Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Setting Words to Music

Music and words have always played a big part in my life.  In some ways, music is woven even deeper into the fabric of my being.  There's not a major event in my life that I can think of without remembering what song was popular at that time or what song I was listening to as it happened.

It's been said that people should have a theme song.  Mine changes from day to day.  Some days it's "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree, other days it's "Easy" by the Commodores (which I learned to skate backwards to back in the day).  And still on other days, it "Murder Rap" by Above the Law (Don't judge me!)  Anyway, this got me to thinking.  TV shows have theme songs, people can have theme songs, why shouldn't books?

I've gone back through a few of the books that I've read over the last year and come up with songs that immediately came to mind as they relate to the story line.

The book: Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
The song: Sentimental by Alexander O'Neal

The book: I'm Down by Mishna Wolff
The song: Square Biz by Teena Marie

The book: That Takes Ovaries! bold females and their brazen acts - edited by Rivka Solomon
The song: A Deeper Love by Aretha Franklin

The book: Glorious by Bernice McFadden
The song: Testify by Dianne Reeves

The book: Heard It All Before by Michele Grant
The song: I Want to Thank You by Alicia Meyers

The book: Uptown by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
The song: Native New Yorker by Odyssey

So what about you? Read any books that just screamed for their own theme song?
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