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Booking Through Thursday: Soundtrack

June 23, 2011

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Today’s Booking Through Thursday asks: What, if any, kind of music do you listen to when you’re reading? (Given a choice, of course!)

It depends on what I’m reading, and when. Usually, I don’t have music playing in the background.

Some exceptions: During the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, I absolutely listened to classical music in the evening. It helped me stay awake.

I also really like reading poetry with music playing in the background. Not all poetry, but I read Ginsberg’s Howl with all kinds of big, grinding rock and rap in my headphones. It worked, with the song lyrics and the poem feeding off each other, the rhythms of the music feeding the mood of the poem. John Berryman’s Dream Songs are also really fun as this sort of DIY rock opera.

And there are some books where the story itself suggests music. I think it’s a function of how I start imagining the story, picturing a sort of movie in my head. And movies have soundtracks.

The story that’s most bound to specific music for me is American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. It needs a soundtrack by Ry Cooder and T-Bone Burnett, something sort of bluegrass, but with electric guitars and plenty of pedal steel. Because the story is such a love letter to American myth. I hear there’s a series in the works, and I’m most curious about how the music will work.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2011 10:11 am

    Interesting response.

    Here is mine

  2. June 23, 2011 1:03 pm

    I prefer soft music while reading.

    Here is my BTT: Soundtrack post!

  3. June 23, 2011 1:29 pm

    Great answer! I’m the exact same way! 🙂

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