s what I like most about it.

Ring Of Fire by Lennon and Maisy (Original by Johnny Cash)

Every time I hear these two perform, I am blown away by their natural talent. I could listen to them sing the phone book and I would be entertained for hours and hours but you know what, I think I will stick with a Johnny Cash classic in the meantime.

Bette Davis Eyes by Taylor Swift (Original by Kim Carnes)

Nothing can beat the orignal of this one but I must say, I really enjoy Taylor’s cover of it. Her voice is totally different from Kim’s so it makes for a really interesting cover.

Ho Hey by Boyce Avenue (Original by The Lumineers)

This couldn’t even be called cover edition if I didn’t feature the kings of it, Boyce Avenue. Every cover, and yes, I do mean EVERY. SINGLE. COVER. by them is simply amazing. This guy has some truly amazing skills.

Your Love by Fay Wolf (Original by The Outfield)

This will go down in history as my all-time, absolute FAVORITE cover. EVER. I love the original something fierce; it’s one of those songs I can listen to over and over again but there is just something about this cover that I love just a teensy bit more. Hope you enjoy!


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Tune In Tuesday Summertime Edition

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

We’ve made it to the last Tuesday of Summertime Edition. I hope you have all had as much fun with this as I did. For this week’s post, I went a little overboard with the summerish songs but I just couldn’t decide (shocking, I know). I have my final list of random (but awesome) songs that get me in the summer mood and you can also find the complete playlist of ALL of my Summertime Edition songs at the very bottom. Hope you like!

Cosmic Love by Florence + The Machine

This song is so sway-y. Sway-yness reminds me of summertime in a weird sort of way.

Feathers by Jack and White

Every time I hear this song, I automatically think summer. Everything from the lyrics to the feel of it make me want to lounge around in the sunshine.

Kids by MGMT

MGMT has such fun music. I think this song is perfect for those summer nights spent with your friends getting into crazy shenanigans.

Drunk On You by Luke Bryan

It doesn’t have to be summertime for me to enjoy some Luke Bryan but there is just something about his music that fits in so well with summer.

I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

The song and music video make this one a pretty obvious choice. Even after hearing it a million times, it brings a smile to my face.

Dancing In The Moonlight by Toploader

This is such a fun song! I don’t anticipate myself dancing in the moonlight any time soon but shall the urge appear, I can almost guarantee it would be in summer!

Here (In Your Arms) by Hellogoodbye

Back when I was in high school, this was THE song one summer. I still love it and the video still rocks my socks off!

Friday Is Forever by We The Kings

We The Kings have a lot of songs that could easily fit in any of my summertime playlists but there is just something about this particular one that shouts FUN & SUN!

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Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Hey there everyone! I hope your Memorial Day weekend treated you well! I cannot believe it is already the last Tuesday in May. Where did the month go?!? Before I get started on today’s post let me first introduce what the theme will be for June’s Tune In Tuesday!

I figured since summer should be beginning for most of us here shortly (Michigan is still not sure what it wants to be but I am hoping that by next week, we will finally have some decent weather!). With that being said, I thought that we should have a Summertime Edition! You can pick songs that are about summer, remind you of summer, or are part of some of your pool/beach-side playlists. Whatever the case may be, be ready to share some summer-induced tunes! Of course, like every other month, this is by no means required but I sure think it’d be super fun if you joined in :)

Tune In Tuesday Summertime Edition

And now, for today’s Tune In Tuesday! As some of you may know, BEA is quickly approaching. And by quickly approaching, I mean that I leave for New York tomorrow and have yet to pack. I have about a million and one things to do but I am so freaking excited for all the book nerd awesomeness that’s about to go down in NYC that I just don’t even care about all the extra stress I am putting myself through. For today’s post I picked some New York inspired songs to help get me in the packing/traveling mood! I hope you guys all enjoy!

New York City by Among Savages

New York by Blind Pilot

New York by The Boxer Rebellion

Moving To New York by The Wombats

The Secret To New York by We The Kings

Tune In Tuesday (93)

Tune In Tuesday Love Song Edition Button

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

I cannot believe it is already the last Tuesday of February thus ending our Love Song Edition of Tune In Tuesday! I have LOVED seeing everyone’s love song choices! Next week will start off our normal month of Tune In Tuesday but keep your eyes peeled for an announcement regarding Tune In Tuesday’s special edition for April (I’ll have that up within the next couple weeks)! I tried to narrow this week’s tunes down to five like all my previous posts but that was far too impossible (there are just SO MANY love songs out there!) So please be patient with me because I have LOTS of love songs to share!

