Music and literature are two forms of art that have the power to transport us to different worlds, evoke powerful emotions and convey complex messages. It’s not uncommon for musicians to find inspiration in books and create songs based on the stories, characters and themes found within them. Here are five songs that have been inspired by books:
‘Wuthering Heights’ by Kate Bush – This iconic song was inspired by Emily Bronte’s novel of the same name. Bush’s haunting vocals and lyrics capture the wild, passionate love story between Heathcliff and Catherine.
‘1984’ by David Bowie – Bowie was a big fan of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, ‘1984’, and his song of the same name captures the bleak, oppressive mood of the book.
‘Moby D**k’ by Led Zeppelin – The legendary rock band created this epic song based on Herman Melville’s classic novel about a captain’s obsession with a great white whale. The song features intricate guitar riffs, thunderous drums and Robert Plant’s soaring vocals.
‘Tom Sawyer’ by Rush – This classic rock song takes its name and inspiration from Mark Twain’s beloved novel about a mischievous boy growing up in the American Midwest. The song’s lyrics and music capture the adventurous spirit and restless energy of Tom Sawyer.
‘Scentless Apprentice’ by Nirvana – This song was inspired by Patrick Süskind’s novel, ‘Perfume’, which tells the story of a man obsessed with creating the perfect scent. Kurt Cobain’s haunting vocals and the song’s heavy, discordant sound capture the dark, twisted themes of the book.
In conclusion, these five songs are just a small sample of the many examples of music being inspired by literature. Whether it’s capturing the mood of a book, retelling a story, or exploring its themes, musicians have found endless inspiration in the world of literature, and the result is often beautiful, powerful and thought-provoking music.
– Riya Sohini