When I was writing Cut Short, I listened to a lot of music because my main character’s (Rachel) love interest, Joe, is a musician. Well, he’s a music teacher who performs on the side.

Rachel goes to see Joe perform with his friend’s band and he sings “Nothing Compares 2 U”. In my mind, his version is a lot like Chris Cornell’s, so I listened to it on repeat….probably at least a hundred times during the writing process.

This song is beautifully sad and inspiring. Chris Cornell’s voice is like rough velvet and I can’t get enough of it.

Now imagine the guy you’ve had a crazy crush on since high school invites you to his show and then he sings this. Swoon, right?!

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