music as books as music as books as music as books

In a warped form of synesthesia*, I find that certain music can make me immediately recall certain characters or passages from particular books. Sometimes the books make a point of describing a type of soundtrack that plays on repeat as I read, sometimes I associate a character with a type of music - and sometimes it makes almost no sense. David Grey's Babylon makes me think immediately of Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's not an exceptionally fitting soundtrack for the epic tale, but I read those books in a manic few months of high school with David Grey playing on constant, chronic rotation. Coupled with the movies' intense visuals, This Year's Love brings to mind New Zealand ice caps almost instantaneously .

Below, a roughly-drawn sketch of some music that I will identify with particular books. This is not definitive and I'd really be more comfortable if we all acknowledged that this is a personal and even bizarre collection of meaningful associations - they'd be different for different people to an infinite degree of variability.  In any case, let's have some fun!

  • David Grey, Babylon <--> Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkein
  • Amos Lee, Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight <--> Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare
  • Wilco, I am Trying to Break Your Heart <--> Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
  • Bob Dylan, Don't Think Twice, it's Alright <--> A Good Man is Hard To Find, Flannery O'Conner
  • Bob Marley <--> A Brief History of Seven Killings (this one is obvious, I guess.), by Marlon James
  • Cut Copy, Need you Now <--> Social Work textbooks.  
  • Frank Sinatra, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning <--> Marjorie Morningstar,  Herman Wouk
  • LCD Soundsystem, All I Want <--> The Last Policeman, Ben Winters
  • Lou Reed, Perfect Day <-->  "The Cremation of Sam McGee," by Robert W. Service

That's it for now, but this list is infinite.  Let me know if you have any books associated with songs or characters or just good feelings because why not. 


*I recognize this actually in no way resembles synesthesia.