Since the last post about books recalling a time in your life garnered about four million comments, and because I have no other subject matter in mind for a blog entry, let’s mix up music and books.
I heard “Rhythm of My Heart” by Rod Stewart and realized within seconds that I was thinking of Horatio Hornblower. The connection is simple to me: the song mentions sailing, and at the time it came out, I was plowing through the Horatio Hornblower books. (Right through the Captain Hornblower trilogy in the center, if I remember correctly.)
I do that a lot with songs I associate with books I was writing at the time. My very first non-fanfic novel has lots of associations for me: the yellow-covered notebooks I wrote it in; the way I wrote part of it on vacation in the car driving between Lake George and Fort Ticonderoga (I guess I was 14); and for some reason, Ambrosia’s song “How Much I Feel” which was on insanely high rotation on the Lake George radio station. I have no idea why — it was an old song even then. But there you go.
The Whitney Houston song “All At Once” immediately brings to mind Anne McCaffrey’s Moreta: Dragon Lady Of Pern.
Some songs simply seem to go with some books, in my mind. I hear the song, and the book comes back to me. Do others do the same?