I want to try something new by connecting books to music. Fortunately, Spines on a Line hosts the monthly meme Music Monday. It was inspired by #MusicMonday on Twitter. It seems to be pretty flexible about making those connections.
Today I’m making a soundtrack for Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. This novel is very music-focused with four characters having great skill playing instruments, like the violin and the piano. And music plays a large role in this book in terms of plot, character development and relationships. This soundtrack is inspired by the format done for Sountrack Saturday.
Before I show you this list, a warning: There will be spoilers for the book because it’s a soundtrack for the whole book.
Now let’s look at this soundtrack.
“Spontaneous Me” by Lindsey Stirling
Who better than another violinist to connect to Liesl? The tone of this song reminds me of the glimpse of Liesl’s childhood with the Goblin King in their grove.
“Sonata No. 2 in D major” by Haydn
This is the piece that their father picks for Josef’s audition (Jae-Jones 64). It isn’t received well by the audience or the maestro, but it shows Liesl that he and François would be close.
This sonata is also played at a major moment when we realize that the Goblin King stepped into their inn and stole Käthe away.
“The Four Seasons, Winter (L’inverno), 2nd movement” by Vivaldi
This is the first successful piece that impresses Master Antonius, and it was Liesl’s idea to play it (Jae-Jones 69). It also masterfully shows how close Liesl and her brother are when they play.
“The Four Seasons, Summer (L’Estate), 3rd movement” by Vivaldi, as played by Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra
Josef colored, but his eyes shone as he grinned at François. Without warning, he launched into the third movement of Vivaldi’s L’estate, the presto. Intense and fast, it called for all his abilities as a virtuoso player, and I could not keep up with him. (Jae-Jones 70)
“The Arena” by Lindsey Stirling
I imagine this song going with the battle for Käthe’s and Liesl’s freedom, but I also see it as the Goblin King’s personal fighting with his contract. The video itself makes me think of the balls in the underground.
“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
When I listen to this song, I remember their wedding and the first couple weeks of their marriage. I think this speaks to what the Goblin King has been doing all these years in looking for a bride to love and remember. I can also see this go for the goodbye.
“Rainbow” by Kesha
Liesl changed from being unable to write music to composing beautiful pieces, from missing her family to finding who she is.
“I Lived” by OneRepublic
Considering the prices to be paid, this applies to both the slow devouring of the Goblin Queen and the moment when the Goblin King lets her go back.
It also applies to Josef. Liesl wants her brother to succeed, to live his passion, and to not fall into the trap of their Goblin King.
“Shatter Me” by Lindsey Stirling (ft. Lzzy Hale)
Carrie, another Lindsey Stirling song? Yes. She’s amazing, and her songs fit my thoughts about Wintersong best.
This song I mostly tie to the scenes that lead up to the consummation of their marriage, but I think it has to do with the decisions Liesl makes in the book. She has to decide to stop living the same life over and over again, even when it’s seemingly better with Käthe wiped from existence. One of the biggest choices she has to make is the one to stay or leave the Underworld. She wants to literally feel alive again, but the price might be the end of the world.
I also read an interesting interpretation by fixlly on SongMeanings. They said, “Spinning around in the dark, dancing the same dance and playing the same song until the mechanics stop working.” Liesl does this a few times. She does this when she debates about going after her sister, when she’s trying to figure out how to get out with her sister, and when she tries to compose music.
On a smaller note, “tired mechanical heart” reminds me of a metronome and Liesl’s withering away.
That’s it for my soundtrack of Wintersong.
Have you made a soundtrack for a book before? If you have read Wintersong, are you excited for Shadowsong to come out next week?
Jae-Jones, S. Wintersong. Thomas Dunne, 2017.