Dreamhouse Kings Music

THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE DREAMHOUSE KINGS

I’m always flattered and grateful when readers take the time to tell me how much they like my stories. Mark Lavallee of Seattle took it ten steps further when he said the Dreamhouse Kings inspired him to write music that captured all the emotion and action of the story. I was blown away when he sent me the following songs. I’m an ol’ guitar-rock guy, so the guitar-heavy tunes hit my sweet spot. But even more, Mark truly captured the triumphs and heartaches the Kings go through. When you listen, think of the story (all the adventures and scares) and the characters, especially Xander and David (their sadness, hope and determination).

Jonathan Maiocco also sent me a couple songs inspired by Dreamhouse books. His musical style is completely different from Mark’s, but equally enthralling and in synch with the spirit of the story. His beautiful and rich compositions are all the more amazing by the fact that he created these songs when he was fifteen years old (he’s sixteen as of this writing).

Mark and Jon—a monster THANK YOU! (Imagine my singing in an operatic tenor . . . on second thought, better not.)



LISTEN & DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK OF THE DREAMHOUSE KINGS

(to DOWNLOAD the tracks right click and ‘Save As’ the song titles to download the MP3 files)

1. Kingmaker [7:03]

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2. Brave David (I Miss Mom) [5:20]

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3. King Xander [4:33]

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4. Strong and Courageous [5:24]

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5. Challenge of the Gatekeepers [4:36]

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6. Dream Meadow [6:40]

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7. Frenzy [6:16]

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8. Taksidious [3:40]

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9. The Princess of Victoria [4:29]

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10. The End . . . ? [2:52]

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Bonus Tracks

11. House of Dark Shadows [:58]

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12. First Victim [3:38]

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13. The House [1:49]

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Total running time: 57:18



LINER NOTES FOR SONGS 1 – 10 BY MARK LAVALLEE



KINGMAKER

The Dreamhouse Kings is really dynamic, and I wanted to show that in this music. “The Kingmaker” is about the range of emotions that the King family experiences. The rhythm guitar is slow and drops from major cords to minor cords. This was meant to show their hopes and losses.

The lead guitars represent several things: primarily, the pure “frenzy” of their lives since moving into the house; but also their fears, determination and refusal to give up. The guitar gets really fast (their fights and flights through the portals), then gets slow (the trails they face and go through), and often makes a minor dive (the loss and sorrow they feel).


BRAVE DAVID (I MISS MOM)

This one is a lot more melodic and slower. It has a sadder feel to it because David misses his mom and shows his emotions about it more than Xander does. There are, however, some uplifting moments, which show his bravery.


KING XANDER

“King Xander” is, of course, about Xander, so it’s mostly about kicking butt. The first half is total teen angst, and Xander’s need to take action (it’s fast). The second half shows Xander’s noble spirit, his heart, and his dependability.


STRONG AND COURAGEOUS

“Strong and Courageous” was a labor of love. It’s mostly about the rhythm; that’s where the emotion is. The lead parts are melodic and then fast and determined, like the story.


CHALLENGE OF THE GATEKEEPERS

This song is about the King family’s “destiny” to fix the damage that people like Taksidian have done to the timeline. I wanted to express the sheer difficulty of that task and how the whole family goes through so much. In Whirlwind, the boys get stuck in horrifying situations, Keal is injured, Jesse is injured, Dad and Toria are frantically trying to find answers… this is their challenge to overcome. Their life is a storm of stress and activity; I hope the song reflects that.


DREAM MEADOW

There’s a lot of subtle things going on in this song. The beginning is slow . . . “dreamy,” but quickly becomes a hectic flurry (thinking of Phemus after the King kids there). The end has fills and trills and then just stops: it’s the “air” dropping out from underneath David and his falling to the ground. Kind of like a musical Wiley Coyote after running off a cliff.


FRENZY

This one is six minutes of Jam, with no melody at all. There’s a few definite chord progressions, but no melody. This reflects the book Frenzy living up to its title—it simply doesn’t stop. I also wanted to throw back to “The Kingmaker” and the beginning of the series. It’s all about what the Kings are becoming because of what they’ve gone through. It’s victorious and triumphant. It’s also kind of sad, because of what they’ve lost. The song, like the Kings, is pure emotion.


