over at Bookworm for Kids, I discuss some of the music on the “Elemental Secrets playlist”  🙂


Elle Middaugh was kind enough to let us in on her secret PLAY LIST while writing ELEMENTAL!

And here she is. . .




 I had actually created a playlist on my phone entitled: Elemental 1 (for simplicity lol) which contained 65 songs. I started off with just a few and it continued to grow from there. To save us all a bit of time, I think I’ll just provide the more important half, lol! Most of these songs were simply mood music for me and had virtually nothing to do any particular scene. Others, I imagined in specific places as a sort of soundtrack.




  • “Intro” by The xx

(This song is instrumental, but the feelings that swirl around inside of me when I hear it proves that sometimes words are better left unspoken. I love The xx!)

  • “Islands” by The xx
  • “Night Time” by The xx
  • “Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs
  • “Midnight City” by M83
  • “Bloodstream” by Stateless

(In general, I feel like this song encompasses how Valerie feels about Cade)

  • “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star
  • “Hayling” by FC Kahuna
  • “As The Rush Comes (Gabriel And Dresden Chillout Mix) by Motorcycle
  • “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People
  • “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey
  • “Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Rey
  • “Miracle” by Blackmill
  • “Hear Me Out” by Frou Frou
  • “Breathe Me” by Sia
  • “Help I’m Alive” by Metric
  • “Sweet Talk” by Kito featuring Reija Lee

(I played this song on repeat during the football game/ marching band scene. It’s not exactly typical band music material, but it’s catchy!)

  • “The Funeral” by Band Of Horses
  • “Lapdance” by N.E.R.D. featuring Lee Harvey and Vita

(This is the song I picture during the scene where they get drunk, drive out to Cade’s house, and trash the place. It’s Chase’s mood music lol)

  • “It’s Only” by Odesza featuring Zyra
  • “Say My Name” by Odesza featuring Zyra

(I love this song beyond reasonable measure lol it’s what I pictured playing during the epic Valerie-Holden-first-kiss scene!)

  • “Afterglow (Akira Kiteshi Remix)” by Phaeleh featuring Soundmouse

(They literally sing “taking control of the elements, making it mine, making it mine.” How cool is that!?)

  • “Radioactive (Unlimited Gravity Remix) by Imagine Dragons
  • “GDFR” by Flo Rida featuring Sage the Gemini and Lookas
  • “Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix) by Flight Facilities
  • “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding
  • “Female Robbery” by The Neighborhood
  • “W.D.Y.W.F.M?” by The Neighborhood
  • “Alleyways” by The Neighborhood
  • “Sweater Weather” by The Neighborhood

(I also love this song more than what’s reasonable. I mean, it’s my ringtone and it has been for, like, over two years or something. That sounds outrageous to say! But there’s not much cell service where I live, so it doesn’t ring often enough for me to get bored of it! lol)



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