TTT: Book Theme Songs

This week, instead of a Music Monday, I am taking the books and music theme from Top Ten Tuesday at the Broke and the Bookish, and using it to feature some of my favorite Music Mondays from the blog.

“Kill Your Heroes” by AWOLNATION/
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 

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“Ribs” by Lorde/
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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“The Way I Loved You” by Taylor Swift/
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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“Once Upon Another Time” by Sara Bareillas/
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

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“Greek Tragedy” by the Wombats/
The Winner’s Curse and the Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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Music Monday: Burn the Pages

“Burn the Pages” by Sia

You’re dark grey like a storm cloud
Swelling up with rage that is desperate to be let out
And I know it’s a heavy load carrying those tears around
Carrying those fears around, worry makes the world go round

You’re twisted up like a slipknot
Tied by a juicehead who just took his T-shot, and I know
There’s a hungry dog tugging at your frayed ends
But he’s just playing with you, he just wants to be your friend

So don’t worry, don’t worry I’m here by your side
By your side, by your side
We’re letting go tonight!

Yesterday is gone and you will be OK
Place your past into a book, burn the pages
Let ’em cook oh
Yesterday is dead and gone and so today
Place your past into a book, burn the pages
Let ’em cook

Eyes stinging from the black smoke, new hope
Loose rope, risen from the undertow
All is well
We welcome the cry, of the dark night sky
Swallow me peacefully, follow my heart back inside

So don’t worry, don’t worry I’m here by your side
By your side, by your side
We’re letting go tonight!

Yesterday is gone and you will be OK
Place your past into a book, burn the pages
Let ’em cook oh
Yesterday is dead and gone and so today
Place your past into a book, burn the pages
Let ’em cook

Don’t worry, don’t worry I’m here by your side
By your side, by your side
We’re letting go tonight!

Yesterday is gone and you will be OK
Place your past into a book, burn the pages
Let ’em cook oh
Yesterday is dead and gone and so today
Place your past into a book, burn the pages
Let ’em cook

Re Jane by Patricia Park

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This retake on Jane Eyre was probably one of the most underrated novels of last year. I really enjoyed the spin Park took on Jane. She is just as present and interesting as Bronte’s. The original Jane Eyre is already pretty feminist for the time. Park’s Jane is more makes it even more modern, even it set in the early 2000s. Jane had to come of age and find her voice. She’s saying goodbye to yesterday, and definitely burning the pages behind her.

Music Monday: Icarus

“Icarus” by Bastille

Look who’s digging their own grave
That is what they all say
You’ll drink yourself to death

Look who makes their own bed
Lies right down within it
And what will you have left?

Out on the front doorstep
Drinking from a paper cup
You won’t remember this

Living beyond your years
Acting out all their fears
You feel it in your chest

Your hands protect the flames
From the wild winds around you

Icarus is flying too close to the sun
And Icarus’s life, it has only just begun
It’s just begun

Standing on the cliff face
Highest fall you’ll ever grace
It scares me half to death

Look out to the future
But it tells you nothing
So take another breath

Your hands protect the flames
From the wild winds around you

Icarus is flying too close to the sun
And Icarus’s life, it has only just begun
And this is how it feels to take a fall
Icarus is flying towards an early grave

You put up your defenses when you leave
You leave because you’re certain
Of who you want to be

You’re putting up your armor when you leave
And you leave because you’re certain
Of who you want to be, oh

Icarus is flying too close to the sun
And Icarus’s life, it has only just begun
This is how it feels to take a fall
Icarus is flying towards an early grave

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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To be fair, basically everything makes me think of A Little Life right now. “Once Upon Another Time” by Sara Barellias, and already claimed by If I Stay also comes to mind. I could really probably curate an entire playlist just for this book.

However, the push behind Bastille’s “Icarus” brings the book forward into my mind whenever it comes on my iPod. The opening offers plenty of opportunities of flashes of the life our boys. The music itself is haunting. And the lyrics are honest and blunt about the reality of someone living on the edge, without feeling too judgmental.

Jude is active in everything he does. He knows who he is and what he wants, no matter how misguided he may sometimes be. He knows he is playing with fire, sometimes literally, but that is what he wants. He wants the early grave; he never expected anything else. And the lyrics also speak to JB’s experience. Malcolm and Willem, no matter how hard they try, never have the control of the situation they’d like.

Other songs: “Iscariot” by Walk the Moon, “Say the Words” by Morgan James, “Once Upon Another Time” by Sara Bareilles, “Heroes Die” by Ronnie Day

 

Music Monday: Where the Devil Don’t Go

“Where the Devil Don’t Go” by Elle King

I discovered Elle King this year, and fell in love. Her music is gritty, fun, and spot on. Here entire album, Love Stuff, is golden.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Black’s latest novel features her signature edgy characters and sinister undertones. And while her worlds aren’t places I would want to visit in real life, there is a vibrant life to them. King’s “Where the Devil Don’t Go” is dark, while still having the pulsing forward motion of Black’s novel. And these characters are on a mission. And there will likely be blood involved. These aren’t goodie two-shoes characters, and I could definitely see this as Hazel’s theme song. And the fae of Black’s novels are definitely devils of a sort. Incidentally, I would also consider this an excellent song for a Supernatural fanvid.

Music Monday: Young and Beautiful

“Young and Beautiful” by Lana del Rey

House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Do you remember what you said to me once? That you could help me only by loving me? Well-you did love me for a moment; and it helped me. It has always helped me.

Yes, “Young and Beautiful” was claimed by the Great Gatsby. It was the star of the soundtrack. But, when I hear it, I can’t help thinking of Lily Bart. Here is a woman who has seen the world. She’s held it, and society, in the palm of her hand. But time is passing. And with every day she’s facing the fact that she’s aging, and there are new young, beautiful girls. And she’s an unmarried woman, a dependent in so many ways. She knows how to play the game. But she’s trying to figure out who actually loves her for her. She’s conflicted, and her veneer is beginning to break. And she’s definitely got an “aching soul.”

This novel remains Edith Wharton at her best, and you should gobble it up. Read my further review here.