Thursday, April 22, 2010

Radio Week: Five Pairs for Friday

Lloyd Dobler helps us round out Radio Week...
 To finish off Radio Week, I'm breaking the rules and giving you five songs that this librarian happens to like (this is a complete power trip) and five books to go with them. Billboard and I-Tunes, after all,  can only take you so far.

If you're interested in music you might want to check out The Largehearted Boy who reviews both books and music and gives free AND legal downloads everyday. There's also the fabulous Daytrotter Sessions which showcases a different band's performance daily. Finally, if you're listening to your mp3 player, go ahead and add these two godfather's of rock-and-roll to your playlist: Sound Opinions, the podcast by Chicago's two most famous rock critics, really can't be beat. If you have other music blogs or podcasts that you enjoy, please feel free to include them in the comments.

And now let's get started with our Friday Pick Five!

"Kathleen"- Josh Ritter: A song about a guy who is ready and waiting to give the girl of his dreams a ride back to her house, even if she's never going to see him as anything but a friend.

Paired with it:

The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie
A mother who split for another man.
A father who works 24/7.
An older brother who excels at everything--"and "smokes a lot of weed.
A best friend, of the feminine persuasion, who "only "wants to be a friend, and who's shooting a film set in cool Greenwich Village, New York.
Dylan Fontaine's life seems to be full of drama he can't control. But when he stars in his best friend's movie, Dylan discovers that, sometimes, life's big shake-ups force you to take risks--and to step into the spotlight. 

K'Naan is pretty amazing, he is from Somalia and in each song, manages to lay his life experiences out on the table. "Fatima" is the song about a young life cut way too short.

To go with it:
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Colt and Julia were secretly together for an entire year, and no one—not even Julia’s boyfriend— knew. They had nothing in common, with Julia in her country club world on Black Mountain and Colt from down on the flats, but it never mattered. Until Julia dies in a car accident, and Colt learns the price of secrecy. He can’t mourn Julia openly, and he’s tormented that he might have played a part in her death. When Julia’s journal ends up in his hands, Colt relives their year together at the same time that he’s desperately trying to forget her. But how do you get over someone who was never yours in the first place?

"Waiting on a Sunny Day"- Bruce Springsteen. Have you ever had a really long stretch of bad luck and then one day you wake up and it's finally over? The sun is out again? That's this song.

To go with it, a book about a guy who desperately needs a break in his luck.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Zach is 18. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. 

"Colors" by April Smith
The happiest sounding song about waiting for your boyfriend to comeback from a faraway trip...

Since it's no fun to always be waiting, here's a book to go with it about setting off on an unknown adventure!
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes- Maureen Johnson
Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.
In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.
The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.
Because of envelope 4, Ginny and her artist, a playwright/thief/bloke-about-town called Keith, go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous -- though utterly romantic -- results. Ginny isn't sure she'll see Keith again, and definitely doesn't know what to think about him.
Could the answer be in the envelopes? 

And finally, one last song for your friday:

And a fun book to go along with it, complete with a road trip and a giant statue of a burger boy.

The Secret Life of Prince Charming-Deb Caletti
Quinn is determined to set things right with all of the women her womanizing father has wronged. Enlisting the help of her stepsister, she sets out to make things right and, along the journey, she mends her broken heart as well. Told with great humor, this is a road trip to remember! 

 We hope you've enjoyed Radio Week as much as we have!

All summaries from BookLetters unless otherwise marked.

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