Guest Post: Ace Antonio Hall

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If your book had a soundtrack, what songs would we hear playing on it?

Aloha, everyone! I sent this awesome track list to my bud Armand, hoping he’d love the songs enough to post this. My name is Flip Watanabe and I play myself in Ace Antonio Hall’s novel Confessions of Sylva Slasher. I’m Emily’s boyfriend, and Hawaii’s three-time skateboard champion. Without further delay, here is the track list to the soundtrack. But first, I’d have to say that the commonality of all these songs is that they have strong roots in metal and classic rock. When the story opens and Sylva is faced with dying (again), You’ve Seen the Butcher is the perfect start, especially since her surname, Fleischer, means butcher.

Deftones – You’ve Seen the Butcher (Theme Song to Confessions of Sylva Slasher)

Heck yeah! Enter Slipnot, with the song Wait and Bleed from the band’s 1999 self-titled debut album. The lyrics:

I wipe it off on tile, the light is brighter this time
Everything is 3D blasphemy
My eyes are red and gold, the hair is standing straight up
This is not the way I pictured me
I can’t control my shakes
How the hell did I get here?
Something about this, so very wrong…
I have to laugh out loud, I wish I didn’t like this
Is it a dream or a memory?

… perfectly capture the ominous tone and mirrors the thought process of Sylva as she enters a strange new world. Other gnarly songs on the soundtrack are: Stone Temple Pilots – Dead and Bloated, and Alice In Chains – Bleed the Freak.

Feel the Bleed, you freak! Sylva calls me crazy, but Emily (my sexy girlfriend) knows I have to play at least one hour of Alice in Chains in the morning when I’m practicing my skateboard tricks, along with Deftones, but I usually play them when I’m trying out some really gnarly ollies. Anyway, the band members, Layne Staley– vocals, Jerry Cantrell – guitar, backing vocals, Mike Starr– bass, Sean Kinney – drums, percussion, say about the song, “The song is us against the world, those people who put you down: I put up with many years of you putting us down and watching us bleed, now I’d like to see you bleed some back.”

Sweet! That song captures the rage of what Sylva feels after she puts her neck out there to save humanity, and in return they blame her for the near apocalypse.

Other cool songs that are on the soundtrack: Foo Fighters – Walk , Led Zeppelin – Ramble On, Metallica – Some Kind of Monster, Nirvana – School, Tool – Parabola and , Led Zeppelin – (Recurring Motif Throughout Story) The Rain Song. Every time I hear that song, a chill ripples down my spine. Imagine hearing that every time danger is about to strike. Yeah, I know, two songs on the soundtrack are from Led Zeppelin. So what, they’re badass! And last, but not least … If, and this is a big if, but IF the novel became a film, Imagine Dragons’ song – Radioactive would absolutely have to be the music that goes with the ending credits. Hope you enjoyed my own personal track list to the soundtrack of Confessions of Sylva Slasher. Well, that’s it, so for now, for all you skateboarding, metal-listening people out there, I say Skate or Die, unless, of course, you’re already dead. Skate anyway.

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