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Since the Pax series is above all about music, I thought I’d share some of the things I built Michael and Jamie’s world on.
Let’s start from the beginning, with Just Playing:
Swansea Till I Die
This one is sort of self explanatory, but yeah, Michael and Jamie’s classmates are kind of big on football, and Michael and Jamie… aren’t. Also, they live in Swansea. So: Swansea City FC chant!
Bye Bye Baby
The kind of thing everyone listened to back in ’75. What would have been on the radio.
Firth Of Fifth
What Michael and Jamie would listen to – kind of a different vibe than the Bay City Rollers, I’m sure you’ll agree. Also, on a more personal note, this was my first introduction to prog, and it was love at first hearing.
This was also on the radio – notably, when Jamie shows Michael a riff by getting behind him on the sofa, snaking his arms around him and playing on the guitar in Michael’s lap. Seminal event.
Nights In White Satin
The first thing Michael sings, during a camping trip that sets the ball rolling. If Jamie wasn’t hooked before, this seals it.
So what does Michael’s voice sound like? A little bit like this. Not quite, but almost.
Seekers Who Are Lovers
For me, this is the song about falling in love. I’ve never heard it illustrated this well. It’s like you fall in love all over again while you’re listening.
I Want You
What the title says. Even as Michael and Jamie accept their feelings, things are complicated in Paradise. And angsty.
Next up, The Road Taken:
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
Because the world insists that they can’t be together, and because Zeppelin would have been one of their musical inspirations – even if they didn’t actively listen to them. It was in the air.
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Apparently, Jamie once played and sang this to Michael? I don’t know, I’m just the writer.
Another example of what Michael and Jamie listened to at the time. Delightfully crazy music from the Netherlands. Songs like this give me hope for humanity.
Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra
Michael’s first taste of the harpsichord, and a contributing factor to his abandoning the bass. This is the music they overheard at the studio.
The song they listened to in that farm house. It has changed many lives.
Let Your Body Decide
In the end, Michael and Jamie had to make a decision – to be together or not be together – and this song might have helped them if it had been around at the time.
And then we have Release:
Ring Out Solstice Bells
Midsummer at Stonehenge! Who better to encapsulate that vibe than Jethro Tull?
Annabelle enters the story. She has her own song, naturally.
Hurry On Sundown
Hawkwind played at Stonehenge, too. Maybe they played this old classic.
Kate Bush would have been on the same Top of the Pops programme as Pax, but she was busy, so they just played this song and had a dance troupe perform to it.
Jamie discovers a box of albums in the attic, and with it, a hidden side to his mother.
The Musical Box
This was in my headphones when I wrote the Albert Hall concert.
Finally, there’s Cutting Edge:
You thought Michael was a sweet guy? Think again.
The kind of thing Ludo would compose.
Better By You, Better Than Me and Suicide Solution
The songs that landed Judas Priest and Black Sabbath in court. You see, I wasn’t making much up when I wrote that. In hindsight, it can be mystifying, but at the time, these songs were EVIL.
This is kind of what Ripped Maidenhead want to sound like.
Dansa i Neon
The song that plays on the car radio on the way to Arjeplog. No holds barred, take no prisoners bubble gum pop.
Screams Behind The Shadows
The Sepultura song that plays at Nathan’s place in the final chapter.