The rock group Meat Puppets has a song that is pretty much the epitome of comfy hobbit life in the Shire. Continue reading “Songs for Every Book: Hobbits and Meat Puppets”
If rock music had been around in the 18th century, Mr. Knightley would have been majorly jamming to this song in his frustration over Emma.
She just can’t seem to get it in her head that he loves HER, not, Harriet! How could she possibly be so blind??
The Bots just get it: Continue reading “Songs for Every Book: A Rock Star Version of Mr. Knightley”
If tragedies were dark chocolate, Hamlet would be 87% cacao — at least!
Starting with Scene 1, Hamlet’s dad is murdered, his mom marries his evil uncle, and Hamlet himself sends off his childhood buddies to be murdered. Casual. At the end basically everyone dies, including Hamlet and his love interest, Ophelia (…AND his mom AND his uncle AND Polonius AND you get the idea).
For me, Ophelia’s suicide by drowning is one of the most tragic deaths of the play, though. While all the deaths are truly awful, she’s more of a bystander than actively embroiled in all the nasty craziness. She’s doing her best, but can you imagine watching your boyfriend go insane and then hearing that said boyfriend killed your dad??
But what if Ophelia pulled through? Continue reading “Songs for Every Book: An Alternative Happy Ending for Ophelia”
Rubblebucket is an alternative rock group who recently came out with a song with major Catherine Earnshaw vibes. “If U C My Enemies” has a lot in common with her frenzied, mentally unstable state just before her death in Emily Brontë’s classic novel, Wuthering Heights.
It may not be new music, but I’ve recently discovered Indiana’s album “No Romeo” from 2015 (so hey, it’s new to me, alright?). There’s just something about her hypnotizing voice and driving electronic beats… Admittedly it took me awhile to dig them but now I’m seriously hooked.
Anyways, the lyrics to the first song off the album sound just like the monster singing to Victor Frankenstein after he refuses to build him a wife. (Side note: I always wonder when I come across these similarities whether it was purposeful on the part of the artist. I mean, you never know…)
Let’s look at a few of the lyrics, shall we? Continue reading “Songs for Every Book: Frankenstein and Indiana”
“Chemistry” off of Arcade Fire’s latest album “Everything Now” is a) super catchy and b) intriguingly similar to both the phantom from Phantom of the Opera and Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. Continue reading “Songs for Every Book: Arcade Fire and The Phantom of the Opera”
“Songs for Every Book” is a series bringing you songs that could have been sung by (or about) your favorite book characters.
I’ve recently come to the fascinating and exciting discovery that Adele’s hit “When We Were Young” has a lot in common with The Great Gatsby. More specifically, it sounds like the singer could be Daisy Buchanan herself! But let’s go to the lyrics: Continue reading “Songs for Every Book: The Great Gatsby and Adele”
Sure, the song itself mentions Juliet at one point. But have you ever thought about how the song really does mimic Shakespeare’s play in certain ways? Continue reading “Romeo and Juliet in Top 40 Music”
Because this song reminds me of two different characters I decided to present both. You can choose which one appeals to you more, turning the music into a “choose your own adventure” of sorts. As always, I love hearing about what other characters the music reminds you of in the comments section so please feel free to share!
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Jane Eyre (Option 1)
and Anna Karenina (Option 2)
“Alone” by Heart is a lot like Continue reading “Songs for Every Book: Les Misérables and Old School Rock”