TAKSIDIOUS

I love a good bad guy, and Taksidian’s so bad he’s almost cool. There are a lot of guitars, lots of decay too. Two guitars “chase each other through time.” sort of like our friend does. They represent the many faces of Taksidian and very seldom align perfectly. Speed, loud drums, lots of distortion—it’s a metal jam in “honor” of a way-too-cool (and wicked) bad guy.


THE PRINCESS OF VICTORIA

This is my favorite song on the album. I wanted it to sound “pretty,” as I imagine Toria is—and you know, all little girls are princesses. But, it is a Dreamhouse King song so it wouldn’t be complete without some killer licks. While the song focuses on Toria, it also plays to the ongoing King Saga.


THE END . . . ?

What can I say? All the adventure, action, suspense, heartache, and triumph—I tried to get it all in this one. Fast, like the books . . . charging ahead, like the Kings. And the end . . . well, is it really the end? I like to think not.



LINER NOTES FOR BONUS TRACKS BY JONATHAN MAIOCCO


HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS

I read Book 1 of the series and thought, “Whoa, I can totally hear the music!” So, with all the horror and suspense of the story in mind, I composed “House of Dark Shadows” as what I though of as the “main theme” of the series. It’s a short song, which lead directly to “First Victim.”


FIRST VICTIM

This is a fleshed-out version of “House of Dark Shadows.” It’s inspired by the prologue of the first book. The piano at about 2:23 is supposed to be the “theme of the house.” I wanted something different and slightly creepy. You’ll notice that the end of the song isn’t “happy” at all. I wanted the listener to have the sense that something or someone is missing. And of course, someone is missing. It’s like a sharp breath, which is what the family is feeling.


THE HOUSE

The plot line of this song is when the King family first go to the house. (It is from Xander’s point of view… he is slightly paranoid  about the house.) The “house theme” plays for a bit, which is their entering the house, and looking around. Then the music gets creepy. That’s when they start to wonder where Toria is. Then the creepy music suddenly stops, and that’s when Toria appears near the railing. Then the house theme plays a little bit more. It’s short, but it was a lot of fun!

There are 123 comments in this article:

  1. September 11th, 2012Robert Liparulo say:

    Winnie, you made my day. Thank you!

  2. September 11th, 2012Robert Liparulo say:

    I will check it out…as soon as I get the book I’m currently writing finished. I’m rooting for you!

  3. September 19th, 2012Destiny say:

    I started reading this series three days ago accidentally, the title of the book was misleading. I thought it was going to be about a ghost, or ghosts*. I checked out all 6 books and when I sat down to read House of Dark Shadows I couldn’t put it down. And now I’m in the last few chapters of Frenzy. You did an AMAZING job with these books. I’m incredibly impressed with the imagination and creativity put into the series. The only thing that sucks, is the series is almost over. I already feel like I’m standing with David and Xander when I read them.. Now you should find a way to make them all movies, I’d go see them :)

  4. September 19th, 2012Destiny say:

    I just read your comment on the movie subject, my mom works at Universal and I told her to make a suggestion for these books. It is a slow process, but that’s freakin SWEET.

  5. September 19th, 2012Destiny say:

    When I finish my book and if by chance it does get published, you should start looking for an inscription! Your my favorite author and I would never would have started writing again if it weren’t for you. I stopped writing because I had writers block for years, and when I picked up House of Dark Shadows one day at my school library, so many ideas ran through my head. It was really inspiring. I hope you know how much your books mean to me!!!! Your the best Mr. Liparulo.

  6. November 15th, 2012Jack say:

    Please Please Please try to make this a movie. Or i might die

  7. November 15th, 2012Robert Liparulo say:

    Hollywood’s a strange world, Jack. Novelists are used to working alone and pretty much creating the story he or she wants to create, for better or worse. Everything is by committee in Hollywood. Dozens (sometimes hundreds) of people working on one project, each just a cog in a big machine. So as much as I — and some other talented and even powerful people — want to get the books to the screen, we’re all just cogs straining to turn the right gears. When enough of the cogs start working together, the machine will crank out the movie. Thanks for rooting us on!

  8. November 15th, 2012Robert Liparulo say:

    Wow, Destiny, I’m flattered. Can’t wait to see your book on the shelf at the bookstore. Congrats!

