readwriterock (readwriterock) wrote,

Multimedia synergy!

So I've started following this YA blog Persnickety Snark, which is based out of Australia, and one recurring feature there is Soundtrack Saturday, which is pretty much just what it says on the tin. The instructions read: "link something you are reading with a song, a playlist, etc and tell me about it!" And today, by complete coincidence, I have something to post about!

Just last night, I finished reading Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. I'd had it on my "to be read" list for a while, but I recently read and very much enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and Catherine and Elizabeth are sisters, so that moved Dairy Queen up a few notches over other books I've been wanting to read. So then this morning, I was playing around with Pandora (which is enormously fun, by the way), and the song "I Go to the Barn Because I Like The" by Band of Horses came through on the stream. The title caught my eye, because in Dairy Queen, DJ, the protagonist, and her nemesis/love interest Brian spend a good bit of time cleaning up and painting her family's barn. Upon closer inspection, I think the song really is a good fit for DJ and Brian's complicated relationship. Here are the lyrics:

Well, I'd like to think I'm the mess you'd wear with pride.
Like some empty dress on the bed you've laid out for tonight.
Maybe I'll tell you sometime.

Time, sometime

You were right, right
You were right.

Outside by your doorstep,
In a worn out suit and tie,
I'll wait for you to come down.
Where you'll find me,
Where we'll shine.

(Incidentally, this is the second time I've really been taken by a Band of Horses song's connection to a story told in another medium - after their song "No One's Gonna Love You" showed up in an episode of Chuck, it was in heavy rotation on my iPod for months.)

So there you go - my first Soundtrack Saturday post! I highly recommend both book and song, and I'd love to hear anybody else's thoughts on the pairing. :)
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