I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s… Music and Books! This week, I’ve created my own music and books topic. So here’s presenting…
🌈 Top Ten Songs inspired by Books/Film Adaptions 🌈
Yeah, it’s a bit of a mouthful sorry! I’ve never been great at titles. When I first read this TTT, I balked a bit as I don’t really associate music and books in my mind. I love books and music individually but while I’m a pretty good reader, my musical talents leave a lot to be desired. Eventually, I did manage to find a link between the two and I’ve come to the conclusion more songs should be based on books. Go make it happen music people!
The Jungle Book Soundtrack
This is one of the best Disney soundtracks out there. Really, there isn’t a bad song. My personal favourite ‘I Wanna be Like You’ has me bopping along and I think Baloo is absolutely hilarious at the end.
Inspired by: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
I have a love/hate relationship with ‘Bright Eyes.’ If you’ve seen the Watership Down film, you know it’s pretty harrowing and I LOVED little bunnies as a kid. My brother and father used to sing this song at me to tease me because they knew I’d get upset thinking about bunny deaths (tchh, boys!) I finally read Watership Down last year and the song encapsulates the heartbreak, the hope and fragility of life in the warren.
Inspired by: Watership Down by Richard Adams
Ahhh, love sick teenagers! This song captures it so well. I adored the Romeo + Juliet as a child and of course, the play is incredible. It holds a special place for me as it’s one of the first of Shakespeare’s that I read/studied in school; the beginning of a love affair with Mr.S.
Inspired by: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Lord of the Rings Soundtrack
This music. That speech.
Inspired by: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
Walking in the Air
The Snowman is a family tradition at our house at Christmas (as I expect it is in most British households) and it always ends with someone bawling. If you haven’t seen it, stop what you’re doing and go watch it now (I’ll wait.) The film has beautiful music throughout but as a ‘silent movie’ the first words we hear uttered are in this song. And what a song! It’s so full of imagination and joy and all things wonderful about being a child. Just magical.
Inspired by: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
My mum used to play this on cassette (lol) in our car and I liked listening to it for one reason; it had my name in it. But, in time, I realised how fantastic Kate Bush is and realised I liked the song for reasons other than my name. I think the song, and Kate Bush, are a lot like Wuthering Heights, the novel. It’s highly divisive. Many people can’t stand it and others wax lyrical about it. It’s difficult to come at and is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. It’s raw and mystical and makes you listen and think about things you’ve never really thought about. Their innovation and artistic bravery is why I consider them one of my favourite authors and musicians.
Inspired by: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
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Even though I approached this Top Ten with trepidation, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it! Please comment and leave a link to your TTT in the comments!