My favourite things…and a shortlist playlist

Jennifer Horan is the CKG Judge for YLG Scotland and Network Librarian at Kemnay Academy, Aberdeenshire.

Jennifer Horan

My favourite things in life are reading, music, cats and white chocolate Magnums.  Being a CKG judge these past two years has been a dream as far as reading is concerned, and it can be done whilst stroking cats and eating Magnums, but where does music come in?  I love books that come with accompanying playlists – often a sign that the author has really thought of the story behind certain songs, and an inventive and exciting extension to reading.  I’ve always thought that coming up with a book playlist would be far easier said than done, so set myself a challenge to come up with one to accompany this year’s CKG shortlist.  I was proved right…

Here is my shortlist playlist.  Some tunes are straightforward links between titles, some have a bit more depth as far as plot is concerned.  Can you think of any other songs that would tie in with the shortlist?

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on EarthSatellite of Love by Lou Reed

The Bone Sparrow All that you have is your soul by Tracey Chapman

The Smell of Other People’s HousesAlaska by Maggie Rogers

The Stars at Oktober BendAstronomy by Trashcan Sinatras

BeckA Place Called Home by PJ Harvey

RailheadLong Train Runnin’ by The Doobie Brothers

Salt from the SeaWar Requiem by Benjamin Britten

Wolf HollowUmbrella by Rihanna  

Wild Animals of the NorthThe Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns

TidyBig Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

The Wolves of CurrumpawThe Last Cowboy Song by Willie Nelson & Johnny Cash

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneI Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone

There is a Tribe of Kids The Animals Went in Two by Two (traditional)

A Great Big CuddleTeddy Bear Hug by The Wiggles

The Journey Where is the love? by Black Eyed Peas

The MarvelsI Was Meant for the Stage by The Decemberists


2 thoughts on “My favourite things…and a shortlist playlist

  1. I always love a playlist. Good choices too! How about Will The Wolf Survive/ – Los Lobos (The Wolves of Currumpaw); Homecoming – Josh Ritter (Beck); North to Alaska – Johnny Horton (The Smell of Other People’s Houses) … more coming …

  2. I found myself singing ‘Anchored down in Anchorage’ (Michelle Shocked) while reading ‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’

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