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message 1: by Noah K (new)

Noah K Sturdevant (noahksturdevant) | 173 comments I just wondered if anyone else associates particular songs with books. For example, my brain has paired Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" with Wool, though (view spoiler)

Anyone else?

message 2: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 4265 comments I don't, but I tend to keep music and books fairly separate most of the time. I definitely associate songs with points in my life.

This is kinda related to a previous topic we had, where authors (or fans) release Spotify/iTunes/Rdio/etc playlists for books:

message 3: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 7014 comments Mod
I listened to a lot of Pink Floyd while reading the Dark Tower. I especially associate Shine on You Crazy Diamond with books 1-4.

message 4: by Noah K (new)

Noah K Sturdevant (noahksturdevant) | 173 comments Kind of related, but I'm thinking more of common themes or imagery. Taking the Dark Tower as an example, you may think of Bette Midler's "The Rose."

message 5: by Hed (last edited Aug 29, 2013 12:33AM) (new)

Hed (hedrigall) | 3 comments Queens of the Stone Age's "Mosquito Song" goes perfectly with a particular part of China Miéville's The Scar. The creepy vibe, the lyrics, everything.

message 6: by Buzz (new)

Buzz Park (buzzpark) | 380 comments Great discussion. I don't necessarily associate a specific song or album with the books I'm reading, but I regularly play some sort of "mood music" that acts like a soundtrack for the book. Almost always instrumental, but the music types vary depending upon the book. I have several Pandora, Spotify, and Songza stations that I use on a regular basis.

I even found a Spotify playlist that has movie-trailer style music which is epic and orchestral. Apparently there's a whole sub-genre of music out there for movie trailers and they work well for reading.

Also a lot of new-age music works well, or sometimes I listen to classical when I read my Richard Bolitho British naval novels (similar to Master and Commander, Horatio Hornblower, etc).

Rob, a Pink Floyd playlist would've been PERFECT for the Dark Tower series! Wish I had thought of it at the time! Why the heck didn't you tell me that 4 years ago? Darn you Rob! :-)

I'm going to check out the link that terpkristin posted above as well. Sounds like it is right up my alley.

Generally speaking, I feel like the right soundtrack/playlist can really enhance a book and give almost a multi-media reading experience. :-)

message 7: by LegalKimchi (new)

LegalKimchi | 112 comments I associate things with music but not for good reasons. andrew lloyd webber's evita soundtrack reminds me of the crystal shard because my brother was listening to it nonstop at the time.

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