Only Place I Call Home by Every Avenue

I can’t tell if this is supposed to be a break up song or an “I screwed up and this is goodbye for now but I still love you” song. Regardless, I love the idea of someone being your home <3

Just Like Heaven by The Cure

The Cure has a special way of making my bad moods incredibly better. This song is among one of my favorites by them; it is cute, it has a super fun beat, and it is just simply sweet!

Oath by Cher Lloyd featuring Becky G

As much as I adore all of these love songs, they also make me slightly depressed because I have no real relationships to relate them too (I do have plenty of bookish relationships though!) However, this is a love song to a best friend and that is most certainly something I can relate to!

Shady Lady by Oaklynn

Is this not one of the catchiest songs you’ve ever heard? It makes me grin like no other and I just want to dance around every time I hear it. I am a recent fan of Oaklynn but I love what I’ve heard so far!

Heart On Fire by Scars On 45

Goodness gracious, I could listen to this song ALL DAY LONG!

Because Of You by Sequoyah Prep School

I know this isn’t the best quality video but the song is full of awesome, I promise!

Promise The Stars by We The Kings

You guys didn’t seriously think I would miss out on an opportunity to share a We The Kings song did you???

Everywhere Everything by This Century

I love this song, that is all <3

Dead Sea by The Lumineers

I know, I cheated by having 2 Lumineer songs this month! This song is just too wonderful for words so I HAD to include it. Every line is beautiful and speaks of some wonderful love. “You’ll never sink when you are with me”…perfection!

Make You Feel My Love by Adele

One of my all-time favorite love songs. Adele’s version is simply amazing!

Well that is a wrap on Love Song Edition! I hope you all enjoyed it <3

Author Interview + Book Playlist: In The Band by Jean Haus

In The Band

Title: In The Band

Author: Jean Haus

When family problems push Riley Middleton into giving up a percussion scholarship in another state and attending college from home, her friends push her to try out for a local rock band. Of course, Riley makes the band. She rules at the drums.

Riley soon finds out rock bands have a different dynamic than marching bands, especially when each of her male band mates has a major ego and is a major player. Two of them relentlessly flirt with her. The other—a dark, sexy rock god she can’t help being attracted to— is a total jerk and pushes her to quit. She becomes determined to ignore his rudeness and his hotness. Even if she was interested in jerks, a hook up would probably get her booted out of the ego-ridden band, and playing keeps her sane. Behind the drums, the world and its troubles evaporate.

If she wants to stay in the band, Riley needs to ignore the growing sparks between her and her band enemy. But as she gets to know the man behind the stage persona, ignoring him proves to be more difficult than flowing through a time sig shift.

I recently read and reviewed In The Band by Jean Haus, and let me tell you, I LOVED that book! It was raw & real, it had sad parts as well as the swoony parts, AND it included music (plus a hot guy or two); basically, you just couldn’t go wrong! When Jean mentioned an interview/book playlist, I jumped at the chance. I just couldn’t wait to find out more about her, her book, her characters, and the music! Check out what Jean has to say below and of course feel free to check out my review for In The Band right here!

The main character, Riley, goes through so much throughout the entire story. What was the inspiration for her story?

I never realized this until I read your question, but I suppose her issues were inspired by real life. Over the last several years, I’ve witnessed several divorces. Unfortunately, real people helped create Riley’s parents. And more unfortunately, I’ve seen too many kids have to deal with parents too wrapped up in themselves. I’m not saying every parent deals with divorce poorly, but I’ve seen too many that do.

Romeo is certainly one character that stood out to me. Despite the fact that he is oh so dreamy, he is also a very complex person. He has his struggles, the skeletons of his past, ect. I am dying to know, how did he come to be?

While I was beginning to outline the story, the school I work at had a presentation about suicide, which of course was heartbreaking. Without a doubt, that presentation inspired Romeo. I wrote the first two chapters soon after, but I didn’t come back to the story until months later. During that time, his character grew in my head. I like male romance leads that are strong yet vulnerable. So while puzzling him together, I thought of ways to even out his self-esteem issues—which are deep due to his past—and immaturity with some maturity(like his view of sex) and his dedication to music.

Riley has a huge passion for drumming. Was this a shared passion between you and her? If so, how long have you been playing for & what is your favorite part of drumming? If not, how did you research drumming? Because the details, the feelings she felt, EVERYTHING made it seem as though you really knew what you were talking about!

I did play piano years ago, but have only messed around on the drums a few times. So I did do a lot of research about drumming and I had some help, especially with the tryout scene. I posted for beta readers on a writing forum for help with that particular scene. Three musicians answered and each told me what I expected, the scene read like someone who researched drumming. They all helped me whip that scene into shape, and I will be forever thankful. As far as the ‘concert’ scenes, I just listened to each song over and over while I wrote it, describing what I heard from the perspective of the drums. I’ve also been to a number of concerts, so that helped too.

