In today’s overstimulated world there are a plethora of ways to consume beautiful (and not so beautiful) art. One of the most spectacular ways to let great works of art soak in is when they are synergized. More than a hand full of celebrated musicians have written songs about novels. Our social media fans helped me put together this list of music-meets-literature: the sounds of good writing.
In “Love in the Library” Jimmy Buffet sings a book-lovers dream love story:
Love in the library Quiet and cool
Love in the library
There are no rules
Surrounded by stories
Surreal and sublime
I fell in love in the library
Once upon a time
The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, has a song called “The Ghost of Tom Joad” about the hero of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Mumford and Sons also have a song inspired by this character and novel, it’s called “Dustbowl Dance.”
Hayley Williams, Paramore’s lead singer is a huge Twilight fan and said: “Twilight is the first series of books I’ve ever read. I didn’t get into the Harry Potter series, even though I love the movies. Twilight really caught my attention and held it. I’m really excited to see the book adapted to film and excited that our band gets to be a part of the phenomenon. I chose the title “Decode” because the song is about the building tension, awkwardness, anger and confusion between Bella and Edward. Bella’s mind is the only one which Edward can’t read and I feel like that’s a big part of the first book and one of the obstacles for them to overcome. It’s one added tension that makes the story even better.”
The Beatles are most famous for their heartthrob love songs. But When Paul McCartney’s aunt asked him to write a non-love song, they chose to write about books. (How cool is that?). The song’s lyrics are written in the form of a letter from an aspiring author addressed to a publisher. We love the idea of “Paperback Writer.”
What are your favorite songs about books?