mixed up monday: page turner playlist

on 07-09-2012

Before I dreamed of being a writer, I wanted to be a reader. Not an editor, reviewer or agent — those words weren’t even in my orbit when I was devouring FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER and A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. And if they had been, they wouldn’t have made the mark. I didn’t want to edit, critique or promote — just let each page turn pull me deeper into another world.

 

And if my dream job ever lead to a promotion, it would have been to “summer reader.” My responsibilities? Diving  headfirst into  book after book with the wild abandon that mirrors the season at hand.

 

This summer, I am truly in heaven as a co-founder of theBOOKPROJECT, the book club and literary social that’s a  prototype for a national movement. It’s a thrill to  serve up eclectic reading experiences and see bookworms of all ages gather for raucous discussions followed by cocktails with friends old and new.

 

My book brain has definitely been on overdrive, and I started jotting down songs sparked by books — characters, storylines, places, authors. And then, I found added a few songs that inspired books.

 

The result? Pages of music that will provide you with hours of literary listening pleasure. Consider this playlist of 25 page-turning songs to be the first of many chapters to come.

 

Now it’s time to settle into your hammock/ beach chair/ summer relaxation spot of choice and click on the photo below to tune in. And don’t forget to grab a book.

mixed up monday: page turner playlist

Myla Goldberg {THE BEE SEASON, THE FALSE FRIEND}

The Decemberists – Song for Myla Goldberg

Eugene Henderson – HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow

Counting Crows – Rain King

Holden Caufield – CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

Green Day – Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?

1984 by George Orwell

Cockney Rejects – 1984

CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

{with “non-fiction” origins}

The Who – Magic Bus – Original Stereo Version

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – White Rabbit

Rhiannon – TRIAD by Mary Leader

Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Leon Russell – Stranger In A Strange Land

Jacob Marley – A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens

Aimee Mann – Jacob Marley’s Chain

THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles

The Police – Tea In The Sahara – 2003 Stereo Remastered Version

ROCKET MAN by Ray Bradbury

Elton John – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time)

Jack Kerouac {ON THE ROADDESOLATION ANGELSBIG SUR, etc.}

10,000 Maniacs – Hey Jack Kerouac

LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me

Crosby, Stills & Nash – Love the One You’re With

LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH by Emily Giffin

 BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

Jack Johnson – Red Wine, Mistakes, Mythology

LEAVING LAS VEGAS by John O’Brien

Sheryl Crow – Leaving Las Vegas

Sylvia Plath {THE BELL JAR}

Ryan Adams – Sylvia Plath

ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations

The Rolling Stones – Sway

SWAY by Zachary Lazar

Tom Joad – GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost Of Tom Joad

  CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES by Penelope Farmer
The Cure – Charlotte Sometimes [Single Version]

1984 by George Orwell

Radiohead – 2 + 2 = 5

LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY by J.R.R. Tolkien

Led Zeppelin – Ramble On

GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

Mumford & Sons – Dust Bowl Dance

 

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