Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lyrics inspired by books and plays

There is a design, an alignment
A cry of my heart to see
The beauty of love as it was made to be
~Sigh No More


Lyrics inspired by or from books and plays today. So many choices! I shared some Wuthering Heights songs and David Gilmour singing Sonnet 18 a while back. This Poetry Friday, we have two Shakespeare, two Daphne du Maurier, one C.S. Lewis, and one Gregory Maguire (L. Frank Baum).

Mumford and Sons: Sigh No More (lines from Much Ado about Nothing by Shakespeare)



MC Lars: Hey There Ophelia (Hamlet)

Tori Amos: Jamaica Inn (inspired by the book of the same name by Daphne du Maurier)

Meg and Dia: Rebecca (also by Daphne du Maurier)

Phish: Prince Caspian

Kristin Chenoweth: Popular from Wicked (a musical inspired by a book inspired by a book)



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Do you have favorite songs inspired by books?

Whispers from the Ridge has the Poetry Friday round-up today. Thanks, Kiesha!

15 comments:

Mitchell Linda said...

Oh, I do love Kristen Chenoweth. Great video clips this week. It's been so long since I've had the chance to get to a musical. I think The Whiz is my favorite musical from a book. It's time I go see Wicked!

Robyn Hood Black said...

All the connections you make never cease to amaze, Tabatha! Thanks for this musical/literary buffet. Hmmmm.... well, this is a stretch & dates me too, but how about the entire album, Ten Summoner's Tales, from Sting? - Not from an actual book per se but the title came from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. ;0) Love "Fields of Gold."

Jane @ Raincity Librarian said...

Leonard Nemo's The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins! A song so very odd it has to be heard to be believed. My mother is both a Trekie and a Lord of the Rings devotee, so I was introduced to this one as a child. ;-) https://youtu.be/AGF5ROpjRAU

Linda B said...

This is a tough one for me. I do know the Bilbo Baggins one because I love Tolkien things, but I really don't know any others. Thanks for sharing some, Tabatha.

Kay said...

I have long loved WICKED in all its incarnations, but I have not thought much about other poems and songs inspired by books. I'll have to ponder for a while. Thanks for sharing these for me to explore! Of course, I do love my collection of cat poems by TS Eliot, but I never had a chance to go see the musical CATS.

Irene Latham said...

Dear Tabatha, this is going to be so much fun for Summer Poem Swap! Not quite the same thing, but I wrote a whole collection of found poems from the first pages of classic children's books... I the the challenge will be to extend the song/book, show a new angle, make a new leap... and not just repeat what the song/book said. xo

Donna Smith said...

Ah, I didn't know if I'd made connections before, but Cats... yes, the book and the musical - I enjoyed both!
Love the clip from Wicked.

Kiesha Shepard said...

I do! I do! I am deeply inspired by my Wuthering Heights and my Somewhere in Time (based on the book Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson) soundtracks.

Mrs. Wyman said...

Who can forget Kate Bush's wacky Wuthering Heights? "Heathcliff, it's me/I'm Cathy/
I've come home/I'm so cold/Let me in through your window." https://youtu.be/BW3gKKiTvjs -- Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/blog/

Tara Smith said...

Oh, Rebecca! I love that one...almost as much as the way you weave together music and meaning.

Violet Nesdoly said...

Rebecca -- I loved that book.

Here's "Turkish Delight" inspired by the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe": https://youtu.be/0aF7ibfbX_M

Carol Varsalona said...

Tabatha, I am always intrigued by musical connections and you shared some interesting one. I was at a luncheon workshop with my literary group and the poet/teacher made many connections between poetry and songwriting. He even sand for us-a Bob Dylan song. I hope to write a post about it and share the video but that will come in due time. I am excited about the Poetry Swap. Thanks for putting it together.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

I see Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights has already been mentioned. There's also Ophelia by The Lumineers, though the link to Shakespeare is loose at best. You've certainly got the wheels turning....

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

I've been enjoying these posts, Tabatha, even if I don't get a chance to comment that often. My favorite would be Kate Bush's "WH" - although Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" also needs to be included in the list! (also, more recently, My Chemical Romance's song "Look Alive, Sunshine" was based on the novel 'A Clockwork Orange.')

Laura Shovan said...

This is a great theme for a post, Tabatha. My little nephew is named Caspian for that Phish song!

P.S. Have been enjoying your rose petal syrup over vanilla Halo Top ice cream. It is divine!