I spent about an hour staring at a blank screen for this post. It’s not that I don’t love music. I listen to a little bit of everything, and am a true buff at nothing. My most recent road trip found me belting out equally to Starship (“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”), Big Pun (“Don’t Wanna Be A Player”) and George Michael (“Freedom”).
That said, I don’t write by music. Or read by it.
But! Never fear! I don’t come to this post empty handed.
Let me turn your attention, just for the day, to Flavorwire’s Literary Mix Tape series. In their words: “Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable.”
What’s Madeline listening to? “Kids” by MGMT and Francois Hardy’s “Tous Les Garçons et Les Filles.”
On Harriet The Spy’s iPod? “Secret Agent Man” and They Might Be Giants’ “Spy.”
Even my literary hero Jo March has a mix. One that includes Florence and the Machine (“Dog Days of Summer”) and Bright Eyes (“First Day of My Life”) .
Just know that this 263-word post took me about an hour, because the road through literary mixtapes is a long, windy and distracting one.
Consider yourself warned.
What do you think would be on your favorite characters’ on-the-go playlist?