Obviously music plays such a large role in this book. Has it been a big part of your writing? If so, can you please elaborate?

Strangely, until In the Band I never listened to music while writing. I found it distracting. Now I listen to music all the time while writing. But from the start, I decided that if the story was about a band, I wasn’t going to shy away from writing about music or performing.

This book brought out so many emotions in me. There were the swoony moments, the moments where I wanted to punch certain people in the face, and moments that really sort of broke my heart. How were you able to switch back and forth between writing the gushy stuff to the tougher stuff?

Huh? That’s very perceptive. I’ve never thought about switching like that. When I write, each scene has a goal or several goals. I suppose I use the goal to dictate my writing and the atmosphere. So I don’t think of it as switching, rather more as sticking to what’s going on at the particular moment in the story.

A lot of real songs, bands, and musicians were mentioned in this book with everything from We The Kings to The All-American Rejects, and even Mumford & Sons (you get an A+ for including lots of songs/groups I ADORE!) so I must ask, how did you pick which ones to mention? Where these all songs/bands you listen to?

I like every song listed or referred to in the book, but they don’t all regularly show up in my listening list. I kind of went with the idea that Romeo would be eclectic in his choices rather than finicky. As a businessman, he’d choose things he’d thought that would work well live. So I went with things I thought would pump up a crowd. That was usually how I decided on a song. But certain songs, like Remember Everything went with the plot. I imagined Romeo picking that song for sentimental reasons along with the big song at the end. When I ran into I Will Wait, I did a happy dance. Not only did it fit the scene perfectly, I fell in love with that song, which I don’t think was officially out yet.

Now I am dying to know about Luminescent Juliet, the band in which Romeo & Riley play in. First, if you could compare them to any REAL band (sound wise), who would it be? Second, how did you come up with their band name?

The real band thing is a hard one because Luminescent Juliet played (still are in my next book:) a lot of covers. But since they like punk like Green Day and Chemical Romance along with Romeo’s folk influence, I Goggled Folk Punk and the first band labeled with that mix was the Violent Femmes (you can listen to them on Spotify here!), and you know what? I can totally see that. Well if we’re not considering age or anything. But I love, love the Femmes first album.

As far as the band name…

Naming people or things can make me crazy, and take forever. So after deciding the band would have Juliet in it because of Romeo, I found a band name generator on-line. When I put in Juliet, the best choice it came up with was Luminescent Juliet. To save time and brain cells I just went with it.

Now I don’t normally ask authors to put a real face to their fictional characters, but Romeo and Riley seemed so real to me. Who would you have play them if say, In The Band were to be made into a movie?

This one was so hard. Well at least Riley was. I write so much, I rarely watch TV or movies, but after searching forever, I think I’ve found the perfect Riley.

Drum Roll…

Hannah Marks it is. She’s cute enough and short enough and just the right age.

Cute Riley

Hannah Marks

Stage Riley

Hannah Marks 2

As far as Romeo, from the start I used a couple of pictures (the second one especially) of Eugen Bauder for my inspiration, so I’m sticking to him. According to Wikipedia (I know so reliable), this hot model is trying to break into acting. Not sure he can do an American accent, but I don’t care!


Eugen Bauder

Double Swoon

Eugen Bauder 2

Book Playlist:

Jean has compiled a playlist for In The Band that includes a short description on why she chose it. You can check out the Spotify playlist below but I’ve also added the YouTube videos for you to watch. Enjoy!

Teenagers by My Chemical Romance

Energetic, great for an opening.

Gamma Ray by Beck

Funky and different. A bit like the band.

Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones

Awesome classic song that would sound great live.

Check Yes Juliet by We The Kings

Um… it has the name Juliet in it, and its cute.

Remember Everything by Five Finger Death Punch

Romeo would feel a connection to this song and he plays it acoustic. You can’t go wrong with acoustic.

Dirty Little Secret by The All-American Rejects

Well, it fit the scene perfectly, and showed Romeo’s immaturity.

Bullet In My Hand by Redlight King

Energetic, lots of dynamic shifts in music, would sound great live.

Helter Skelter by The Beatles

Classic rock song that’s loud and in your face. Great for a Halloween show.

Sweet Sour by Band of Skulls

Funky and different. A little punk. And I wanted to include some ‘unknown’ stuff.

Holiday by Green Day

Fit New Year’s Eve. It’s loud and energetic and I love Green Day.

Sabotage by Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys were getting into this book no matter what.

I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons

Fit the scene so perfectly, I almost fell out of my computer chair when I heard it.

