As with most introverted personalities I know, listening to music while trying to concentrate is more of a hindrance than a help. The only sounds that won’t distract my mind as I type away or cuddle up with a good book are Classical. Any song that contains words buries itself inside my mind and fights for the attention of my imagination. I’m easily distracted.
That said, I still have moments when – listening to music on my way to work or at night before sleep – where I hear a song and think of it’s novel counterpart. The following are a selection of books I have enjoyed and the songs I associate with them.
Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood/The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – – Jolene by Dolly Parton & Stuck Together Pieces by Atoms for Peace
You can have anything that you want / Except the thing you really want.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Days by The Kinks
Thank you for the days / Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me / I’m thinking of the days / I won’t forget a single day, believe me.
Fifty Shades of Feminism – Nana was a Suffragette
Nana was a suffragette, it’s as if she’s still alive / Nana was a suffragette, their voices still survive / Singing “Votes for women, is just a beginning, you haven’t seen anything yet” / Oh, Nana was a suffragette.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – She’s Not There by Santana
Ooh, nobody told me about her. What could I do? / Well, no one told me about her though they all knew.
The Easter Parade by Richard Yates – Beyond Belief by Elvis Costello
So in this almost empty gin palace / Through a two-way looking glass you see your Alice.
God Ask Alice by Anon – White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
When the men on the chessboard get up / And tell you where to go / And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom / And your mind is moving low / Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know.
Rory of Fourth Street Review does some fantastic Literary Mixtapes from which I was also inspired to write this post – go visit!