Music Monday: La Havana

Welcome to this week’s Music Monday and a piece of fabulous mood music by Alexis Smith and Joe Henson (aka The Flight), La Havana.

The duo of Alexis Smith and Joe Henson are soundtrack specialists. They have released some music that isn’t television or video game soundtracks, but most of their back catalogue is media tie-in and they are very good at what they do. This particular track is taken from the extended/complete edition of the Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag soundtrack and it’s simply a really nice flamenco-esque piece of guitar music.

Given Emilio’s history, having come from the countryside around Madrid and then having lived in what would become Mexico and now living in Cuba, this was very much a character piece. It set the mood and helped me find both his voice and his story.

It also sets the flavour of one of the two main locations in the book: Havana. I vaguely had it in my mind that a lot more of the story would take place in the main areas of Havana, so it was useful to have a piece of music that helped me picture the streets and the people and the colours and while I changed my mind about exactly how much action should take place there versus other locations, it still helped when I did dip into the real city.

The Elsehere Soundtrack on Spotify has been updated to add this in.

That’s all for now. Happy reading and listening!

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