The Warrior's Code is a story about survival in a dangerous world. It's about finding yourself. Finding a home. Told from Zack's point of view (a character who you meet very briefly in Light of the Moon, and who will have a much larger role in Shadow of the Sun), The Warrior's Code is a story about discovering freedom. To me, this playlist of songs really describes the tone of The Warrior's Code. You'll see that most of these songs are a little "heavier" than the songs I normal post, and I think that's true for the story as well. The Warrior's Code has a lot more action in it than The Witch's Curse or Light of the Moon, and I wanted to showcase that sense of urgency with this playlist.
"Way Away" - Yellowcard
This song, like The Warrior's Code, is about taking control of your own life. Realizing that good things are okay to have, and that bad things don't have to be just because they always were. In a way, "Way Away" is a kind of transition song about attempting to start over.
"The Great Escape" - Boys Like Girls
Although this song is less serious than the issues dealt with in The Warrior's Code, it is about becoming a free individual. Taking hold of your own destiny. I really love that about this song, and it's something I wanted to showcase in Zack's story.
"Face Down" - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
In The Warrior's Code, Zack must overcome a lot of hardships based in his past. I actually didn't listen to "Face Down" while writing TWC, but the song fits perfectly with the story. Underneath the surface of Zack's strong, Warrior exterior, there is a troubled, very difficult past. And I really appreciate that this song is about taking control of life instead of letting it control you.
"In The End" - Black Veil Brides
"In The End" isn't the kind of music I usually listen to, but it really fits The Warrior's Code well. There's the sense of finding yourself, staying true to who you are. And I love how this song suggests that only you can tell the story of your life. "Who will tell the story of your life?"
"Stay With Me" - You Me at Six
While listening to "Stay With Me," I actually pictured a different version of the song. Instead of it being, as is, a song from lover to lover, I pictured it as a song from self to self. In TWC, Zack struggles with a lot of internal battles. His past and his future. Who is was and who he wants to be. This song represents how Zack wants to move on, but maybe can't let go.
"This Is War" - Thirty Seconds to Mars
Really. There could not be a more perfect song for The Warrior's Code.
"It's the moment of truth, and the moment to lie,
The moment to live and the moment to die,
The moment to fight, the moment to fight..."
"False Pretense" - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
I love how this song takes ownership of things that might be too hard for a lot of us to deal with. The Warrior's Code is about dealing with the hard things in life. Difficult choices. Choices that move you forward if you let them.
THE WARRIOR'S CODE IS OUT TOMORROW!!