29 January 2022

Signature Song Saturday - Awake & Alive by Skillet

 This is the song that made me fall in love with the band Skillet.

If you don't know who Skillet is, it's a rock 'n roll Christian band, with alternating vocals between lead singer John Cooper and drummer Jen Ledger. I've used some of their other songs for plot inspiration, but I'll talk about those when it's time. 

I appreciate music in all forms, more some than others. Now, there is the interpretation by the artist, and then there is my own interpretation. For many of my books, I find songs that speak to me. This song inspired my book "In A Chord".  A chord of music is three or more notes heard simultaneously, and I thought it a perfect title for my ménage book. 

When I heard the violin and Jen Ledger sing her chorus in Awake & Alive, I immediately envisioned this pink haired girl sashay her way across the stage. From that mental picture, I developed the story:

I'm at war with the world and they
Try to pull me into the dark
I struggle to find my faith
As I'm slippin' from your arms

It's getting harder to stay awake
And my strength is fading fast
You breathe into me at last

I'm awake I'm alive
Now I know what I believe inside
Now it's my time
I'll do what I want 'cause this is my life
Here, right here
Right now, right now
Stand my ground and never back down
I know what I believe inside
I'm awake and I'm alive

I'm at war with the world cause I
Ain't never gonna sell my soul
I've already made up my mind
No matter what I can't be bought or sold

When my faith is getting weak
And I feel like giving in
You breathe into me again

Keaton Gates and Ashland Lance are lovers and musicians in a band called Endymion.  Keaton believes there is something missing, not only from the sound of their music, but also in their lives.  When he hears Momo Willows singing Endymion’s signature song, he knows she’s the muse he’s been waiting for.

 At first, Ash Lance is jealous of the new girl in Keaton’s life until he meets her.  Momo is unlike anyone he’s ever met and they soon discover that they connect on many levels.  But he’s reluctant to take her away from Keaton just as Momo refuses to come between them.

 Keaton is quick to assure them he wants all three of them to learn to be in a ménage relationship, but as they learn how to live and love together, another threat is moving between them, threatening to take Momo away….forever.

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