Many authors tend to build the intensity of important scenes in a book by setting the tone with a song. And if a scene is good enough, I would (almost) always grab the closest internet source to listen to the song on YouTube. Most of the time I end up loving the song so much that it creates itself a permanent home in my music library. So I scrolled through my playlist and thought about how the music found its way onto my tablet, picking out those that came from books, this was what I found:
SLAMMED BY COLLEEN HOOVER: I think I mentioned how much I love Colleen Hoover’s books over a hundred times on this space, and Slammed is definitely one of my favourites. This book introduced me to Slam Poetry which was a unique experience on its own; but it also introduced me to The Avett Brothers. Each chapter of the story is introduced with lyrics from their music; and the words truly spoke to me. By this time I’ve already heard about The Avett Brothers but I wasn’t familiar with their work. I am so happy I am now!
FALLING INTO YOU BY JASINDA WILDER: Falling into you is one of my favourite love stories that I have ever read. Because I loved the story as much as I did, the songs that were spoken about in the book became some of my favourite tunes. I fell in love with The Avett Brothers because of Slammed, but Falling into you is the reason my favourite song is I and Love and You. That song set the tone of the book so perfectly for me. I also dug up the good ol’ Simon and Garfunkel track (Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water) because of this book; as well as 99 Problems by Hugo, which is my anthem for Colton who is one of my favourite Book Boyfriends!
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY BY E.L. JAMES: Shock. Horror. Gasp. I read Fifty Shades! I am not here to bash on people’s love for the series because to each his own. But one thing E.L. James got very right, in my opinion, was the music choice. I found some beautiful pieces of music by searching her playlist; and some of my favourite songs were Nelly Furtado’s Try because I was going through something in my own life at the time and I could really relate to the words. The scene where Christian Grey plays the piano and sings Where Ever You Will Go by Charlene Soraia was so beautiful, I get goose bumps whenever I listen to that song.
ROME BY JAY CROWNOVER: Rome wasn’t my favourite book by Jay Crownover, but it did expose me to a song that has been on my playlist ever since I read that book. In this book, Cora uses Twenty Miles by Deer Tick to describe Rome to the readers, and whenever I want to kick back and relax without the boom boom and screeching that comes along with the type of music I normally blast into my ears, I listen to this track.
The list could go on and on, but these were the first books that came to mind when I started writing this post. Each song I’ve mentioned means something special to me, and they’ve remained in my music library for this reason.
What are some of your favourite pieces of music that you came by in a book? Are there any songs on here you can relate to?