The songs that I select from are this playlist.
This is how I ensure complete randomness in the song selection
1: If I come across a song that I won’t refuse to use, I add to the playlist. The few reasons for refusal is written further down this page
2: When selecting a song I first enter the list, randomise it, hop a song down, randomise again and hop down another song. It could now be any song. And no matter which song it is or if it fits conveniently into the storyline, I use it.
How you can add songs
If you wish to add a song to the playlist, you simply write it in any comment section or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The genre doesn’t matter. In fact the bigger the variety the better.
I will very rarely refuse to add your song to the list. If in doubt, try to suggest it. If I do refuse to add it, it’s for one or more of following reasons:
Reason 1: I cannot possibly divorce it from its original context
Most parodies fall under this. This one for instance. For it to work, I have to first invent the entire plot of Doctor Who in my plot, or make it a parody within the plot of this story, and that’s too difficult and too easy respectively. Most musical songs fall under this too for the exact same reason.
Reason 2: I would rather dig out my brain with a rusty spoon than listen to it again
During the process of writing a chapter, I listen to a song 10-20 times. I don’t have to like the song, but I do have to not hate it. I evaluate this based on the individual song and I can refuse using a song on this basis at any point in the process. And it obviously doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you liking the song – I just don’t.
Reason 3: It’s a cover or remix of an existing song/creative work
Covers and remixes would offer you the opportunity to add the same song more than once. That would be annoyingly repetitive. I added ‘creative work’, because I once spent ages trying to make a story out of this remix. I failed.