  9. January 26th, 2013Jillian Cline say:

    I’m a fan of screamo music, but I’m also the fan of the guitar. Though I like lyrics with the music, these are really good. It’s hard to pick a favorite.

  10. January 29th, 2013Jillian Cline say:

    You creat the type of writing I’ve been trying to do. Blending the past with the pressent, but it’s really strange because my type of writing is different than I want it to be.

  11. February 27th, 2013Emily Rose say:

    Those soundtracks are soooo good for the books. I love the bonus ones. Its not my kind of music, but First Victim totally goes with the prologue. And they all give me a song to think of while I read. BTW I’m writing a book about two teens who time travel to the 1300s. I never realized how fun it is write stuff like that 😉

  12. February 27th, 2013Emily Rose say:

    I really wish there were more books. I finished all of them in a month. Your a great author Robert! :-)

  13. February 27th, 2013Robert Liparulo say:

    I wish you well with your book, Emily Rose. If you’re having fun writing it, chances are, others will have fun reading it!

  14. February 27th, 2013Robert Liparulo say:

    Thank you! I’m considering a seventh book now.

  15. February 27th, 2013Emily Rose say:

    The dreamhouse kings series was great experience full of imagination.

  16. April 1st, 2013Lyra say:

    Wow I finished all the books in a week but as me too it helps with writers block. I am considering a website. Flying High couldn’t do all the fights if I didn’t have the inspiration. THANKS MR.LIPARULO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait for more books and a movie?? that would be awesome. I’ll feature you!! well as them reading your books YOU ROCK!!

  17. April 13th, 2013Liv say:

    I think my favorites are “The House” and “King Xander”. PLEASE make a seventh book! It would be like my dream come true! I think I speak for millions of fans when I say that a seventh book would be amazing! I can not stop thinking about the possible adventures that the Kings go through after the sixth! Ever since I have finished the sixth book about a year ago, I have missed the Kings sooooo much!

  18. April 28th, 2013Kelly say:

    I really liked House of Dark Shadows soundtrack. It totally described how the kids are in awe of the house, and then Xander starts to realize the creepy occurrences and then the huge event that takes place in all the books (Don’t want to spoil it.)
    Robert, this was my all-time favorite series, hands down. And that says something, considering it takes a lot for me to love a book.
    A seventh book would be amazing! I’d be looking forward to it and for sure read it!

    I also wanted to say I love how in the books that Xander uses his movie insight to help him out and David uses his soccer skills to help him out also.
    I loved how Taksidian was. He wasn’t your typical antagonist. He had a little creepy and psychotic side to him and I thought that was very interesting.

    I have to do a book recommendation project for school, and House of Dark Shadows is the book I’m doing. It was a really good book. No, it was a really good series.

    I’m only 13, but I think I want to check out the adult books you made…I love a good a scare!
    Good luck for the future and thanks for making a spectacular book series! And I’m sorry for rambling on forever.

  19. April 28th, 2013Robert Liparulo say:

    Wow, Kelly, you write so well, for your age or any age. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. If you do read my other books, please let me know what you think. Take care! – Robert

  20. May 14th, 2013Jim Thompson say:

    Great review, Kelly! I want to see what you can do when the fiction-writing-bug bites you.
    Robert, you now have a variety of theme music for your movies, so, what about the movies themselves? Individually, the stories are powerful, but the greater story is more than the sum of the parts.

    Mark’s acid-style suits the House’s sinister side, and would be great background for the action scenes.

    Jonathan’s orchestral theme is perfect for the titles and suspenseful scenes. I can’t imagine how he put them together. Great work, all!

  21. July 20th, 2013beth say:

    the ones by jon m. were awsome- def movie worthy.

  22. July 20th, 2013beth say:

    mr robert,
    your books are very enjoyable. my kids and i started out by listening to the audio version. im glad there were no innuendos or foul language. original, captivating, thrilling. great work! will def check out the rest of your books! thanks!

  23. November 27th, 2016Amanda say:

    Your books continue to make me smile to this day

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When the Kings move to a small town in northern California, they have no idea of the adventures—and terrors—waiting for them. Fifteen-year old Xander and his twelve-year-old brother David make a game of exploring the old Victorian home they move into. One night, they discover an intruder and follow him to a hidden hallway of doors. Each door transports them to far off places in long-ago times.

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