OMG That Song Book Tag

Let’s take a break from the Booker!  I saw this tag on Callum’s blog and it looked like fun.  Also, go follow Callum who has an excellent taste in music as well as books.

MY JAM: A song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it and a book that you’ll never get sick of

SONG: Conversation 16 by The National.  I love everything about this song.

BOOK: The Iliad by Homer.  I want to read as many different translations as possible.

THROWBACK: A song that reminds you of the cringiest time in your life and a book you read that you wouldn’t like now

SONG: Jenny Was a Friend of Mine by The Killers.  This song is actually objectively very good so it’s not the song that’s cringy, it’s me being 14 that was cringy.

BOOK: Anything by Sarah Dessen.  I’m not sure I even liked her books back then, but I kept reading them because my friends were reading them and I hadn’t been introduced to books that are actually good when I was in middle school.

REPLAY: A recent song that you have on repeat and a recent favourite book

SONG: Nina Cried Power by Hozier.  I’m actually not the biggest Hozier fan in the world (I think he’s fine but the hype around his last album was blown a little out of proportion), but I admittedly adore this song.

BOOK: In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne was simply brilliant.

GETS ME: A song that is literally me and a book that is me in book form

SONG: To Belong by Daughter.  I really connect with Daughter’s music in general, but this song always stands out to me.

BOOK: The Idiot by Elif Batuman.  The narrator of that book is me.

WUT: A weird song that you liked anyways and a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason

SONG: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by Joan Baez (cover – originally by The Band).  It’s not so much that it’s a weird song, just that it’s noticeably different from most of the other stuff I listen to.  But, I listen to it a lot.

BOOK: The Vegetarian by Han Kang.  So weird, so haunting, so good.

LET’S GO: Pick your best pump up song and a book that inspires you

SONG: God is a woman by Ariana Grande.  I mean, enough said.  This song is everywhere and for good reason.

BOOK: Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault.  Mainly for the line: “He stood between death and life as between night and morning, and thought with a soaring rapture, ‘I am not afraid’.”

CHILL: Your best chill or relaxing song and a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day

SONG: Black by Pearl Jam.  I mean, this song is incredibly sad, but there’s something relaxing about listening to a song you’ve heard approximately five million times because Pearl Jam is your favorite band and this is just one of the greatest songs ever written.

BOOK: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is one of the most atmospheric things I’ve ever read, and definitely a good fall/winter read.

ADDICTING: A guilty pleasure song and a light, trashy read you can’t help but love

SONG: Literally anything by ABBA, but I’ll go with Waterloo.  People tend to be surprised when they find out how much I love ABBA, so, let’s just get this straight.  I love ABBA.

BOOK: I would describe this book as neither light nor trashy, but The Pisces by Melissa Broder is probably the closest thing to a ‘guilty pleasure’ book for me, since it’s essentially literary erotica.  But, that book is incredibly good.

NOSTALGIA: A throwback song you look back on fondly and a book you read and loved when you were young

SONG: Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis.  If I had to choose a favorite song of all time, this would probably be it.  I am also aware that liking Oasis is deeply unhip.  I do not care.

BOOK: Harry Potter!

Tagging whoever wants to do this!

What kind of music do you guys like?  Clearly my tastes are all over the place.

not strictly book related: desert island discs

I saw Callum do this tag a few weeks ago and I couldn’t resist.

You are cast away onto a remote island:

  • You can bring 5 albums, what are they?
  • You can bring ONE book (not including The Bible (or other appropriate religious texts) or The Complete Works of Shakespeare, as they are already provided and NO SERIES), what ONE book is it?
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island), what is it?

5 ALBUMS:

Radiohead – In Rainbows

I’m obsessed with Radiohead, to the point where I considered throwing OK Computer in the mix as well.  But I couldn’t justify giving one band two albums.  Anyway, if I had to choose just one, it would have to be In Rainbows.  Between Nude, Reckoner, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, and Jigsaw Falling Into Place, I can’t sacrifice this one.  Seriously, just listen to this song.

The National – High Violet

My other main obsession in the music world.  Conversation 16 is my favorite song, ever, but even if it weren’t for that, I’d still have to choose this album, which I think is The National at their best.  (I was about to say that there isn’t a single song I dislike, but I realized that isn’t true – thanks a lot, Lemonworld).  But even so, loving 11/12 songs isn’t bad at all.

David Bowie – Blackstar

Like the majority of the classic rock loving world, I was devastated when David Bowie died, and listened to this album on repeat for weeks.  I really do think it’s something of a masterpiece.  And while Lazarus and Blackstar got most of the attention, I actually think Dollar Days is the saddest and most haunting track off this album, and Bowie’s eulogy to himself.  Anyway, over a year later I’m still obsessed with this album, and would hate to part with it.

Pearl Jam – Ten

This was tricky.  I’m obsessed with Pearl Jam, but unlike my other favorite bands where all of my favorite songs tend to be concentrated on one album, with Pearl Jam they’re spread across the board.  Actually, if you take my five favorite Pearl Jam songs – Corduroy, Sirens, Black, Rearviewmirror, and Hail Hail – they’re all off different albums.  Quite the dilemma.  But I think that I find Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten, to be the most satisfying as a cohesive unit, and it’s what first got me into Pearl Jam a million years ago, so it seemed appropriate.

Incubus – Make Yourself

And finally, a throwback to my teenage years, when I was absolutely obsessed with Incubus.  I’ve seen them in concert twice, own all of their albums, own a couple of their albums in vinyl, and have approximately three of their band t-shirts.  Oh, and I still have a massive Incubus poster on my wall.  I should probably replace that with something more timely, come to think of it.  Anyway.  The point is, this band meant an awful lot to me, and being stranded on a deserted island seems like the perfect time for the sort of personal reflection that only listening to your favorite band from high school can induce.

1 BOOK:

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Easy.  The Iliad by Homer.  I’m stuck on an island with nothing to do but read, so obviously I’m going to want something that will keep me busy for a while.  At 683 pages, this is the perfect solution.  But more importantly, this is a book that I can get something new out of every time I read it.  I’ve only read it twice so far, but both times were a completely different experience for me.  There are so many names and places to keep track of here, it’s going to be able to keep me mentally stimulated even if I have nothing better to do than read it cover to cover ten times.

1 LUXURY ITEM:

Hmm.  I’m boring and practical, so I’m going to say a blanket.  I imagine deserted islands get cold at night.

So, there’s a bit about me.  I also want to stress that it was incredibly difficult to narrow this down.  I like a really wide array of music, mostly under the general ‘rock’ umbrella, but not always; some others that I considered were Daughter, Nirvana, Joseph, Sia, Ben Howard, Troye Sivan, Iron and Wine, First Aid Kit, Oasis, Soley, Ms Mr, Metric, Chelsea Wolfe, One Direction (really), Razorlight, Woodkid, Arcade Fire, James Vincent McMorrow, London Grammar, etc etc etc.

What kind of music do you guys like?