Music Monday #1

Happy Monday, bookworms. So, I’ve done a Music Monday post not too long ago but I wanted to try something a little different.

As a singer/musician, I am surprisingly not a fan of stories that integrate musicianship or feature musical characters. I could write up a Thoughtful Thursday post on this concept, honestly and I probably will.

But I do like when authors include actual songs into their writing–this is usually in the form of a character’s favorite song or artist. Whenever I encounter real songs in the books I read, I usually put my reading on pause and listen to a bit of those songs to get a better understanding of their contexts. Sometimes they’re songs I already know or have heard of, but I will still listen to them.

For today’s Music Monday, I wanted to feature “Your Song” which was originally sung and written by Sir Elton John. This song was mentioned in They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, which I reviewed here.

This is an example of a song I already know and love. In Silvera’s story, Mateo explains to Rufus that his father, now in a coma, used to sing this song to his mother, currently deceased. Mateo later sings this song, though not so perfectly, to Rufus.

Here are some of the lyrics:

It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live
If I was a sculptor but then again no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
Oh I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song
And this one’s for you
And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world
I really have an appreciation for authors who fit older songs into a contemporary setting. Elton’s is just a really simple and timeless love song in which the narrator would do pretty much anything to show the person of their affection how much they love them and they are a little embarrassed because this song–their words–is the only thing they have to give. It’s quite humbling and expresses the most beautiful notion that they’re just happy to have this wonderful person in their life.
I think it suits Silvera’s story so well because Mateo and Rufus are limited in not only what they can give to one another in this life, but in the time they have to share together because they are both about to die.
So, what’s a song that you recently encountered in a book? Do you think it was appropriate for the story you found it in?


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*2018 Reading Challenge Update: 51/200

5 thoughts on “Music Monday #1

    1. Thanks for the nomination, Hanna! I actually did this one recently, but will hold onto it for the future 🙂 Like you, I feel very “self-conscious” even when things are good. I’m always second guessing my actions and unconsciously finding ways to criticize myself. It’s a struggle–I hope that you’ll be able to overcome it all too!


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