I haven’t done a Sunday Shuffle in ages, and then I saw a (relatively) recent blog post that reminded me about them. Louise at Foxes & Fairytales did the Playlist Book Tag. That tag only has two “rules”:
- Set your playlist on random
- Pick a book to go with the songs that come on at random
You don’t have to explain yourself, you don’t have to tag anyone, just have fun! (So, while I’m not tagging anyone, if you decide to do this, please ping me so that I can see what you came up with. Also, Alex @ Paperback Piano, this sounds like it might be your kind of fun since it involves music. I’m not tagging you, but wanted to be sure you saw it.)
Anyway, here’s a few songs randomly shuffled on my playlist, and the book that song most makes me think of. 6 seems about right. I got that far without deciding it was too hard, and didn’t want to push it. 😉 I haven’t always read the book in question, either.
1. Tick-Tock (Mariya Yaremchuk) ~ The Bear and the Nightingale (Katherine Arden)
This is song from the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. (If you haven’t seen Eurovision, check out some videos of the competition. They’re often amazing.) There are a lot of ways I could be inspired by this song — the singer, the on-stage performance, the song title, the lyrics — but the thing I always think of first with this one is that it’s the Ukrainian entry for that year. (The human-sized hamster wheel onstage is always the second thing I think of.) Ukraine makes me think of Russia, and that makes me think of Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale even though I haven’t read it yet.
2. Sign O’ the Times (Prince) ~ Timebound (Rysa Walker)
I’m not super-familiar with a lot of Prince’s music, so this song doesn’t really have any memories for me. Based on the lyrics, though, time and time travel were what came to mind. And with that came the cover of a book that I think is stunning (even though I wasn’t nearly as thrilled with the book itself).
3. I Go To Extremes (Billy Joel) ~ Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Okay… this link might be a little weird. Bear with me. To me, Billy Joel = piano. Always. And the most recent place I can recall reading about pianos in books is Jane Austen. Well, the Austen book (which I’ve read) that most clearly emphasizes some of those “extremes” mentioned in the song title is Pride & Prejudice.
4. Same Heart (Mei Finegold) ~ Heart’s Blood (Gail Dayton)
This is also from the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest (I have 10 or so years worth of ESC music to choose from, so I don’t know why the ones in this shuffle are both from the same year) but I have nothing beyond the song itself that this one calls to mind. And for some reason, the first book I thought of was a steampunk romance.
5. Love Is Here To Stay (Harry Connick, Jr.) ~ The Princess Diarist (Carrie Fisher)
This song was used in “When Harry Met Sally,” and I have very fond memories of that movie. These days it usually makes me think of Carrie Fisher, because she was in it, and that leads to her audiobooks — specifically, in this case, her final one.
6. It’s All In Your Head (Diamond Rio) ~ 11/22/63 (Stephen King)
So the lyrics to this song include these lines:
It’s been revealed to me down deep in my soul
There were two shooters on the grassy knoll
We never walked on the moon
Elvis ain’t dead
You ain’t going crazy
It’s all in your head
I think, given that second line, it should be no surprise at all that my first thought was King’s book centered around the JFK assassination.
Okay, so I didn’t have to explain anything, but I felt like it so I did. Have a great Sunday! I hope your day includes some awesome music.