By now it must already be clear that I’m a hardcore fan of Haruki Murakami… Which is why I wanted to dedicate this week’s post to one of the many aspects of his novels that I love: his musical references and the way certain songs are of utter importance for the development of his characters.
We all have music-related memories – that song we once heard on the radio during a car trip, the one which reminds us of our best friend or of a relationship that didn’t go the way we hoped… And the same applies to Murakami’s characters, especially thanks to his encyclopedic musical knowledge. This is the reason for my fascination: all these little musical details make his characters pop out of the pages like real-life people in a way that I have never seen in other contemporary authors.
“Once the plane was on the ground, soft music began to flow from the ceiling speakers: a sweet orchestral cover version of the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood”. The melody never failed to send a shudder through me, but this time it hit me harder than ever.” – Norwegian Wood, p. 1
I’d rather let the music speak for itself, so, without further ado, here is my Murakami-inspired playlist on Spotify. If you are not familiar yet with Murakami’s novels, think of this playlist as a musical tasting. If you’re a hardcore fan like me, have fun trying to guess in which books do these songs appear! Happy listening!