Trailer music! Acoustic stuff! Christian rock! It’s time for Hunter‘s playlist.
Globus – “Diem Ex Dei”
Ignoring the junk Latin lyrics for a moment, this is the song I most associate with Ryann, my demon-hunting nun. The slow build, the almost plaintive quality to it: I picture Ryann drawing her katana, light glimmering on its edge, a silver cross at her throat, the determined look in her eyes as she goes to battle.
Kim Richey – “A Place Called Home”
Although lyrically it doesn’t immediately conjure up Ryann, the sense of not entirely knowing where you belong or where to call home is very much her.
Some day I’ll go where there ain’t no rain or snow//Till then I’ll travel alone//And I’ll make my bed with the stars above my head//And dream of a place called home
India.Arie – “I Am Ready for Love”
This was always my Ryann/Ellie theme. Their relationship has a slower build and an odd dance; both doubt they’re right for one another, pining from afar.
I am ready for love//If you’ll take me in your hands//I will learn what you teach//And do the best that I can
Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
This is Ellie’s theme. He’s a very troubled psychic, someone who can see through the eyes of victims of violent crimes as well as killers. He drinks a lot to be able to cope otherwise he runs the risk of paralyzing seizures and severe mental trauma. So he tends toward very relaxing music and this always makes me think of him.
Barlow Girl – “Never Alone“
Ryann makes me listen to Christian rock a lot. I’m an atheist, so that’s hard on me, but I’m okay with this one.
I cried out with no reply//And I can’t feel You by my side//So I’ll hold tight to what I know//You’re here and I’m never alone
Dayna Manning – “Miracle”
Theme for the end of Hunter
I got no shame to save or lose//for now there’s no wrong and there’s no right//and I don’t give a damn what tomorrow may bring//’cause I’m working on a miracle tonight
Chantal Kreviazuk – “Feels Like Home“
It was around this book I started titling the epilogues after the songs I listened to while writing them. This is Hunter‘s.
And I can almost see, through the dark there is light