Monday, October 1, 2012

Music Monday #2 - Miracle Drug (Blue Sky Days)

Music Mondays is a feature I started on my book blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. I'm a music fanatic, and because music inspires my writing, I thought I'd carry the meme over here and share certain songs and their meanings as they relate to my writing.
Miracle Drug by U2 is a song I had on repeat a lot while working on Blue Sky Days. When Nicholas was diagnosed with cancer and then went through chemotherapy, he got a deadly infection and literally needed a miracle drug. Miracle Drug to me can also be taken in the context of love - Emma was Nicholas's miracle drug. When my dad was sick with cancer, I remember one of the doctors telling me once that love was the best medicine and that by us being there, it was helping him get better and keeping him going.

*There's no official video for this song, just live versions - and U2 is amazing live, so that's ok! The story at the beginning made me cry.*

"Of science and the human heart
There is no limit
There is no failure here, sweetheart
Just when you quit
I am you and you are mine
Love makes nonsense of space
And time will disappear
Love and logic keep us clear
Reason is on our side, love"

~Miracle Drug - U2~ 
Released January 17th, 2012

A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother - studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing - and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn't have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn't know who she is or what she really wants from life. 

Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn't helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it's time for a change. She leaves home to live with her free-spirited, slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy in a small town that makes Emma feel like she's stepped back in time.

When Emma meets Nicholas Shaw, everything changes - he's unlike anyone she's ever met before, the kind of guy she didn't even know existed in the 21st century. Carefree and spirited like Daisy, Nicholas teaches Emma to appreciate life, the beauty around her, and to just let go and live. Between Daisy and Nicholas, Emma feels like she belongs somewhere for the first time in her life, and realizes that you don't always need a plan - sometimes life steers you where you're meant to be.

Life is wonderful, an endless string of blue sky days, until Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer, and life changes once again for Emma in ways she never thought possible. Now it's time for her to help Nicholas the way he's helped her. Emma will have to use her newfound strength, and discover along the way if love really is enough to get you through.

 What song is on your mind this week? If you want to participate in Music Monday, be sure to link up at Ramblings of a Daydreamer!

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