I recently realised something. I often try to find music that reflects the books or characters I enjoy. Which led me to this idea for a blogpost. People who love music and people who love to read, (or do both), have an awful lot in common. Books, and everything related, often serve as inspiration for many songwriters. I’m sure these songs inspired by literature are but a handful of wonderful music out there.
1. Kate Bush “Wuthering Heights”
Written from the perspective of Emily Brontë’s character Catherine Earnshaw in her unique take on the classic novel Wuthering Heights. “Heathcliff, it’s me, Cathy." Is an ode to the windy moors in which the novel is set.
2. The Beatles “Paperback Writer”
Lennon and McCartney channel the voice of a struggling author writing to a possible editor. In the song’s opening lyric, the writer asks, “dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?” The struggles of an author are apparent in this catchy song.
3. Alt-J “Breezeblocks”
Asking, “do you know where the wild things go?” and ending the song with, “please don’t go, I’ll eat you whole, I love you so” Alt-J's atmospheric pop-hit is just as moving as Maurice Sendak’s lovely novel.
4. Vampire Weekend “Oxford Comma”
An infectious tune from Vampire Weekend, book lovers and music lovers rejoice! “Oxford Comma” is indie-pop at it's best.
5. Jay-Z “$100 Bill”
Written for the Great Gatsby film Jay-Z’s use of Gatsby references is obvious. The song is a blend of movie dialogue between Gatsby and Nick Carraway and mainly focuses on today's problems with consumerism. A great song none the less.
6. Florence and the Machine "Wish that you were Here".
This song was for the Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children film soundtrack. It is so haunting and suits the film perfectly. This film is actually taken from the Miss Peregrine's book Trilogy written by Ransom Riggs, I would highly recommend!
7. Lana Del Rey's song 'Body Electric' has the same name and is partly inspired by the poem by Walt Whitman. A beautiful song and even better that it is inspired by a poem.