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Vanishing Act author David MacGregor has developed a companion soundtrack to accompany the book. "I like to do things a little differently. When I wrote the story I could see it as a movie in my head. Movies all have soundtracks now, don't they? It's a way of sharing the experience. And, like I said. It's fun."

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Norah Jones.

Laid back jazz to get the ball rolling. The little fishing boat KaiMoana is heading out across the bar. Jimi Tamaki looks back to the east as the sun comes up and he thinks about his life in Kawhiamatu. Scale of 1-5 (1=hate it. 5=love it).


Carla Bruni.

Sexy, exotic and all just a little bit over the top. Dr Hinemoa O'Reilly is all of these things. Young, intelligent and telegenic in the extreme. She travels the world in a superyacht that has been converted to a latter-day Calypso, part dive expedition, part floating movie studio. Light and upbeat. Could the French influence be an homage to Jacques Cousteau. Perhaps…? Scale of 1-5. You know the drill.


Jack Johnson,

The surfer musician. Laid back, too cool for school. Maybe a little like Jimi. You'll see the irony of including some of J.J's sounds when you meet Daniella McBride, the long limbed fashion model (but I don't want to give too much of the game away…)


Crowded House,
Fall at your feet.

What is the connection here. Well, aside from the Kiwi connection (I know, I know… the Aussies claim Crowded House as their own, but really, we know better don't we?). Could the title reference media mogul Ted Buscolli's feelings about Hine. Or could it be his feelings for the almighty dollar? Or something else entirely. Cat remains in bag on that one, sorry. Live and acoustic version by the way.


Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg.
Je t'aime mois non plus.

A slightly surreal inclusion. Kind of sexy. Makes an unexpected appearance in the book. Tres Cool. I think so. You?


Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.

How could I write a book about the ocean and not include a song about fish. Well, not all the weird fish in the book swim. Take Des Bramwell for example. Minister of Fisheries. Or the four Portugese seamen. Or Maori protester Willy Ihimaki? I don't think you'd find a stranger cast swimming in the darkness around a hot plume a the bottom of the Mariana trench - though you might find them swimming about the hot plume of media attention and money.


Robert Plant & Alison Krauss.
Gone, Gone, Gone.

'Some sunny day baby when everything seems ok baby, you'll wake up and find that your alone. Cause I'll be gone. Gone, gone, gone.Really gone. Gone, gone, gone. Cause you done me wrong." I was wrapping things up in the book when I got this track. Spooky. It kind of neatly ties up the strands. Upbeat and fun. What do you think?

We'll stop there for now. I'm looking forward to comparing notes with you. David MacGregor.



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