(formerly known as reading with sound)

In the vein of Rory’s Mix Tapes, (formerly known as reading with sound) is my sporadic examination of music that [in my crazy mind] pairs itself with what I have read. I can’t think of a decent name for these posts, so for now they will be the post equivalent of Prince until I muster the energy to work it out.


A Room with a View by E.M. ForsterBeethoven! I am not knowledgeable enough to pick a piece, so enjoy what I can only assume is the classical version of a mash up.

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBrideZombie by The Cranberries ‘but you see, it’s not me, it’s not my family. In your head, in your head they are fighting’

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel ShriverMaxwell’s Silver Hammer by The Beatles Bang, bang, Maxwell’s silver hammer came down upon her head. Bang, bang, Maxwell’s silver hammer made sure that she was dead’ – I feel a little dirty for making light of a serious situation, but sometimes in the darkest moments you need to laugh.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette WintersonSearch for the Hero by M People But it’s then, then that faith arrives to make you feel at least alive, and that’s why you should keep on aiming high, just seek yourself and you will shine.’

A Good School by Richard YatesGood Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day It’s something unpredictable, but in the end that’s right, I hope you had the time of your life.’

Bizarre London: Discover the Capital’s Secrets & SurprisesStreets of London by Ralph McTell So how can you tell me you’re lonely, and say for you that the sun don’t shine? Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London, I’ll show you something to make you change your mind.’


Got any of your own?

10 thoughts on “(formerly known as reading with sound)

  1. Oh I like the title, I think you should keep it, it’s fun 🙂 And I like the post idea, too.

    I don’t tend to pair music with books, but sometimes a particular sentence might put a song in my head that’s relevant (it’s pretty boring, really, as it’s caused simply by sentences being similar to a lyric). I can’t think of any at the moment, but I might have to jot some down in future and think about it as you have. It’s an interesting idea.


  2. Damn, I know there are songs that are linked to books in my mind, but I can’t think of any right now! All I can think of are the really obvious things, like the Jim Moray “Early One Morning” that Patrick Ness said was what he had in mind when he wrote The Knife of Never Letting Go.


    1. When I started this post I thought, oh this will be easy (I already had my choice for Forster)…. then my mind went blank as punishment. It took me getting back into my music collection to find inspiration.


  3. Now I have to read A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing because I absolutely love Zombie by The Cranberries.

    I love Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, I would pair it with NOS4A2 by Joel Hill, but I it with Kevin too. That song is working extra hard today.


  4. Although I haven’t read any of these, I like how you pair the music with them. I don’t usually pair music with books either (like Charlie). I rarely listen to music while reading. If I do, it’s usually in the electronic, instrumental vein. Definitely no words to distract me from the words I’m reading.


    1. I don’t listen to music when I read either, unless it’s classical – I find the lyrics distracting too. There is something fun about pairing the music I like with the books I read. Although as I tend to listen to a song till I’m sick of it, and that can take a while, it isn’t something I can do often.


  5. The post equivalent of Prince. Haha, love it.

    I have actually never been quite able to pair up music to books. I guess I just don’t listen to music enough to really think about it? But still, it’s always fun to see what others come up with!

    I haven’t read any of these books, nor heard most of these songs, but the second I saw that Green Day one it was playing in my head haha. It makes me want to read the book you paired it up with!


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