I'm still a post late but will try to catch up! Day Two is all about the music. Funnily enough, while I'm extremely reliant on my iTunes library to fill in moments like taking public transport on the way to school, I don't actively associate certain songs with books or series I've read until someone else makes a link between book and song. Then I totally go
Yup. But let's get to the reading update first, shall we? *news music plays*
1. Pick a character and match a song to them.
I'm going with Arin from The Winner's Trilogy for this one — more specifically, the situation his character is in during the events of The Winner's Crime. I'll be cheating a little for this one and picking Florence + The Machine's cover of Drake's Take Care, because that's exactly what author Marie Rutkoski told me when I asked her!
@gohsherlyn Lately, Florence and the Machine's cover of Drake's "Take Care" and U2's "Bad" #thewinnerscrime
— Marie Rutkoski (@marierutkoski) February 20, 2015
I'm just gonna take a moment to say how I simply adore Florence + The Machine. Any FATM fans here? I love how Florence speaks like a bird but sings like a lion, and she's such a sweet person overall! You can skip to 0:41 to hear the cover immediately.
"I’ve asked about you and they told me things
But my mind didn’t change and I still feel the same"
"I’ll be there for you, I will care for you
I keep thinking you just don’t know
Trying to run from that, say you’re done with that
On your face girl, it just don’t show
When you’re ready, just say you’re ready
When all the baggage just ain’t as heavy
And the party's over, just don’t forget me
We’ll change the pace and we'll just go slow
You won’t ever have to worry,
You won’t ever have to hide"I teared up at this part. The Winner's Crime is so much heartbreak and those of you who've read it will know EXACTLY what I'm referring to in Arin and Kestrel's relationship. I can almost hear Arin singing this to Kestrel. </3
2. Pick a scene and match a song to it.
The garden scene where Marco shows Celia his illusions in The Night Circus. Actually, pretty much any scene where the two illusionists are together and showing each other what they're capable of. I would pick Cosmic Love by — guess who again — Florence + The Machine, and no I totally did not steal this off Erin Morgenstern's playlist. This song is just magical, especially with the harp. Morgenstern calls it a "night-sky love song".
Fun fact: Florence Welch wrote this song with Isabella Summers in 10 minutes while on a hangover. How talented can a person get?!
3. Pick a book and match a song to it."The stars, the moon, they have all been blown outYou left me in the darkNo dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilightIn the shadow of your heartI took the stars from my eyes, and then I made a mapAnd knew that somehow I could find my way backThen I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness tooSo I stayed in the darkness with you"
Passion by Lauren Kate for Christina Perri's A Thousand Years. I still don't get why that song was written for the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, because Edward only waited a mere 100 years for Bella. On the other fin, Daniel Grigori spent a freaking 6000 years (and more) loving and waiting for Lucinda Price.
4. Pick a song and describe a short scene you would like to see happen in the book you are currently reading to that song or inspired by that song.
Scarlet and Wolf are doing quite a bit of running in the book so far, and I foresee even more of that happening. Plus, the fact that they're French calls for a song en français, oui? I'll pick Je Cours (literally: I'm running) by Belgian singer Stromae for that. He's phenomenal.
You can read the translated lyrics here.
"Mais mes pensées courent et se surpassentSur la lune très peu veulent m'y voirEt j'y retourne souvent pour qu'eux m'rejoignent"
I think the lyrics apply more for Wolf actually, because somehow he's like a werewolf to me so far XD Thus the moon reference and all that.("Even my thoughts are running, outdoing each otherUnder the moon they have little desire to see me thereAnd I often return there so they will rejoin me")
5. What song would you force Hermione to listen to on repeat as long as she's chained to you?
Popular Song by MIKA ft. Ariana Grande. It's a fun song, full of truth, and I absolutely love the music video (it's so Tim Burton even though he didn't direct it). Also, we've both been kind of unpopular at some point in school ;)
6. What song would Hermione make you listen to?"And all that you have to do, is be true to youThat's all you ever need to know"
She just made me listen to Vivaldi's Four Seasons on repeat this afternoon. You know, it's great music for studying and just about anything in life. Not that I mind one bit — I grew up with classical music and am a huge fan! I love Spring and Autumn best.
7. What’s your and Hermione's song?
Team by Lorde. It's the lyrics, but I like the subtle hint/sound of hope in the song and how it's laid-back. And you know, being a team and all that, just like she and Ron and Harry are. I don't know how to describe it exactly, but the melody is sort of uplifting in a way.
Plus, the wizarding world is definitely a city that muggles will never see on screen! ;)"We live in cities you'll never see on screenNot very pretty, but we sure know how to run thingsLiving in ruins of the palace within my dreamsAnd you know we're on each other's teamI'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the airSo there"