Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday Tunes (16)

The other day my friend MrsC7 posted about Mumford and Sons on our online book club. I had been enjoying their album Sigh No More for awhile now, but until she pointed it out, I had no idea they were so influenced by literature. It turns out their album title, and the song of the same name, is influenced by Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, The Cave has references to The Odyssey, Macbeth influenced Roll Away Your Stone, and Dust Bowl Dance was inspired by John Steinbeck. I had been loving their folky rock anyway, but finding out it is inspired by books, well, that makes me love it even more. They even run a book club for fans on their website.

You can see our little Twitter convo about it here:



The song on the album I find myself listening to over and over, though, is this one:


I can't stop listening to it!

I think it sounds so much happier and so much more upbeat than the subject of the song actually is. It's a somewhat melancholy song, looking at being with a person just because you don't want to be alone. Sometimes, even if the person is awesome, you know you aren't in it for the right reasons or you know it's just not a good idea.

This time no.

It's funny because I'm writing my WIP from the POV of the female main character. But it was originally written from alternating POVs - the girl and the guy. So even though it's now just in her POV, I think of his POV often, and many of the songs I pick out for my story soundtrack actually reflect his POV and not hers. This is SUCH a Brandon POV song! I think that it's because I relate more to him than I do to her...he's the "me" in this book, not her, so when I hear this song, or other songs, I think of how he is feeling, not her.


Winter Winds - Mumford & Sons

As the winter winds litter London with lonely hearts
Oh the warmth in your eyes swept me into your arms
Was it love or fear of the cold that led us through the night?
For every kiss your beauty trumped my doubt

And my head told my heart
"Let love grow"
But my heart told my head
"This time no
This time no"

We'll be washed and buried one day my girl
And the time we were given will be left for the world
The flesh that lived and loved will be eaten by plague
So let the memories be good for those who stay

And my head told my heart
"Let love grow"
But my heart told my head
"This time no"
Yes, my heart told my head
"This time no
This time no"

Oh the shame that sent me off from the God that I once loved
Was the same that sent me into your arms
Oh and pestilence is won when you are lost and I am gone
And no hope, no hope will overcome

And if your strife strikes at your sleep
Remember spring swaps snow for leaves
You'll be happy and wholesome again
When the city clears and sun ascends

And my head told my heart
"Let love grow"
But my heart told my head
"This time no"

And my head told my heart
"Let love grow"
But my heart told my head
"This time no
This time no" 

7 comments:

  1. I love Mumford and Sons. They played in Boston right after I got turned onto them, but tickets were sold out :(

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  2. The entire album is bomb!

    If you like them, you should check out the Decemberist' new album as well.

    EJ

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  3. I'm a big fan of Mumford and Sons. Those connections are super cool. I have to go listen and find all the references. Scavenger Hunt!

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  4. I must live under a rock. I've not heard of them before, but I love this song! I especially like the line of "remember spring swaps snow for leaves."

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  5. Yay! I've been listening to "White Blank Page" on loop - "You desired my attention but denied my affections...So tell tell me now where was my fault in loving you with my whole heart."

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  6. I've just watched that video at least 10 times now when I should be writing. But BONUS! I totally own this song and didn't even know it. I downloaded a bunch of their songs a couple of months ago and I guess I"ve just been listening to Little Lion Man on repeat and haven't give the rest of them as much of a chance.

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