Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a music-related freebie. I'm going to go with a version of one of their suggested topics--Top Ten Songs I Wish Were Novels--and share with you the songs that I've envisioned original music video type storylines to, which is one of the things I do to keep my mind busy while I exercise. (Links lead to YouTube.)
1) "A Light That Never Comes" by Linkin Park feat. Steve Aiko. For this one, I envision a magical realism line about a high school artist struggling, through her art, to break free from the effects of a darkness, either representing abuse or mental illness.
2) "Pompeii" by Bastille. This song leads to the exploration of a broken relationship interspersed with the imagery of explosions and ashfall--capturing the feeling of having lost something now frozen in time as 'what could have been.' Super original, I know.
3) "Burn It Down" by Linkin Park. This one takes a sci-fi turn by presenting a girl with explosive superpowers who is on the run and haunted by a man--an ex-boyfriend, maybe, though I'm not sure if he's dead or alive or real or not--who encourages her to destroy cities wherever she goes.
4) "The Phoenix" by Fall Out Boy. Bit of a cliche dystopian, about a young mother who has become a rebel leader after her war veteran husband was taken by the big baddie government. It follows her quest to find and rescue him.
5) "Far From Home" by Five Finger Death Punch. This one's also dystopian, with a fantastical edge--a man of darkness imprisoned with a girl of light; they fall in love while in jail. Then the girl is taken for execution, and the man has to save her using his powers, even though doing so will negate both of their abilities for the future.
6) "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men. Historical romance (I know, not typical for me), where a man in the navy and the woman back home dance together across the miles, him on his ship, her on the beach.
7) "Give Me Love" by Ed Sheeran. A modern retelling of "The Little Mermaid": the original darker version by Hans Christian Andersen, so with melodramatic suicide included.
8) "The Catalyst" by Linkin Park. Paranormal dystopian where a war has broken out between two groups of people and a girl dives between them to demand peace, only to reveal that she is an angel and God himself is seeking the end of the conflict.
9) "The Longships" by Enya. A retelling of the King Arthur legend, focusing on the Lady of the Lake as she guides his life out of an otherworldly love for him.
10) "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)" by Fall Out Boy. Another decently cliche paranormal dystopian, where a world of darkness with no color is met by a "chosen one" who glows with light and color both. In attempting to share that with the public, she incites a mob that burns her--but in her sacrifice she brings color and light permanently, everywhere.
I've got a decent handful more; those are just the top ten most played songs in my library that I have stories for. I also have imagined less story-driven videos for many more. And here's a bonus--the songs (not from the soundtracks) that I associate with various fandoms in the same video-form kind of way:
The Avengers: Fall Out Boy "Irresistible"; Pentatonix "Save the World/Don't Worry Child"
Supernatural: Taylor Swift "Shake It Off" (thanks Hillywood); Kansas "Carry On, Wayward Son" (this
one's actually semi-official)
The Hunger Games: Imagine Dragons "Friction", "Dream", "Warriors"; Fall Out Boy "Centuries"; Lorde
"Team", "Glory and Gore"
Doctor Who: Maroon 5 "Daylight"
And the same with my own books:
COCA: Sia "Alive", MS MR "Hurricane"
MERCIFUL: Five Finger Death Punch "Far From Home"; Lifehouse "Halfway Gone"
THE PROPHECY KEEPER: Christopher Tin "Baba Yetu"; Adiemus "Adiemus"
THE CHOSEN FOUR (inactive): Imagine Dragons "Radioactive"; Shinedown "Second Chance", "Call Me";
Linkin Park "What I've Done", "Waiting for the End", "Leave Out All the Rest"; Muse "Uprising"; La Roux
"Bulletproof"; My Chemical Romance "Sing"
THE PSYCHIC STORY (inactive): Nickelback "Savin' Me"; Linkin Park "New Divide"
THE FOUR ELEMENTS (inactive): Enya "The River Sings"
Cool story, huh? I've drifted away some from the music world in the past couple of years, but it's always been a good inspiration when it comes to stories. I love movie scores the most for writing/editing time.
Thanks for reading, guys! I'll see you tomorrow for a second post about incidental diversity. *Post merged with the original*
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