Monday, June 11, 2012

Music Monday 6/11

So, apparently after one successful scheduled post, I got cocky. I just now realized today's post never went up...awesome. So, here it is, Music Monday...a bit late.

Music Monday

It's really no shock to anyone that music is an important part of writing to many authors. Many post playlists for their novels and, as a reader, I enjoy listening to them and trying to figure out how the songs fit. It can be tone or lyrics.

But sometimes a random song strikes me as something that relates to a book. There could be just one lyric that fits with a story or character relationship. But somehow the song always reminds me of the story. So that's what these posts are going to be about.

Music Monday - June 11th: "Girls Like You" by The Naked and Famous - Lila Zacharov from The Curse Workers by Holly Black.

At first I thought this song might be something Cassel thinks about Lila and then I realized that it's not really but the song does remind me of Lila. One part in particular but you'll see.

"Run, whirlwind run Further and further away Into the sun In, 20 minutes Everyone will remember you when you're gone And your heart, is a stone Buried underneath your pretty clothes Don't you know people write songs about girls like you?"This is the verse that started it all for this post. Particularly the bit about the heart being stone. It just struck me as so Lila. She is exactly the type of girl that guys fall and break over. She is cool and calm and collected and deadly. Lila is a whirlwind and she's memorable. The type of girl guys write songs about."What will you be when it all comes crashing Down on you little girl? What would you do if you lost your beauty? How would you deal with the light? How would you feel if nobody chased you? What if it happened tonight?"

This is the part that made me think a little of Cassel's version of Lila. He always sees her as untouchable and unattainable. But more than once he wondered if they could run because things can't be up forever. I think through out the series there is this feeling that everything goes up and down and at some point Lila's life will crash down around her. What would happen? Cassel is always trying to analyze what the outcome of events will be and these seemed like questions he'd ask.

"How would you cope it the world decided to Make you suffer for all that you were? How could you dance if no-one was watching And you couldn't even care if they were? What would you do if you couldn't even feel? Not even pitiful pain How would you deal if the indecisions Eating away at the days?"

It's the line about not feeling that caught my attention here. Lila does come off as unfeeling but she's not. She's shown remorse and loss but how much more fierce would she be if she didn't feel? She'd be as badass as she pretends to be, easily. What if she did have to suffer for her actions and that of the family she's so eager to lead? These are more Cassel for Lila sort of questions but since the reader is in Cassel's mind I feel like they are also reader questions.

I jacked the lyrics from Metro Lyrics

I kidnapped the video from here.
The Naked and Famous have some great songs. Young Blood is one of their bigger ones.
Cassel and Lila belong to the wonderful Holly Black.
I don't own any of it and meant no copyright infringement. I just like music and books, especially together.

Have any of you read The Curse Workers? Are there any songs that work for it?

Until next time,


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