NEW Season of the Serpent: A Study Guide

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THE MUSIC

Music played such a vital role in Season of the Serpent. From the mid 70s to the early 80s some pretty amazing rock n' roll was produced: progressive, art-rock, heavy metal, early punk and electronic, rivaling the creative explosion of the 1960s. The lyrics often defied a simple narrative interpretation. They were abstract, slightly paranoid, otherworldly, and very often metaphysical. Interrupted by long instrumentals, this music was a sensory carnival for the ears, usually best enjoyed ... stoned. So many songs from the era collectively inspired this story that they almost form a natural soundtrack.

Originally, I wanted to open each act of the book with select lyrics from a particular song. Unfortunately, the headache and expense of securing the rights to use all those lyrics was simply too much to deal with. A shared playlist seems like a much better idea any way.

For Book One, I narrowed the list down to 19 songs. If you listen carefully, these songs will narrate Paul's journey, from the innocent optimism of "The Voice" when he first arrives on campus, to his complex friendship with Eric in "Tom Sawyer." The final song, "Suddenly Last Summer" by The Motels, sums up Paul's emotional journey by the end of Book One, the summer of 1983.

For Book Two, I selected 20 songs, breaking my own rule - picking songs exclusively from the musical era of the novel. I included two current hits, which seemed particularly appropriate. The first - a cover of Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Kendra Morris. The second - "Seven Devils" by Florence + The Machine, for reasons which will become obvious to the reader. I also selected several songs from later in the 80's to express a particular theme of the plot. You may wish to pay particular attention to the lyrics of the last song, "Keep It Dark," by Genesis.


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SEASON OF THE SERPENT: BOOK ONE


1. The Voice
2. Tom Sawyer
3. Heat of the Moment
4. Synchronicity I
5. Sunglasses at Night
6. Every Breath You Take
7. Electric Eye
8. Twilight Zone
9. Prologue
10. Twilight
11. Shadows of the Night
12. Fame
13. Xanadu (Definitive Mix)
14. Welcome to the Pleasuredome
15. Money
16. New World Man
17. Wrapped Around Your Finger
18. It Can Happen
19. Suddenly Last Summer
Long Distance Voyager
Moving Pictures
Asia
Synchronicity
First Offense
Synchronicity
Screaming for Vengeance
Cut
Time
Time
Get Nervous
Young Americans
Xanadu (The Remixes)
Twelve Inches
Dark Side of the Moon
Signals
Synchronicity
90125
Little Robbers
The Moody Blues
Rush
Asia
The Police
Corey Hart
The Police
Judas Priest
Golden Earring
Electric Light Orchestra
Electric Light Orchestra
Pat Benatar
David Bowie
The Olivia Project
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Pink Floyd
Rush
The Police
Yes
The Motels

SEASON OF THE SERPENT: BOOK TWO


1. Frontiers
2. Hero Takes A Fall
3. Masquerade
4. Seven Devils
5. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
6. King of Pain
7. Shine On You Crazy Diamond
8. Don't Give Up
9. Running Up That Hill
10. If Anyone Falls
11. We Don't Need Another Hero
12. Land of Confusion
13. Fight Fire With Fire
14. Games Without Frontiers
15. Sole Survior
16. The Weapon
17. Hold On
18. My Own Time
19. We Belong
20. Keep It Dark
Frontiers
All Over the Place
Pleasure Victim
Ceremonials
Sweet Dreams
Synchronicity
Dark Side of the Moon
So
Hounds of Love
The Wild Heart
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Invisible Touch
Drastic Measures
Peter Gabriel/Melt
Asia
Signals
90125
Alpha
Tropico
Abacab
Journey
Bangles
Berlin
Florence + The Machine
Eurythmics
The Police
Pink Floyd/Kendra Morris
Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush
Kate Bush
Stevie Nicks
Tina Turner
Genesis
Kansas
Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush
Asia
Rush
Yes
Asia
Pat Benatar
Genesis

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Of course, Eric selected the music, the second most important ingredient. He placed the vinyl on the turntable, his absolute favorite band, their name alone advertised the chemical association ... Rush. The signature album was Signals. This style of heady album rock featured long ascending instrumentals perfectly customized for mind-expanding field trips. As soon as the needle touched the groove of the first track, Paul’s voyage to absurdity lifted off.
Season of the Serpent: Book One




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