Descension Playlist


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Chapter 1: The Mystic’s Dream by Loreena McKennitt

The Mystic’s Dream sets an ideal tone for the entire series, and the lyrics can be interpreted so that they strongly apply to the story.

“A clouded dream on an earthly night
Hangs upon the crescent moon
A voiceless song in an ageless light
Sings at the coming dawn
Birds in flight are calling there
Where the heart moves the stones
It’s there that my heart is longing for
All for the love of you

Chapter 2: Japanese Music Box by George Winston

Chapter 3: Church of Trees by Liz Story

Chapter 4: Never Look Back by Zach Berkman

Never Look Back is Travis’ song to Layla.

“And we become who we are when we fall apart,
So don’t you want to..
Start a new day, let yourself go,
‘Cause your head seems to know this is right,
But your heart isn’t sure.

And crash like a wave,
‘Cause a wave needs to crash.
Don’t be afraid, just get on the train,
Take it right off the tracks,
And never look back.”

Chapter 5: Behind the Waterfall by David Lanz

The title and tune of Behind the Waterfall are great for Layla’s drive through Oregon.

Chapter 6: In this chapter Layla meets Quin, an epic moment in the series, so I chose two songs.

Dreamcatcher by Secret Garden

The emotions invoked by Dreamcatcher are perfect for Quin and Layla’s meeting, and while the lyrics are few, they’re beautiful and appropriate for the story.

“Hear my silent prayer
Heed my quiet call
When the dark and blue surround you

Step into my sigh
Look inside the light
You will know that I have found you

Marry Me by Train

Marry Me is a good representation of the way Quin feels when he first looks across the café at Layla. He’s smitten from the beginning.

 “Marry me
If I ever get the nerve to say “Hello” in this café

Together can never be close enough for me
To feel like I am close enough to you
You wear white and I’ll wear out the words “I love you”
And you’re beautiful

Chapter 7: Starry Eyed by Ellie Goulding

Layla’s definitely Starry Eyed when Quin carries her across the beach to watch the sun set behind Haystack Rock.

Take me in, and throw out my heart and get a new one

Next thing we’re touching
You look at me it’s like you hit me with lightning

“So we burst into colors, colors and carousels,
Fall head first like paper planes in playground games”

Chapter 8: Feel Again by OneRepublic

Quin waited so long to meet his dream girl. Now he feels everything he’s been missing.

Heart still beating but it’s not working
It’s like a hundred thousand voices that just can’t sing
I reached out trying to love but I feel nothing
Oh, my heart is numb

But with you
I feel again

Chapter 9: Glow by Donavon Frankenreiter

Glow gives a wonderful description of what Quin yearns to find in Layla.

“Glow, I wanna see you glow
I wanna see your daylight shining all around your
Heart I wanna see you glow, I wanna see your daylight so bright
All around my soul
I wanna see you soar, love, oh, I wanna see you fly
Kick off the world in the dark and just dive, just dive”

Chapter 10: Wrapped Up In Love by Marie Hines

In this chapter Quin shows Layla magic, and despite her hesitancy and insecurities, she’s already wrapped up.

“Wrapped up like a bow
Wraps up the unknown
Twisted, tangled in our fairytale
Wrapped in your arms
Trapped in your heart
Wrapped up in love”

Chapter 11: Dance Me to the End of Love by The Civil Wars

I chose Dance Me to the End of Love for Quin and Layla’s weightless dance because the song is full of passion and hauntingly beautiful. This dance launches Quin and Layla into a lovely romance that faces incredible adversity.

“Dance me to your beauty like a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch, be my homeward dove
And dance me to the end of love”

“Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Oh let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Oh show me slowly what I only know the limits of
And dance me to the end of love”

“Oh dance me to the wedding now, oh, dance me on and on
And dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We’re both of us beneath our love, and both of us above
And dance me to the end of love”

Chapter 12: Lights by Ellie Goulding

In this chapter Quin introduces Layla to auras, and his becomes a beacon of hope for her.

“And I’m not sleeping now, the dark is too hard to beat
And I’m not keeping now the strength I need to push me

You show the lights that stop me turn to stone
You shine it when I’m alone

Chapter 13: Moon by George Winston

You might recognize the title of this one as the song playing when Quin and Layla return to Cannon Beach.

Chapter 14: The Nearness of You by Norah Jones

By this chapter, Layla can’t deny what the nearness of Quin is doing to her heart and body.

“It’s not the pale moon that excites me
That thrills and delights me, oh no
It’s just the nearness of you

Chapter 15: Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran

This chapter finds Quin and Layla sharing their first kiss, an earthshakingly perfect kiss that changes them forever.

Settle down with me
And I’ll be your safety
You’ll be my lady

I was made to keep your body warm
But I’m cold as the wind blows so hold me in your arms

My heart’s against your chest, your lips pressed to my neck
I’m falling for your eyes, but they don’t know me yet
And with this feeling I’ll forget, I’m in love now

Chapter 16: Woods by George Winston

 

Aedan & Rhosewen

 

Chapter 17: Perfect Kiss by Marie Hines

I chose Perfect Kiss for Aedan and Rhosewen’s meeting because that’s exactly what their first kiss is – perfect. They’re happy and carefree, and this kiss seals their fates.

“I love the way you pull me into you and I melt
When you’re holding my hips”

“Oh, we can’t get any better than this
You’ve stolen me with your perfect kiss

“But you would sink to the depths of the seas
Still breathing my name

Chapter 18: Rhythm Of Love by Plain White T’s

This song is for Aedan and Rhosewen’s date to Devil’s Den. Life’s lovely when they’re together, but their homes are far apart and their future is unknown.

