Songs For Stories: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

I love The Darkest Minds – it’s a YA Dystopian trilogy, and I can’t wait to read the third book!

In my explorations of the musical world (well…iTunes), I’ve come across a few songs that I think fit perfectly with this story, and I wanted to share them today. I thought it would be a cool way to look at the themes in the book in a different way, but also to find some music we might not normally listen to.

If you’ve not read the second book and would like to avoid vague and unspecific spoilers, I’d advise you to steer clear of the bits I write. You can still listen to the songs, though!

People Like Us – Kelly Clarkson

People like us, we’ve got to stick together / Keep your head up; nothing lasts forever / Here’s to the damned, to the lost and forgotten – it’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom.

I love how powerful the music is, but also those lyrics – I think it captures the spirit of the underdogs gathering and bonding, stronger for their numbers. I always picture Ruby, Liam, Chubs and Zu in their little van when I hear this!

I Bet My Life – Imagine Dragons

I’ve told a million lies, but now I tell a single truth: there’s you in everything I do.

The lyrics to this song aren’t as completely relevent as some of the others, but I left it in because I think it gets across this complete trust for each other that the main characters have. The friendships are one of the things that makes this series stand out for me, so I wanted to find a song to represent that.

Closer – Noah

You feel so far from me, but your heart is where I need to be.

Of course I had to pop in a song for Ruby and Liam! I picked this one, because I feel like there’s an implied separation, but no lack of love. I’m not going to expand because I’d hate to spoil anyone, but I thought this song was pretty representative of their relationship.

We Are One Tonight – Switchfoot

We’re dreaming out loud / And though the world is flawed, these scars will heal / We are one tonight.

I thought this was the perfect song to finish up this post with! It’s talking about a group of hopeful dreamers in a broken world, but it’s also an anthem. These people aren’t backing down; they believe that things can be better.

The stars are coming out.

That’s all for my picks! If you’ve read the series, I’d love to hear which songs you’d pick to go with it. Do you agree/disagree with my choices?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

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Stories to Songs: Call it out – Jamie McDell

Call It Out – Jamie McDell

based on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

More Jamie McDell. I’m not sorry; I love her music so much! This song – as she says in the video – is inspired by the character of Katniss, and I love the amount of thought that’s gone into stepping into her shoes.

Some of these lyrics are absolutely gorgeous, and so closely linked to the books:

The moon shines red tonight, as I break your heart and sever mine.

Tell the streets I’m strong, and I will survive

Anyway, let me know if you enjoyed the song as much as I did, and feel free to recommend any other book-inspired music!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

Stories to Songs: It’s Time – Jamie McDell

It’s Time by Jamie McDell

based on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Jamie McDell is one of my favourite YouTube singer/songwriters, so I wanted to share this gorgeous song, despite it making two out of four ‘Stories to Songs’ posts based on John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’.

This video in particular is really beautifully put together with clips from the movie trailer, and even tastefully inserted audio.

I think Jamie’s voice suits this song perfectly, and I love that it complimented the book without wrestling lots of direct quotes into the lyrics.

She’s also written songs based on other YA books, so her channel is worth checking out.

Are there any other songs based on books that you would recommend?

On a side note, I went to see the film adaptation last night. I honestly thought it was done perfectly – I loved the casting choices! What were your thoughts on the movie? Did you think it did the book justice? I actually thought the movie was on par with the novel!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Stories to Songs: Barbara – Marcel Mouloudji

Now, this is technically not a song based on a book, but I wanted to share it anyway!
The song is a musical interpretation of one of Jacques Prevert’s most famous poems: Barbara. Prevert (born in 1900) was a surrealist writer who consorted with the likes of Picasso and Dali, and whose poetry was full of his views (mostly critical!) about war, religion, education and family.
This poem in particular is about war and memories, and the lyrics ‘Rappelle-toi, Barbara’ literally mean ‘Remember, Barbara’. I think the way the music echoes the poignant yearning of the poem is really quite magical.
If you like this sort of thing, a huge number of Prevert’s poems have been made into songs, sung by big names like Edith Piaf. I recommend looking it up!

What are your thoughts on reading literature in a language other than your mother-tongue? Do you have any suggestions of literature-inspired music I should listen to?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
~Dani

Stories to Songs: Warrior – Beth Crowley

Warrior by Beth Crowley
based on City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I think this song is so pretty! I love the way it delves into Clary’s character and includes smooth references to the book. I like that the song is simple and at the same time well thought-through. I’m a fan!

Beth Crowley has also written songs about other YA novels, so her YouTube channel is worth checking out.

 

If you know any other songwriters who like to base their music on books, I’d love to hear about them.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Stories to Songs: The Fault in Our Stars – Troye Sivan

I’m always really interested in seeing how different musicians and writers shape books into songs, so I’ve decided to start featuring some here.

The Fault in Our Stars – Troye Sivan
based on the novel by John Green

This song is absolutely beautiful, as is the cause it supports. I love the way this guy fits direct quotes from the book into the lyrics without it seeming too forced, and I especially love that the song is emotionally true to the book and yet profoundly hopeful.

If you know any other songs based on books, I’d love to hear about them.
Thanks for reading (and listening), and have a lovely day!
~Dani