The Lipstick Trace Playlist – “Smarter” (Eisley) & “Don’t Stop Me Now” (Queen)


In this the last of the Lipstick Trace Character Analysis we have our final character, Rosalyn Lyden. Rosalyn is a character similar to Quincy, in that her father didn’t show her love. But that is where the similarities end. Rosalyn recognized early her own worth and didn’t brood on her father’s shortcomings. A song that has continuously represented Rosalyn to me is “Smarter” from Eisley.  Most specifically, these lyrics :

“Even though I miss you, I’m thankful
Its obvious that this war was futile
So put your hands together and clap for
The painful choice you’ve made ’cause it’s right

I’m smarter than you
I’m smarter than you think
I’m smarter than you
I’m smarter than you think

You are the narcissist
You’re everything you saw in me”

Rosalyn is highly intelligent, but she does have her flaws. Because of an uncommon medical condition, she has the appearance of a woman on the outside, but her chromosomes are those of a male. This real condition is called Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (More Available Here) and causes dating to be very difficult for her. She is somewhat shunned by others, similar to our other characters. However, this does not stop her from having a childlike & playful spirit to those she does call friends.

Queen, a band you may have heard of, has a song that fits her in my eyes. “Don’t Stop Me Now” is Rosalyn’s battle song.

“I’m a shooting star leaping through the sky
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I’m a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I’m gonna go go go
There’s no stopping me”

Rosalyn becomes the person in the story that everyone goes to when there’s a problem, though only one year older than everyone else, she has duality in her ability to be childish, and then to see things from an older point of view. Rosalyn is one of my favorites, because she may be closest to me in the way that we behave. When she loves, it’s done, she’s yours.

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Smarter – Eisley

Dont Stop Me Now – Queen


The Lipstick Trace Playlist – “Teenage Dream” (Katy Perry) & “Forget My Name” (New Found Glory)


In the 3rd of 4 entries, we look at the music that helped influence Alice Mendell, our main love interest for both Quincy & William at one point in the story. Though seemingly untouchable, Alice is struggling with issues that neither boy realize at first. Her own circle of friends is teetering on the edge of a precipice, and when that group fell apart, Alice is left to find out who she really is when the people she thought who cared about her are gone.

Alice is a person who struggles with being uppity, she is used to being spoiled and pampered and like Quincy & William she is an only child. In the dynamic of our single child syndrome (so far) we have seen a relatively well cared for character, a terribly near neglected character, and then we have Alice at the complete other end. Like the Denslies, Mr & Mrs Mendell love their daughter intensely. And unlike Mr & Mrs Abrams, the Mendells are also actively involved in Alice’s life.

Alice has a terrible time with demanding acceptance, despite her popularity, she in many ways feels alone. She has two very good friends, Jenna Tillman & Valerie Fallon; but neither of them are able to help her overcome her dangerous obsession with men who are bad for her. When Anorexia/Bulimia resurfaces in the life of her friends, she feels her sense of control fleeing from her and she is forced to make one of the first truly adult decisions of her life in choosing what is best for her friend, even if it means losing that friend forever. So much of Alice’s struggle is encapsulated in a New Found Glory Song – “Forget My Name”.

“Can you tell
That I’m losing myself
I think I’m trying too hard to
Let it show
To let you know
Don’t trace your footsteps back to me”

Along with,

“And if I had the chance
To do it all again
I wouldn’t expect anything less
And if I had the chance
To do it all again
I wouldn’t expect
I wouldn’t expect anything less”

This song is at the pulse of who Alice is when this story begins, she is a socialite princess falling from a very high pedestal, and she learns the hardest lesson.


And then Quincy happens, and Alice begins to accept that she is a good person, and worthy of respect and love. Though things do not work out with her & William, she finds many things that she needs in the boy she previously detested. Through the course of a few years, Quincy is able to richly befriend Alice. Whenever I think of their young love, it is “Teenage Dream” that comes to my mind.

“You think I’m pretty without any make-up on
You think I’m funny when I tell the punch line wrong
I know you get me, so I let my walls come down, down
Before you met me, I was all right
But things were kinda heavy, you brought me to life”
Quincy was the transfer student, he was the catalyst that changed William’s & Alice’s life. He brought them to life, and Alice couldn’t help but fall so deeply for him as he represented many things she could not openly do herself.
Alice is one of my favorites in my stories, she has a hard burden despite having what so many consider to be “all the right things” ; money, loving parents, popularity. Despite having all of this, her happiness could not come to fruition until she met Quincy.
Read all about Alice on May 20th 2016 in my Debut Novel, Lipstick Trace.
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Katy Perry – Teenage Dream