The Chosen Music

Music gives meaning to life

and life to meaning.

Welcome to the world of The Chosen

and to the music that embodies

their emotions and

their lives.


~ RM ~

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Music plays an important part in these stories. From melancholic melodies to crashing crescendos, it enhances the mood and emotions in every scene. It provides a sound buffer, preventing the outer world from intruding into my inner one. It helps me to feel the emotions of the story inhabitants and bring those emotions to the page.

Many times I’ll discover a song that belongs to a specific scene after the scene has been written, then I’ll play the song over and over during subsequent editing sessions, using its energy to breath more life into the scene.

Each book has its own soundtrack, its own mood. I wish I could share all of the music with you, but in many cases that is not possible due to copyright restrictions. I hope to bring audio to this page in the future; for now, please take the time to look up the artists and listen to their music. ~RM ~


One of the most influential music artists on the writing and editing of Watcher was Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Trent believes in artists sharing their talents and generously makes his tracks available for download on the NIN remix site. The resulting blend of Trent’s music with that of various remix artists can be amazingly beautiful and moving. Along with Trent’s instrumental originals and his own remixes, these songs created much of the background tone for Watcher. My favorite is the haunting NIN/Justin St.Charles remix, “Leaving Hope, Still” which beautifully captures the mood of Sunny and Nicolas's first meeting and is their theme song.




  • 04.10 Piano – Justin St.Charles


  • The Red – Chevelle
  • Corona Radiata – NIN
  • 11 – Hyneria Moss Soundscape


  • 08.09 Piano – Justin St.Charles
  • Black Orchid – Blue October
  • The Four of Us Are Dying – NIN
  • Bosendorfer Morpher (Unheard) – NIN/As Serious As Your Life remix
  • Leaving Hope, Still – NIN/Justin St.Charles remix
  • Gone, Still – NIN
  • Dracula’s Return – Transylvania 1847
  • The Frail – NIN
  • Luna – Hyneria Moss Soundscape
  • When He Thinks of Her – Justin St.Charles
  • Black Heart Inertia – Incubus
  • La Serenissima – Loreena McKennit
  • Night Ride Across the Caucasus – Loreena McKennit
  • Right Person, Right Place, Wrong Time – Justin St.Charles
  • Quicksand – Incubus
  • Every Right Things Fall – Hyneria Moss Soundscape
  • I’m Looking Forward to Joining You Finally – NIN/Justin St.Charles remix
  • 8 Ghosts – NIN


  • Ripe (With Decay) – NIN
  • Hurt, Slowly – NIN/Justin St.Charles remix
  • Dig – Incubus
  • Everything We Could Have – Hyneria Moss Soundscape
  • Love Hurts – Incubus
  • 34 Ghosts – NIN
  • Soul Sleep – Justin St.Charles
  • Shampoo – Elvis Perkins
  • Another Version of the Truth – NIN/Enrique G. Müller & Kronos remix
  • 23 Ghosts – NIN
  • La Mer (Version) – NIN/Jerome Dillon & Keith Hillebrandt remix
  • The Mark Has Been Made – NIN
  • 24 Ghosts – NIN
  • This Bleeding Heart – Justin St.Charles
  • A Familiar Taste – The Social Network
  • Penetration – The Social Network
  • Eventually We Find Our Way – The Social Network
  • Slipping Away – NIN/Trent Reznor & Alan Moulder remix
  • Erased, Over, Out – NIN/Hyde, McDowall, Balance, Christopherson (Coil)
  • Right Where It Belongs – NIN


  • Hurt (Quiet) – NIN/Trent Reznor remix
  • 26 Ghosts – NIN
  • Early Exit – Justin St.Charles
  • Adrift and At Peace – NIN/Vika Yermolyeva remix
  • Zero-Sum – NIN/Stephen Morris & Gillian Gilbert remix
  • In This Twilight: Fennesz – NIN/Fennesz remix
  • In Motion – The Social Network
  • 1 Ghosts – NIN
  • Right Where It Belongs v.3 – NIN/Justin St.Charles remix
  • Eraser – NIN
  • A Warm Place Instrumental – NIN


  • Nothing Else Matters – Metallica


Some songs on this list belong to a specific character; others to a scene. For me, the most important part of a song is the mood it creates and enhances, whether it does that through the melody, the rhythm, or the tone. The lyrics may or may not have anything to do the scene, but the emotion with which they are sung does. And when the words in the song align with the words on the page, the effect is magnified.

Sunny’s emotions are all over the map in this book, and the songs for her vary, from quiet laments to proclamations of strength. Sandy is epitomized with Leona Lewis’s "I See You.” Taz’s old-school biker attitude harkens back to The Allman Brothers and The Doors. And Chia—poor Chia—gives her frustration and outrage a voice in Skrillex’s “First of the Year.” Though the words don’t quite fit, the tone most certainly does.

Colin continues to slip through these stories with honor and elegance, belying the steel beneath, and in the process, winning the hearts of more than a few readers. The Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi best captures Colin’s essence in “Life” and “Two Trees.”




  • Closer – Kings of Leon


  • And All That Could Have Been – Nine Inch Nails
  • Lament of a Lost Soul – Brigitte Handley and the Dark Shadows
  • Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
  • Into Dust – Mazzy Star
  • Comfort Zone – General Fuzz
  • Casualty – Kopecky Family Band


  • Let Me Go – Avril Lavigne & Chad Kroeger
  • Dark Undercoat – Emily Jane White
  • The Winter – Balmorhea
  • Silver Coin – Angus & Julia Stone
  • I See You (Theme from Avatar) – Leona Lewis
  • Mad World (Instrumental) – Jennifer Ann


  • Keep the Streets Empty for Me – Fever Ray
  • Blood Like Lemonade – Morcheeba
  • Stranglehold – Ted Nugent
  • Whipping Post – The Allman Brothers
  • Keep Me – The Black Keys
  • People Are Strange – The Doors
  • Riders on the Storm – The Doors
  • The End – The Doors
  • First Of The Year (Equinox) – Skrillex
  • Nobody But You – The Black Keys
  • Have Mercy on Me – The Black Keys
  • In Memory of Elizabeth Reed – The Allman Brothers
  • The Flame – The Black Keys
  • Dreams – The Allman Brothers
  • The Crystal Ship – The Doors
  • The One That Got Away – The Civil Wars


  • Metal Heart – Cat Power
  • Life – Ludovico Einaudi
  • Experience – Ludovico Einaudi
  • The Sound of Winter – Bush
  • Stand Up – Bush
  • Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
  • Two Trees – Ludovico Einaudi
  • Slow – Fuel
  • Innocent – Fuel
  • Hemorrhage (In My Hands) – Fuel
  • Wicked Game – Emika
  • Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
  • Intro – Alt-J


  • In The End – Linkin Park/Piano Tribute Players