Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Songs I Wish Were Novels

I've decided to jump on board with Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is: songs we wish were books.

I love listening to music while I read, so there are literally tons of songs and artists I've linked to memories of reading certain books (John Mellencamp and Stephen King) or of certain times in my reading history (Counting Crows and anything I read in high school). Certain music is perfect for certain genres and a lot of songs I've loved throughout the years would make great inspiration for novels. Here are ten-ish off the top of my head (I'm linking videos where I can):

1 & 2. Just Like Heaven and Lullaby by The Cure  - I love these songs. Love them. I imagine Just Like Heaven as a contemporary romance that's sweet, charming, and full of British humor. (This could easily apply to Mint Car as well.) Lullaby on the other hand would be a horror novel. It has to be. I want it to be! (I'm a big fan of The Cure, this could be a whole TTT full of their songs, but I'll stop here.)

3. Um pretty much anything by Counting Crows - Mr. Jones could be a total bromance about a wild night of partying, American Girls I see as a bit of Crazy/Beautiful, then there's Mrs. Potter's Lullaby and Recovering the Satellites...

4 & 5. Heavy in Your Arms and Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine and  - Flo's songs all kind of sound like books anyway, so it's really hard to pick just one. These two would be my top two picks, though. And they'd be dark! Cosmic Love would have an epic fantasy or possibly fairy tale element to it, too.

6. So I'm addicted to My Chemical Romance and considering they've done two concept albums (Black Parade and Danger Days) that would both make great inspirations for books, it's really hard to narrow it down to one song here too! Their videos are super cinematic so I can't help but be influenced by them. Black Parade would be a dark, gothic tale set in a world based specifically on the Welcome to the Black Parade video. While Danger Days would be a futuristic dystopian inspired by the world set forth in the videos for Na Na Na and Sing (sorry I can't find an unedited Na Na Na this morning). (BTW that extra song on the Black Parade album is totally perfect soundtrack for Stephen King's "Little Sisters of Eluria.")

7. Beast by Nico Vega practically screams for a book. It'd be disturbing and bleak for sure, a post apocalyptic dystopian maybe. Dystopian for sure (no, I'm not tired of them). One with a kick ass heroine worthy of Aja Volkman's insane vocal chords!

8. I Believe by Nico Vega - this one gets it's own instead of a pairing because it's SOOOO different from the other one. Equally fabulous but much more light. This one would be a fabulous feel good read!

9. For an imploding relationship read, Wild Child's Pillow Talk would be absolutely heartbreaking. On the other hand, their Someone Else would be a more comedic failed relationship tale. Depends on what mood you're in.

10. And finally (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To by Weezer - a total feel good romantic comedy about a super cool nerdy guy falling in love :)


Wendy said...

That's funny, that we both chose the Weezer song. I haven't actually seen videos for most of the songs I picked, but I'm sure that in many cases, it would influence the story a song suggests.

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense said...

Florence and the Machine! Yes, ever song is like a little story. Lovely to see what kind of music we all enjoy!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Florence and the Machine and MCR - love to see books of their music! :)

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