06 November 2013

Love songs, Sawyer Brown and Essenced with Connie Smith

Sometimes a song just sums things up perfectly. Most likely, you know the feeling. You’re listening to a new song (or a new one for you – if you’re like me, it could be years past the moment), and as one lyric bleeds into another, you find yourself going, “Yeah! That!” Of course, if you’re alone in your car, you should probably keep that kind of declaration inside your head, or people in surrounding cars might think you’re nuts, but still.

I went to a concert a couple months ago with my best friend, who happens to be the lady letting me be on her blog for this post (hi, bffffffffffffffffffff!!!!!!!!!). We went to see Sawyer Brown. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re a country band whose lead singer was my first soul mate. If you’re curious, my current soul mate is the bassist for Hinder. Things change. Anyway. Mark Miller (lead singer of Sawyer Brown/my first soul mate) gave a bit of an intro for a song they were about to play, how his wife of however many years had been wanting him to write a romantic song for her. So he caved, and we had the privilege of hearing it. It was a real tear-jerker called “Smokin’ Hot Wife.”

I bring this up because, on occasion, those moments when songs just seem to summarize what you’re feeling might not actually be the most elegant, sweet, or emotional. Sometimes they’re just honest. He was thankful for his smokin’ hot wife, and he wrote a song about it, one that probably had his wife smiling because it fit their relationship so well.

There’s a pair of people in Essenced that are… interesting. AJ and Julius. People seem to like these two. I even had one person threaten to stab me if those characters don’t survive the trilogy. I won’t name names on the last one, but you can read her name as the owner this blog. It’s a compliment when someone’s that invested in your characters, right?

Their connection isn’t standard puppy love, sappy letters, or love at first glance across a crowded room. I mean, it really, REALLY isn’t. But the connection is there, in all of its crazy turns and weird conversations.

How does this all come together, you might ask? Perfect songs, Sawyer Brown, Essenced… It comes together because, even though they’re fictional, AJ and Julius have a song that is so perfect for them, it’s like the songwriter wrote it about them. It isn’t overly romantic, and it certainly isn’t sappy. This probably won’t bring tears to your eyes or make you start planning your future wedding vows in your head. But it fits their relationship so wonderfully that, if they knew it existed, I think it would make them smile as they proclaimed it to be their song.

It sums them up, like, “Yeah! That!”

It’s honest and real, even if the reality is a bit funny, like Mark Miller’s tribute to his wife.

It just fits.

I’ve made the comment before, but how about we make it official for everyone reading this blog to witness? This is henceforth AJ and Julius’s song:


Years ago, demons were forced out of the earth’s realm by a band of supernatural fighters, banished from the place and its people in the aftermath of a horrific war. It should’ve ended there – would’ve – if not for the final demon’s claw snagging on the open portal. What felt like victory became only a reprieve, the winning warriors understanding that the tear would spread, and the demons eventually would escape exile. It was only a matter of time, and a need for future defense – a question of genetics and essences, magic and power. 

Now, centuries later, a new army must bind together – one of teenagers with inhuman potentials and abilities… 

AJ went to bed Sunday night an average teenage girl, clumsy and athletically lacking. So when she wakes up Monday morning with super-strength, she does what any rational person would do: She goes into denial. When a smoking hot guy in a suit shows up, rambling about the end of the war and demons spilling through some kind of rift, she refuses to listen, telling herself he’s insane. Except weird things just won’t quit happening, and the guy keeps popping up in her life, trying to explain the changes suddenly happening within her. Is she crazy, or is this guy… not so crazy after all?

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Anonymous said...

Please note, dear readers, Essenced is scheduled to be FREE on November 6th. You really have nothing to lose :)

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