Give Me a Beat

Music is a huge part of our lives; whether we want to hear that new song on the radio or not, it’s probably going to play no matter what we do. Think about commercials with songs by The Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin or products such as perfume being promoted by Taylor Swift. How great are free concerts in the park?  What would the entrance of Darth Vader be if not for the music? Music can change the way we feel, changing our perception on something or someone. It’s a way to escape, to just let go. We find music in our homes, cars, restaurants, bars, jobs, parks, museums, and the list goes on and on.

So what does this have to do with books? Specifically fictional books? Can music play a role in the plot or characters motives? For all you musicians, or appreciators of music, the answer is Yes! There are a number of fiction books which have music as a part of the story. Try out the following books in The Center for the Reader: Erica Kennedy’s “Bling”, Celine Keating’s “Sing for Me”, Claudio Sanchez’s “Kill Audio”, or Esi Edugyan’s “Half Blood Blues”. We have plenty of great music CD's in the Library’s collection at The Studio to accompany your reading, as well. Come visit the library for the Not So Quite concert series. We won't shush you, we promise. 

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