GUEST POST BY LISA MANTCHEV: Feed Your Ears XIV: Eyes Like Stars

Today's Feed Your Ears post is super special :) That's because Lisa Mantchev is visiting! Her novel, Eyes Like Stars, was released this July, and I'm thrilled that she was willing to put a playlist together for us to go with the book.


Lisa Mantchev's Eyes Like Stars playlist with her commentary:

1. "Eyes Like Stars" - Faulter - Darling Buds of May

I found this song only after we retitled the novel... I think it speaks for itself (and is especially shiny, given that "Darling buds of May" is a Shakespearean reference.)

2. "The Chairman's Waltz" - John Williams - Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack

This is the music that would accompany Bertie and the fairies moving past the velvet curtains, around the half-lit backstage area, in the places only they really know about at the Théâtre.

3. "Moonlight Serenade" - Klaus Badelt - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl soundtrack

Nate's entrance song.

4 and 5. "The Wedding Samba" - Edmundo Ros & His Rumba Band and "Je Chante" - Charles Trenet - A Good Year soundtrack

Two numbers I'm pretty sure Mr. Hastings would play on the Victrola in the Properties Department.

6. "Koop Island Blues" - Koop, featuring Ane Brun - Koop Islands

Very "By The Sea"-esque (you know your Sweeney Todd, yes?) and something I can hear playing in the background as Bertie and the fairies frolic in old-fashioned flannel bathing costumes at the seaside set.

7. "Falling Slowly" - Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova - Once soundtrack

Bertie and Nate, summed up in a song.

8. "The Assassins' Tango" - John Powell - Mr. & Mrs. Smith soundtrack

Bertie and Ariel's Tango Music

9. "The Only One"/"Call Me When You're Sober" - Evanescence - The Open Door

The sort of music Bertie probably would have listened to when mad at either one of the boys, had she an iPod.

10. "Prendersi per mano" - Cirque Du Soleil - Corteo soundtrack

Almost ALL the Cirque music instantly transports me to the stage... it's very theatrical and evocative... this soundtrack and the other Cirque music comes even more into play for Perchance To Dream


So, I think this is one AWESOME playlist. Thank you so much Lisa! Plus, Lisa put together this awesome playlist so you can listen to most of the songs:

Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones

If you haven't already, check out Lisa Mantchev's Eyes Like Stars, already on shelves, and the Theatre Illuminata website.


  1. Thank you for having me... this was a fun post to put together!! :D

  2. LOVE this feature. Abby and I were talking WIP "soundtracks" just this past week, being all collegiate and playing music in my room at a writing retreat. She'd picked out "Assassin's Tango" for Bertie & Ariel, even! And "Falling Slowly" is a killer song that encompasses so many storylines.

    Very cool!

  3. Awesome/fun post:D
    I love the playlist. I have 2 read Eyes like Stars. It looks really good

  4. Awesome playlist! I plan to get Eyes like Star today, so I'll make sure to listen to it while I read.