Previously on It’s Music You Can Read To I recommended 5 music albums for listening to while reading.
I’m back with more reading music ideas! As I said on the first installment, I’m not a musical expert in any way, so I chose these based on 1. my level of enjoyment while listening and 2. its ability to float in the background without demanding center stage of my attention.
X-Men: First Class score by Henry Jackman
What I like about this soundtrack, besides that all of it is really good, is that there are a lot of different Moods and they’re all really intense. You have the triumphant “First Class” theme, along with the pensive and sad “Would You Date Me?,” the chilling “Frankenstein’s Monster,” and the resigned “Mutant and Proud.”
Pair it with: something with a lot of Feels like Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis.
Panic by Caravan Palace
And now for something completely different! Caravan Palace is a French electro-swing band. I don’t know anything about French electro-swing, but I do love this band. They do have a varying degree of vocals in their songs, especially their newer album, so Panic (2012) is my favorite. Here is one of their tracks if you want to check them out.
Pair it with: a steampunk adventure like Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The Phantom Menace score by John Williams
This is one of my favorite Star Wars soundtracks. Don’t @ me.
Like all things Star Wars, there are multiple editions so I’m referencing the “Ultimate Edition.”
Besides the epic-but-overplayed “Duel of the Fates,” there are few tracks I especially love, including the eery “Swimming to Otoh Gunga,” pretty much any of the Trade Federation battle songs like “Activate the Droids,” and the surprisingly happy Tatooine tracks like “Anakin, Podracer Mechanic.” There’s a lot of variety in this score, making it easy to put on repeat while I’m reading.
Pair it with: an interesting biography like Alexander of Macedon by Peter Green (you didn’t really think you’d get through this without some Alex, did you?).
Frédéric Chopin is pretty obscure so you probably haven’t heard of him. If I want some soothing piano background music, Chopin’s definitely one of my top three choices (spoilers the other two choices involve Nobuo Uematsu).
Pair it with: a volume of 19th c. poetry, Christina Rossetti perhaps?
Last Exile score by Dolce Triade
How much I love this score definitely has nothing to do with how much I love the anime of the same name. I don’t know what you’re talking about. But seriously, this score has a plethora of trumpet fanfares (“Silverna”), suspenseful battle music like “Naval Affair” and quirky flutes like in “Brave Willing.” Plus “Cloud Age Symphony” is just a lot of fun.
Pair it with: an alternate history like Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Until next time on It’s Music You Can Read To!