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Book Soundtracks

Posted on August 29, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We've all heard of movie soundtracks, songs they play either within the movie or is on the movies CD, but what about for books? Have you ever considered making a soundtrack for your book? I sometimes find myself listening to a song and think, "hey that song fits a poem in my book!". What I used to do is post the music video to a song with lyrics from youtube to Facebook with a caption as to how I feel it ties into my book. I find it's a fun, creative and inspirational way to connect music to ones books. Since then however I have expanded this idea and have made soundtracks for all my books using Soundcloud. What I do is get a feel of the type of songs I want to include that not only represent the book but truly fit with it.

For instance for my Western Horror, "A Bloody Bloody Mess In the Wild Wild West" I wanted western songs or songs about defiance so I looked for songs by Johnny Cash, songs about the Wild West, horses and outlaws and added them to my list. When I felt I had enough I arranged them and put together my own soundtrack. Another example a bit more vivid is my soundtrack for my poetry book 'Like A Box of Chocolates". Since the book has poems within many different genres and about many different things I wanted the songs to represent the feeling the book gave off as a whole rather than choose random songs. While the songs are definitely random they all share a unique balance to them. The soundtrack includes songs from Oasis, Jefferson Airplane, The Rolling Stones and The Doors just to name a few. 

I still listen to songs on Youtube and post them when I feel they connect to my book but have found it not only easier to use Soundcloud by making a soundtrack but find it as a fun thing to do and another thing about the book that people can check out, One of my poems within Like A Box of Chocolates, 'Faded Black' is based on and contains lyrics from the song 'Paint It Black' by the Rolling Stones. This is what makes me ask the question, do you ever connect certain songs to your books? Have you ever considered making a soundtrack for your book? Some lyrics are just so moving so spot on and sometimes so similiar to a work you've written that you'd be a fool not to acknowledge the connection. Take advantage of it and heck if your really serious, contact a band or someone you know within the music industry and see if they will not only allow you to use their song but perhaps write a song just for your book. So the next time your listening to a song or you hear about a movie soundtrack think to yourself, can your book use a soundtrack? It's not all that odd of an idea in fact it adds a bit of flare to your work. So consider a book soundtrack, it may help it may not but it's another piece of your work you can show off to people. 

You can check out all four of my books soundtracks on my soundcloud page @" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Macabre Masterpiece Soundtrack" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">A Bloody Bloody Mess in the Wild Wild West Soundtrack" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Like A Box of Chocolates Soundtrack" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Opium Warfare