1. Georgia, by Vance Joy
This song is the entire book in reverse. The last verse fits Jason and Charlotte's relationship as it ends, while the first verse is the way Coulter sees Charlotte as they begin. The singer's love begins and ends filling with hope and expectation to denial and regret. Sounds like Commitment & Other Hard To Pronounce Words to me.
Of course, the Georgia on my mind line is just the cherry on the sundae.
2. Cinnamon Girl, by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
This is Jason's anthem, not just for pursuing Charlotte, but in regards to his musical career. Everyone has their mentor or hero, the status they would love to attain should they succeed to the upper echelons of their craft. To place this mantle on Charlotte says a lot about how Jason saw her, how he valued her love.
Unfortunately, like all songs,
Cinnamon Girl had to end.
3. If I Be Wrong, by Wolf Larsen
Wolf Larsen's voice is haunting and her use of hesitation and strings anchors the song into the listener's soul. The singer asks so many questions about herself and what could have been, contradicting the very core of her own heart.
Charlotte and Coulter live confidently in the belief they've made the smart choices, an uncompromising lifestyle. When their life crashes in a devastating avalanche, they begin to wonder what went wrong.
"What if I’m wrong? What if I’ve lied?
What if I’ve dragged you here to my own dark night?
And what if I know, what if I see
There is a crack run right down the front of me?
What if they’re right? What if we’re wrong?
What if I’ve lured you here with a siren song?
But if I be wrong, if I be right,
Let me be here with you tonight."
This song is the theme of their journey.
4. Sweet Nothing, by Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
Mistakes are a dime a dozen, but between two people, interpretations, intent, and the inability to leave your pride at the door to reconcile, means everything.
Coulter and Charlotte sleeping together was a mistake. Their personal conclusions about each other added icing to the Mistake Cake. (That's right, I just called it the Mistake Cake.) Then they cut into it with their defensive stratagems and dismissals leaving them with Sweet Nothing.
5. Mercedes Benz, by Janis Joplin
Charlotte sees Christians praying to God just like this song. People, only concerned with themselves, praying for something they can't attain on their own. Hopelessness voiced to the empty air with no chance of being answered.
It makes sense when you think about it. What could we really need that only a deity could provide? Our minds are not on our souls, or eternal anything (Unless it's romantic love from a selfless hottie).
What we want and need is a million-billion-kajillion dollars, freedom from our problems, and a Mercedes Benz. God's the genie in the bottle we pray to in hopes of getting the material goods we want.
We are children, only wanting what makes us happy, not stronger, healthier, or heartier. We rebel against our Father for giving us vegetables instead of a lifetime supply of Red Vines, giving us chores instead of amusement park tickets.
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
Discipline doesn't have to mean punishment. Discipline by definition is control, training, and routine. God created a regimen for us to make us stronger, smarter, and to teach us how to push our fear and ignorance aside for the joy in living by faith. Unfortunately, that wisdom and strength building technique isn't included in the features package of a Mercedes Benz.
6. Boldly I Approach (The Art of Celebration),
by Rend Collective
Christianity at its heart is about relationships. How the Father interacts with the Son and the Holy Spirit, how the Trinity interacts with the Body of Christ, how the members of the Body interact with each other and engages the rest of the world.
Coulter walked away from God because he was bored, and his primal needs outweighed his desire to be close to God.
Amelia's existence was used as a wake up call to come home to Christ. Who she would be, and how she would view him as a man, set him on the footpath back to God. The relationship between parent and child spurs him back to his own heavenly Father.
Charlotte's view of God is just as practical as she begins to acknowledge Him. The purpose He's given to the lives He's changed makes it hard to deny His power. This is relayed through her relationships with Russell, her father, Pastor Bruno and to a small extent, Coulter. Their relationship with Christ allowed her to see God as He really is: On His throne cloaked in light and majesty.
More beauty than this world has known,
I'm face to face with Love Himself.