A HUGE thank you to Jean for taking the time to put this together for me!! I loved her answers to my questions as well as the playlist, to absolute pieces. I hope you guys enjoyed!

Tune In Tuesday (80) Birthday Edition!

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Does anyone know what today is? It’s November 27th! To most of you this day is just any other Tuesday but for me it is something way more! Today is the eve of my birthday and not just any birthday, it’s the eve of my 20th birthday!!!! Now don’t let my overuse of exclamation points fool you, I am actually quite sad I will no longer be a teenager :( Regardless I am also a bit excited to be a sort-of grownup. I say sort-of because I, in no way, shape, or form, plan on acting too adult-ish. I mean a girl’s still got to have fun, right?

So in honor of the super awesome times I had as a teenager and the many more awesome times I will have as a sort-of adult, here’s some of the music that helped make me who I am today!

p.s. Considering these are all songs I love (hardcore) they may or may not have been featured on a Tune In Tuesday post before. If this is in fact the 4th or 5th time you’ve seen the same song featured on my blog, I apologize. It won’t (okay…it probably will) happen again!

Yeah by Usher

It is no secret that Kati is my very best friend. When we were both embarrassingly awkward little girls in the 6th grade, we bonded over the fantasy that we would one day grow up and marry Usher. I can honestly remember each of us having our own CD players and pressing play at the very same time so we could sing his songs together! Also, our dance moves to this song? Nothing else compares.

Mr. Brightside by The Killers

Throughout 99% of my childhood, my sister and I did not agree on anything. However, when The Killers came along with this little doozy of a song, we couldn’t help but agree that we were in love with not only the song but the band as well!

We Are Young by 3OH!3

My friends and I were considered a little off for loving the heck out of this band in high school but we didn’t care. Whenever I think about all the awesome summers we’ve spent together, 3OH!3 is always a constant factor.

Fearless by Taylor Swift

If you know me at all, you know that I have a deep love and respect for this girl. Say what you will about her methods of revenge (which are kick-butt methods if you ask me) or just how good her voice even is (I happen to think it’s all sorts of awesome!) there is one thing you cannot deny and that is that she knows how to connect. Throughout those high school days spent doing all sorts of things that made me an utter nerd, her music was there for me, helping me along one awkward moment at a time.

Check Yes Juliet by We The Kings

LOVE THIS BAND! So many good times at their concerts, on the way to their concerts, singing in the car and reminiscing about their concerts <3 My sister, my best friend, and I have had so many fun memories involving We The Kings! And I’m sure there will be more to come, like when Travis and I get married (kidding…sort of)!

Hold On by Wilson Phillips

Kati and I singing this song over and over and over and over again in the car while pretending to play the drums on one of our many road trips….now that’s one teen habit that is so totally moving on to adult-ishhood!

Well there’s a glimpse at only a little sliver of the music I love and adored throughout my formative years! Be sure to leave a comment letting me know what your favorite songs as a teen were/are and link up your Tune In Tuesday post by clicking the cute, little button below!

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Tune In Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Ginger @ GReads so you should head on over and link up! It is a great way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what others are listening to! I love music but there is so much out there that I haven’t heard of before. That being said, feel free to leave a link to your Tune-In Tuesday post!

For the whole month of May, Tune In Tuesday is Random Playlist Edition! All you need to do is open up your music library whether it be Amazon Player, Zune, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, etc. Once you have it open, hit random and let it do the picking! I have had so much fun with this edition of Tune In Tuesday! For the last one I am going all out with FIVE picks from both iTunes and Spotify!!! I hope you guys enjoy!


Passenger Seat by The Summer Set

This is my very favorite song from The Summer Set, it’s even been my ringtone for nearly 2 years now.

Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne

When I hear this song I think back to middle school. It was so freaking popular!

End Tapes by The Joy Formidable

I love The Joy Formidable! The Breaking Dawn soundtrack wouldn’t be the same without them!

I Don’t Want To Wait by Paula Cole

Can anyone say Dawson’s Creek? I miss the days when reruns of this show would play twice a day every week!

Get To You by Paradise Fears

I love these guys, I love their music <3


All My Days by Alexi Murdoch

If you haven’t watched Real Steel yet, do yourself a favor and do so RIGHT NOW! This song plays at the very beginning and I was instantly a fan.

Further From You by William Fitzsimmons

His voice, it melts my heart.

Favorite Fix by Artist vs Poet

Another band I can’t help but love!

Crazier by Taylor Swift

You guys all know I am a huge fan of Taylor Swift, well now you also know I am a bit of a fan of Hannah Montana. Do not judge, it was a super cute movie!

Promise The Stars by We The Kings

No better way to end Tune In Tuesday Random Playlist Edition than with We The Kings!