A friend of mine sent me this link called Artists for Literacy. Basically, its a site that lists songs inspired by a particular books. It’s facinating. And terribly fun.
Like did you know the novel Frankenstein inspired Bob Dylan to compose ‘All Along the Watchtower’?
Kate Bush was obviously so impressed with Bronte, she wrote a song called ‘Wuthering Heights’. And one of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis, moved Steve Hackett, he wrote the song ‘Narnia’.
I was not very impressed to find no matches for Jane Austen. What is up with that? The only redeeming factor for these songwriters’ oversight is a number of artist were influenced by J.R.R Tolkien. Now we’re talking!
So, if I were a songwriter (stop laughing at that thought!), I’d be inspired by Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien and Shannon Hale (after all, her writing is gorgeous).
How about you?
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