Theme song

When I was in Kansas for the library conference, the presenters in one of the classes chose theme songs. One lady chose Happy Trails, another lady chose Life is a Highway (and told us to insert the word “information” before the word “Highway”. Another lady chose the song I Will Survive because she’d had to move her library four times in the last year.

It got me thinking about what song I would choose for a theme song. Right now I’m doing revisions, which never makes me happy and is especially hard now because I just waded through revisions for Just One Wish (Or maybe it’s Just One More Wish–I’m not really sure what they changed it to.)It’s also been hard because my editor asked me to make some sweeping changes in this one and to cut out about 100 pages. Why is it that none of my editors seem to grasp my brilliance?

So with that in mind, my theme song of the moment is Love Song by Sara Bareilles. If the technology is working, it should be playing on your computer right now. (How cool is that?) You can sing along, but wherever Sara sings the words “love song” insert the word “novel”. If you are doing revisions it will make you feel much better. In fact, I should start compiling a list of revision songs.

As far as a theme song for my life . . . well that’s harder. Right now I’m leaning toward the song, I Knew You Were Waiting For Me by George Michael and Aretha Franklin. That song got me through some hard times and so I’ll always love it. Although if we’re talking about the song I’d take with me to that desert island which is populated with all those people who got to take only one book with them–then I’d probably take Pachabel’s Cannon in D or Jewel singing Ave Maria. I didn’t even like that song until I heard Jewel singing it and now it’s one of my favorites.

So what is your theme song right now?

. . .Blank stares at Blank pages . . . no easy way to say this . . . your help just hurts . . .


  1. hannah
    April 27, 2008 at 7:16 am

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  2. Joelle
    April 27, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    My agent is reading my revision so my them song right now is Keep the Faith
    You can hear it here:


  3. Nerd Goddess
    April 27, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    My current theme song would probably be “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton, because my boyfriend just moved 1,300 miles away, to Indiana for the summer, and I miss him terribly.

    Also, “Love Song” is amazing. Definetly one of my favorites. 😀

  4. Lillian Syville
    April 27, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Generaly, on days that I have school it’s I had a bad day and on days I don’t have school It’s I’m Walking on Sunshine.

  5. Julie Wright
    April 28, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Hold on the light will come by michael mcclean. Although I’m beginning to wonder if he wrote that song simply to mock me. 🙂 I can’t wait to read your new book!

  6. Heather B. Moore
    April 28, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Don’t you LOVE edits?

    I’m in the same boat as you, Joelle.

    I think “18 Wheeler” by Pink is appropriate 🙂

    “You can push me out the window, I’ll just get back up. You can run me over me with your 18 wheeler, but you can’t keep me down.”

  7. The Golfing Librarian
    April 29, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Like alot us, I think theme songs come and go like the tide, but yesterday I heard a song called “If your library wasn’t made of bricks, I’d have a better signal and I wouldn’t have to yell into my cellphone”. It was sung to me by a woman whose name was “My life is easy, because rules don’t apply to me”. Lovely woman!

  8. Smithy Smith
    April 29, 2008 at 9:14 am

    My theme song today is probably Fall Down by Superchicks. The title doesn’t sound positive, but the song is. I’m felling optimistic today.

  9. Anonymous
    April 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Since I am just weeks from submitting my MS to Covenant, my theme song at the moment is “Dream Big” I can’t remember the artist right now. I have a good feeling about this submission.

  10. Janette Rallison
    April 30, 2008 at 12:24 am

    I’m in Hawaii right now so my theme song for today is a hula song. It is soooo amazing here!

  11. The Golfing Librarian
    April 30, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Hawaii? Well, then today’s theme song here on the mainland will be “It isn’t easy being green (with envy)”. Played on a ukulele, of course!

  12. Pickles like pizza on Christmas
    May 3, 2008 at 10:56 am

    My theme song is Seasons of Love from Rent. I never thought abou themem songs until you mentioned it. Does this make us super heros? 🙂

  13. Janette Rallison
    May 5, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Yes it does! We are super heroes!

  14. Anna Maria Junus
    May 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    You threw me.

    I was listening to Lonestar while reading blogs and then this woman’s voice comes on and I was confused.

    No theme song right now although when i went through my divorce I really liked “Get Out Of My Life” by Shedaisy.

  15. Pickles like pizza on Christmas
    May 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I’m a super hero. i’ll remember that when i get a 64 on my next math assignment.

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