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When I read I book, I can sometimes get on a one-track mind. Literally EVERYTHING will make me think of the book.
Me: [sees a black notebook] TOM RIDDLE’S DIARY
Me: [smells pasta] MY CHILDREN ARE MAKING PUTTANESCA SAUCE
Me: [sees a hill] A HOBBIT MUST LIVE THERE
Me: [hears a horse whinny] BREEHY-HINNY-BRINNY-HOOHY-HAH
This is an ongoing phenomenon and I do it with basically everything.
So I figured, in my cunning way, why not put my overly obsessive mind to good use and get a blog post out of it?
Thus, the following is a list of songs that I have mentally attached to favorite books of mine. If you have read the books you may find that my song associations are quite insightful, and if you have not, then, well, just read the books already because they are all quite amazing (in my totally unbiased opinion).
“Oblivion” by Bastille for A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
Okay, so I kind of subconsciously inserted a massive Bastille flavor into the fictional band Twice Burgundy that August shares with Beck in the book.
This song is ambiguous and could be taken in a romantic way, but whenever I hear it I think of Beck and his little sister Joey. In my mind I see Beck’s protectiveness of his sister and his hope for her that she won’t grow up to be as scared and broken as he is, and it is so beautiful.
In spite of Joey’s toughness and propensity to want to stab things, she still has a life and an innocence that Beck has lost. Beck wants to save her from all the badness in their lives and take it all on himself so that she can be safe. He is basically the big brother we all need.
Here is a snippet of the lyrics:
Are you going to age without mistakes?
Are you going to age with grace?
Oh only to wake and hide your face,
Is calling out your name
You always take it further,
than I ever can.
Is your heart melting right now, because mine definitely is.
“Brother” by Needtobreathe for The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Obviously there are SO MANY songs that I could associate with The Lord of the Rings, and Needtobreathe might seem like an odd choice. But the fierce bonds between members of the fellowship are really the heart of this story.
From Legolas and Gimli to Merry and Pippin, these characters form attachments that are affectionate and loyal and protective and all the things brother relationships ought to be. Of course Sam and Frodo are the epitome of awesomeness when it comes to that. “Brother” is basically their creed.
I can be the one you call
When you’re low
Brother let me be your fortress
When the night winds are driving on
Be the one to light the way
Bring you home
“Paralyzed” by NF for Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
This song can literally be for anyone who doesn’t know how to face their issues though. It’s a little bit too relatable sometimes.
Orual shuts down emotionally. She buries herself. She is a fierce and formidable queen but she is dying on the inside. She has so much hurt and bitterness that she doesn’t know how to deal with so she convinces herself it doesn’t exist. She numbs herself to everything. SO HEALTHY, I KNOW, I HAVE NEVER DONE THIS.
Hence, NF level angst is in order.
I’m scared to live but I’m scared to die
And if life is pain then I buried mine a long time ago
But it’s still alive
And it’s taking over me- where am I?
I wanna feel something, I’m numb inside
But I feel nothing, I wonder why
And in the race of life time passes by
“Thrive” by Switchfoot for The Giver by Lois Lowry
Talk about suppressing your feelings.
Jonas lives in a community where people don’t have feelings. Not really. The world has learned to trade passion for stability. But when Jonas becomes the Receiver, that starts to change for him. The perfect, safe life he has isn’t enough anymore. And that’s troubling.
“Thrive” is about having a need for more. Life isn’t just about surviving, it’s about living.
I’m always alive, but I’m never in love
I get so down, but I won’t give up
Like voices coming from the inside of me, yeah
Like doing things I find hard to believe in
Am I myself or am I dreaming?
“Things we Lost in the Fire” by Bastille for A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The title kind of speaks for itself, eh?
I picture Lemony Snicket singing this song, after he’s lost everything. He’s on the run, the woman that he loves is gone, the world has gone up in smoke. He has done things he is not proud of. His organization is splintered. Maybe nothing will ever be whole again.
Perfect time for an angsty Bastille song.
Maybe we started this fire
We sat apart and watched
All we had burned on the pyre
(Was it absolutely necessary to steal that sugar bowl from Esmé Squalor???)
The future’s in our hands and we will never be the same again
Tragic man filled with regret right here.
“Soldier” by Fleurie for Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender is a soldier. He’s a commander, actually. He has a brilliant tactical mind and fighting battles is his life. He’s also eleven years old.
Ender wins because it’s all he knows how to do. He was bred for this. It’s the only thing that matters.
But deep down he’s just a broken little kid and he wants to go home. He just doesn’t know where that is. I don’t have emotions about this AT ALL.
“Soldier” is angsty enough to make me think of him.
Soldier keep on marchin’ on
Head down til the work is done
Waiting on that morning sun
Quiet now, you’re gonna wake the beast
Hide your soul out of his reach
Shiver to that broken beat
“Always Gold” by Radical Face and “Hold Her” by For King and Country for Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
I know, this one gets two songs. It’s special.
Joseph and Jack are foster brothers, and they have very different backgrounds. They don’t fully understand each other. But they form a bond that is fierce and loyal.
For me, “Always Gold” is a perfect depiction of their relationship. Some of the details are sightly off, but the essence is the same. And it breaks me.
I’ve never known where you’ve been
There were holes in you
The kind that I could not mend
Right when you left that day
Does everything go away?
Yeah, everything goes away.
So just call when you’re around.
Seriously though, just listen to the whole song. It might give you feelings, especially if you have read Orbiting Jupiter.
“Hold Her” is for Joseph and Jupiter. Or Joseph and Madeleine. Or both. It will break your heart either way. It just will.
But why did we still have to say goodbye?
She’s all alone tonight
There’s nothin’ I could do to make it right
ThERe ARE ToO MAnY EmOtiONS. I am going to cry.
“The Shadow Proves the Sunshine” and “This is Home” by Switchfoot and “Hold Me Now” by Red for The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews
I JUST read this book, so basically all the songs make me think of it right now. All the angsty ones, anyway.
Sam and Avery are brothers, and they are lost. They don’t have anywhere to go. THEY NEED MY HELP.
I mean- They need help. But they are ALONE and DESPERATE and it feels like the world is crashing in around them. There is no way out.
“The Shadow Proves the Sunshine” is a song about finding hope in the darkest of places. It’s about holding on, even when you don’t know what to hold onto.
Crooked souls trying to stay up straight
Dry eyes in the pouring rain
The shadow proves the sunshine
Two scared little runaways
Hold fast to the break of day light where
The shadow proves the sunshine
-“The Shadow Proves the Sunshine,” Switchfoot
I know that “This is Home” is kind of a Prince Caspian song or something, but it is SO PERFECT for Sam. It basically sums up how he feels about the De Laineys. Emotions are inevitable.
Always inside of me
But I can’t go back
Back to how it was
I believe you now
I’ve come too far
No I can’t go back
Back to how it was
“Hold Me Now” is a song about panicking, essentially. It could be for Avery. It could be for Sam. It could be for both of them.
It’s probably for both of them.
They are just two desperate, scared boys who need each other and don’t know how to deal with their emotions, because honestly, who does?
Gravity is taking hold
I will not give up until I see the sun
I am barely breathing
These tired wings are falling
I need you to catch me
MY POOR ABUSED BOYS.
So, yes, this is what I do with my time: obsess over fictional characters and relate them to everything else I am doing.
Clearly this is the only way to listen to music.
What do you think? Have you ever attached random songs to your favorite book characters? If you have read any of these books, do you agree with my song choices? What are some of the songs you have associated with books?