Yes – literature rocks indeed! In college, I studied English Literature – mainly because I fell in love with the written word (especially composition). There’s just something magical about bringing seemingly random words together, and forming a coherent, and even a beautiful sentence. While my love for music stems even further back, my love for literature certainly fortified and strengthened said love. I focus a great deal on what any given song says because of my love for literature – both text and subtext. But I digress.
Many a musician has also fallen in love with the written word – or at least one peice of literature. Music, particularly rock and pop genres, are littered with references to Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Jack Kerouac, and oh so many more. If you follow this blog regularly, you might remember I mention a song about Sylvia Plath in my artist exploration of Belle & Sebastian. Music finds so much influence from literature – poetry, short stories, and even novels. I dedicate this playlist to those songs – the songs that show that Literature rocks! Or pops, or countries, or…you get the point.
A few notes – almost all of these songs have a direct link to one or more specific pieces of literature. A notable example, “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” by The Decemberists. However, I see that song as an interpretation of Moby Dick – maybe with a little Pinocchio thrown in for effect.
You’ll also notice I include the controversial song, “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones. If this offends you – go read “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov. Why? Because that’s what the song is actually about!!! Ok – breathe Aaron. It’s only a piece of literature. An amazing piece of literature that everyone should read! I need to re-read it actually. Why? Because it rocks!
Enjoy the Playlist! And read something amazing this week.
Literature rocks the whole week!
Yes – it is literary appreciation week here at AudioPerfecta. Come back tomorrow, when we examine a musical piece of literature. What’s a musical piece of literature you ask? Basically a musical piece of literature is an album (or at least group of songs) that tell a compelling narrative. Tommy by the Who might be the most famous, but there’s got to be tens of thousands of examples (I might not be exaggerating here).
In this case – we’ll be examining the Pedro the Lion album “Winners Never Quit” (2000). How does the album apply today? Does it predict the future, or does it date itself in the past? Come back tomorrow and find out!