“My heart beats like a drum
A guitar string to the strum
A beautiful song to be sung
She’s got blue eyes deep like the sea
That roll back when she’s laughing at me
She rises up like the tide
The moment her lips meet mine

Chapter 19: Come Away With Me by Norah Jones

This is Rhosewen’s song to Aedan. Though she doesn’t want to take him away from his family, she desperately wants to take him home.

“Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you”

Chapter 20: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley

Is there a better song than this to describe Aedan and Rhosewen’s whirlwind romance? The song is a classic and so beautiful, and Aedan and Rhosewen truly couldn’t help falling in love with each other. He buys her wedding ring in this chapter.

“Take my hand, take my whole life too
for I can’t help falling in love with you”

Chapter 21: February Sea by George Winston

Medea snaps in this chapter, so I chose the intense and tumultuous February Sea.

Chapter 22: I’ll Follow You by Jon McLaughlin

Aedan and Rhosewen get engaged in this chapter, and their commitment is taken to the next level when they bond. They would follow each other anywhere anytime.

“So in the hours of the darkest kind
When it’s hard to find who we are
One can stare into the other’s eyes
Be each other’s light in the dark”

Chapter 23: Lovely Day by Donavon Frankenreiter

I chose Lovely Day for the chapter with Aedan and Rhosewen’s wedding because, despite all the pain and fear they eventually endure, their union is lovely, and in this moment, when they become man and wife, they soar with happiness.

“All is see is sunny skies
Every time I look into your eyes
Here we go again, my friend
Staying together ’til the end

“We’ll just float on top of the
Clouds that cover our skies”

Chapter 24: In this chapter Rhosewen learns she’s pregnant – an event deserving of two songs.

The Things We’ve Handed Down by Art Garfunkel

The Things We Handed Down is for Aedan, who’s full of wonder and hope for his growing family.

“I wonder who you’ll look like
Will your hair fall down and curl
Will you be a Mama’s boy
Or Daddy’s little girl
Will you be a sad reminder
Of what’s been lost along the way
Maybe you can help me find her
In the things you do and say”

Capri by Colbie Caillat

Capri is for Rhosewen, who would do anything to keep her baby safe.

“She’s got a baby inside
And holds her belly tight
All through the night
Just so she knows
She’s sleeping so
Safely to keep
Her growing”

“There is an angel growin’ peacefully

Chapter 25: The Cradle by George Winston

Aedan and Rhosewen don’t know how dire their situation is and spend their days happily pampering each other and their unborn baby.

Chapter 26: Naked As We Came by Iron & Wine

In this chapter, Aedan must come to terms with Rhosewen’s eminent death. Naked As We Came shows the struggle of enduring the heartbreak while absorbing what little time they have left.

“She says “wake up, it’s no use pretending
I’ll keep stealing, breathing her.
Birds are leaving over autumn’s ending
One of us will die inside these arms

Chapter 27: Aedan loses Rhosewen in this chapter, and I feel her passing is worthy of two songs.

Mon Enfant (My Child) by George Winston

I chose Mon Enfant to represent the last lullaby Rhosewen and Aedan share with their unborn baby. The song doesn’t have lyrics, but below is Aedan and Rhosewen’s lullaby.

“Our sweet, precious child,

you’ll soon be in the world.

You’ll bring it so much joy,

our beautiful baby girl.

Mommy and daddy love you,

and wish you all the best.

Just be your precious self,

and your heart will do the rest.”

I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie

I Will Follow You Into the Dark is a bittersweet representation of the vow Aedan makes Rhosewen before she dies.

Love of mine, some day you will die
But I’ll be close behind
I’ll follow you into the dark”

“The time for sleep is now
It’s nothing to cry about
‘Cause we’ll hold each other soon

Chapter 28: Hey Pretty Girl by Kip Moore

Hey Pretty Girl is Aedan’s song to Rhosewen. It follows their entire relationship, and the last two verses bring tears to my eyes.

“Hey pretty girl, you did so good
Our baby’s got your eyes
And a fighter’s heart like I knew she would
Hey pretty girl, you did so good

Hey pretty girl, when I see the light
And it’s my time to go
I’m gonna thank the Lord for a real good life
A pretty little girl and a beautiful wife

Chapter 29: Courage Of The Wind by David Lanz

The sweet and emotional melody, along with the highly appropriate title, made me choose Courage Of The Wind for Aedan’s goodbye to Layla.

Chapter 30: Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling

I chose Crystallize for Aedan’s final journey because it gives a sense of urgency, longing and finality, and I feel it provides a heroic ending to his sad story.

Chapter 31: Night Ride Across the Caucasus by Loreena McKennitt

Night Ride Across the Caucasus symbolizes Layla’s journey through the first book, with lyrics that apply to the discovery of her heritage, the memories she witnessed, her connection to her birth parents, and how this is just the first step in her epic odyssey. There is much more to come!

“There are visions, there are memories
There are echoes of thundering hooves
There are fires, there is laughter
There’s the sound of a thousand doves

“In the velvet of the darkness
By the silhouette of silent trees
They are watching, they are waiting
They are witnessing life’s mysteries

“Cascading stars on the slumbering hills
They are dancing as far as the sea
Riding o’er the land, you can feel its gentle hand
Leading on to its destiny

Take me with you on this journey
Where the boundaries of time are now tossed
In cathedrals of the forest
In the words of the tongues now lost

Find the answers, ask the questions
Find the roots of an ancient tree
Take me dancing, take me singing
I’ll ride on till the moon meets the sea

 

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*All the above opinions are personal interpretations of the selected songs and do not reflect the opinions of the musicians. The lyrics showcased are incomplete and/or paraphrased. They are simply my favorite lines from the songs.

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