1. “Calabasas” by Hey Marseilles Best road trip song ever. It plays and builds like a story—the chords are as breathtaking as the lyrics. And the line “take what you need from the words leave on the windowsill” is so darned fitting for Hydraulic Level Five.
2. “Hard Sun” by Eddie Vedder Featured in the movie “Into the Wild,” this song screams Colorado.
3. “Firecracker” by Steel Train While the music is upbeat, the lyrics are kind of sad. It’s reflecting back on the end of a relationship. Fun fact: this song was also the inspiration for Kaye’s nickname.
4. “Camera One,” Josh Joplin Group It’s basically about acting a part for the public—wearing a mask to hide how you really feel. The line “hung his clothes from the shower rod, but he never got undressed” punched me in the gut the first time I really listened to it.
5. “By Yourself” by The Knew This band is a crowd favorite in Denver, and they have a seriously foot-stomping rock sound. I chose them as a nod to the fantastic Colorado music scene. (They are also a generous group of guys who offered up their latest album for my giveaway bags.) This particular song was featured on Breaking Bad.
6. “If It’s the Beaches” by The Avett Brothers With their mix of bluegrass, folk, and rock, this group’s sound was made for Planet Bluegrass. Fun fact: The fictional “New Greeley Bluegrass Group” was inspired by The Avett Brothers.
7. “The Swimming Song” by Loudon Wainwright III Just a fun diddy with a folk singer staple. Perfect for a day of whitewater rafting.
8. “Play in the Rain” by Voodoo Loons This was the obscure group mentioned in Kaye’s “band game”. Some laid back, mellow folk for a rainy day.
9. “Women Like to Slow Dance” by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Holy buckets, these guys are GOOD. And yes, that is Steve Martin Steve Martin. Amazing bluegrass and a perfect advice for all men!
10. “Bedroom and a Wall” by The Wheel A beautifully romantic acoustic with gorgeous strings. The Wheel is a Denver group.
11. “First Love” by Adele Had to have some Adele in the mix. She knows how to tap into every woman’s heart, I swear. The childlike, simplistic bells and are a good fit for Samuel’s memoir excerpts.
12. “Ain’t Gonna Lose You” by Brett Dennen I thought of this song when I was writing Kaye and Samuel’s “prank war.” It’s about hanging on to someone for dear life.
13. “Lion’s Mane” by Iron & Wine Iron & Wine is one of the best songwriters around. This song is about love, both the mundane days and the tumultuous days. “Love is the best endeavor waiting in the lion’s mane”—love requires patience, doggedness, and vulnerability (near the lion’s mouth), but it’s worth it.
14. “De Musica Ligera” by Soda Stereo Translation: “The love of light music.” With its cryptic lyrics about lost love, this is arguably one of the greatest Latin rock songs. It’s nostalgic for many Latin Americans. Fun fact: In the book, Kaye and Samuel play an acoustic version around a campfire.
15. “Ruby Tuesday” by The Rolling Stones Shouldn’t this be on every playlist?
16. “Paperback Writer” by The Beatles In Hydraulic Level Five, Kaye says that “Paperback Writer” was the first song she and Samuel learned to play on their guitars. It’s actually a great song for beginners because it only has two chords.
17. “Bay Springs Road” by Charlie Mars This song is pure nostalgia—reminiscing about high school friends and loves left behind in a hometown. “And it makes me feel like I’m eighteen again, in my car with my friends, singing, ‘the grass is green, the girls are pretty, the kids are alright in Mississippi’.”
18. “Serenata Española” by Joaquin Malats From the book: “I closed my eyes, but I did not sleep. Rather, I lay awake, hands behind my head. I listened to the distant bubbling of the creek. Cicadas and crickets. And the quiet, pensive strumming of a Spanish guitar…”
19. “The World Spins Madly On” by The Weepies This singer/songwriter duo is seriously addictive. I chose this song because it contemplates making time for the people you love while they are still with you, and warns against getting caught up in the “spinning world”.
20. “Thirteen” by Big Star This classic Big Star song is simply a song about first love.
21. “Bad Reputation” by Freedy Johnston A fantastic indie song about missing someone who is lost, but hoping that they still want you.
22. “Don’t Watch Me Dancing” by Little Joy Little Joy is a Brazilian/American rock group from Los Angeles. This song’s haunting strings, ukulele, and subtle Latin flavor begs you to get up and waltz. Fun fact: Kaye is afraid of Latin dance because of the sultry moves, but doesn’t mind slow dances.
23. “Tango Maria” by Francisco Tárrega Smoldering Spanish guitar classic. I like to think of it as Danita’s song.
24. “Divide Me” by Kalai A slow song from Danita and Angel’s wedding dance. This song needs to be used in more wedding dances! Mellow, dreamlike, chords combined with Kalai’s soaring voice=sigh.
25. “Better Than Love” by Griffin House I want my husband to sing this to me every morning (still working on it!) It’s a reaffirmation of faithfulness, even when “nothing turns out like we planned.”
26. “The Lark Ascending (Conclusion)” by Ralph Vaughan Williams This stunning classical piece is consistently a favorite of British listeners. I’ve found it reminds me of the sweeping landscape of Colorado–the rolling eastern grasslands, the breathtaking Rockies. It’s also mentioned in the book as being on Sophia Cabral’s morning playlist.
Author: Sarah Latchaw
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Cover Designed By: Amy Brokaw / Micha Stone
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Synopsis ~
How does a woman get over her one great love? With whitewater rafting, bluegrass, and a touch of revenge…
Kaye is an extreme sports addict with a kind heart and an axe to grind with her childhood sweetheart and ex-husband, renowned writer Samuel Caulfield Cabral. While Samuel enjoys a celebrity life in New York, Kaye remains in their hometown of Lyons, Colorado, running her PR agency and chatting daily with Samuel’s family, the beloved Cabrals—first-generation Mexican-Americans who have embraced Kaye as their own.
But when Samuel returns for his sister’s wedding with his new love interest, stunning editor Caroline Ortega , the gloves are stripped off. Kaye is determined to unearth the reasons behind the death of their marriage and why two people who lived to love each other were driven apart.
She discovers startling revelations about Samuel, about life…and about herself.
About the Author: Sarah Latchaw was raised in eastern Iowa and appreciates beauty in mud-splattered gravel roads, weathered farm faces, and combine harvesters powering through cornfields. She also loves to explore the world, thanks to countless family minivan trips across the States to coastal cities and national monuments. This passion for finding stories led to college adventures to Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Slovakia, Germany, and other European countries. Each place’s story rests in the back of her mind and in her childhood photo albums.
In 2002, Sarah received her BA from Wartburg College in public relations and media, and entered the workforce, ready to climb the ladder. However, when researching MBA applications evoked feelings of dread, she realized a corporate marketing career wasn’t for her. With the unfailing support of her loving husband, she chose to pursue a career in freelance and creative writing, and received her MA from Iowa State University in 2009.
These days, Sarah wakes every morning thrilled to cuddle her small children, show them the world, then capture that world and shape it into stories on paper. She also enjoys her piano, volunteering in her community, and reading anything with a cohesive plot. She and her family reside in Des Moines, Iowa.
Tour-Wide Giveaway (US Residents ONLY)
$25 Omnific gift card, Five (5) signed, paperback copies of Hydraulic Level Five, Ten (10) eco-friendly Duck Duck Farms totes containing signed books, music, and other Colorado-centric items.