Soundtrack for Summer Reading

Summer is just around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: road trip! Of course you’ll need plenty of reading material to keep you company in the car, on the beach, by the lake, or in the hammock. We’ll be happy to help you pack your book tote, especially once Bas Bleu’s Summer issue hits your mailbox next week!

But aside from great books (and lots of sunscreen), no summer road trip is complete without good tunes. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a special Bas Bleu playlist just for you. Each of these twenty-four songs was inspired by literature—books, poems, writers, even one novelist’s wife. Some songs you may know; others will be new. Each offers a musician’s unique take on a beloved literary classic.

We’ve built our playlist in Spotify, an online music-streaming service. Just click the link below:

Bas Bleu Summer Tunes

If you’re not already a subscriber, you can sign up for free to listen. Otherwise, you can find the songs on iTunes or other online streaming services such as Google Play. Or perhaps you need look no further than your personal music collection! (If so, can we come over to your house and listen to records?)

Complete playlist

“Sigh No More,” Mumford and Sons (William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing)

“Hey Jack Kerouac,” 10,000 Maniacs

“The Ghost of Tom Joad,” Bruce Springsteen (John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath)

“Romeo and Juliet,” Dire Straits (William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet)

“Tales of Brave Ulysses,” Cream (Homer’s Odyssey)

“Virginia Woolf,” Indigo Girls

“White Rabbit,” Jefferson Airplane (Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

“Afternoons and Coffeespoons,” Crash Test Dummies (T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)

“Calypso,” Suzanne Vega (Homer’s Odyssey)

“My Antonia,” Emmylou Harris with Dave Matthews (Willa Cather’s My Ántonia)

“Mr. Raven,” MC Lars (Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”)

“House at Pooh Corner,” Kenny Loggins (A. A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner)

“Sylvia Plath,” Ryan Adams

“Richard Cory,” Simon & Garfunkel (Edwin Arlington Robinson’s “Richard Cory”)

“Moon Over Bourbon Street,” Sting (Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire)

“Wuthering Heights,” Kate Bush (Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights)

“A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Sufjan Stevens (Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”)

“Daughter’s Lament,” Carolina Chocolate Drops (Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games)

“Prince Caspian,” Phish (C. S. Lewis’s Prince Caspian)

“Rebecca,” Meg & Dia (Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca)

“Bright Eyes,” Art Garfunkel (Richard Adams’s Watership Down)

“Mrs. Hemingway,” Mary-Chapin Carpenter

“Falls to Climb,” R.E.M. (Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”)

“Love Song for a Vampire,” Annie Lennox (Bram Stoker’s Dracula)

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