My first exposure to the Avett Brothers was Colleen Hoover’s Slammed. Over dinner a few months after she became a client, we talked about the band and she recommended one of their live albums. Since I’m almost as crazy about music as I am about books, I went off and started listening…and promptly fell in love (“I and Love and You” is on constant rotation in my brain).
But, this isn’t the first time I’ve been led to an artist that I became infatuated with through a reference in a book. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love led me to explore the golden age of Cuban music (pre-Castro, pre-exodus), for instance. And, novels like A Visit from the Goon Squad are veritable treasure troves of musical references while memoirs like Patti Smith’s, Keith Richards’ and Neil Young’s can keep you looking up song titles on iTunes for weeks. Since I believe great songwriting is poetry and poetry is storytelling that rhymes (or doesn’t), I love the marriage of literature and music.
On this Valentine’s eve, what devastating, unforgettable songs have you come across in books?