A Playlist of Tracks Heard in Murakami Novels
Music is an indispensable component in the works of Haruki Murakami, and now you can hear the tracks he features.
As a hypothesis it could be accepted that the relationship between music and literature, which is already close, has become even closer in modern times with the invention of devices that allow music to be taken to practically any moment of daily life, from the phonograph to the wide range of personal music players that we now have at our disposal. Writing, in this sense, is not the exception, but neither are other common activities such as going for a run, cooking or bathing. Anything can be done nowadays while listening to music at the same time.
Among contemporary authors, Japan’s Haruki Murakami is the writer who perhaps best brings to literature that characteristic of our reality. Or perhaps it would be better to say his reality, as in his novels music is not simply an incidental element but a narrative component that the author translates across from his own vitality. Murakami is a melomaniac in the etymological sense of the word, in which love and music are mixed to produce not only the desire to listen as a result but also the desire to seek, surprise oneself, share and make the sounds and melodies a constant companion.
How many songs, musicians, albums, concerts or other music formats has Murakami mentioned in his work? The list is a long one, although the genres covered are few, with a certain preference for jazz and classical music.
On Spotify there is a list of 56 tracks compiled by Scott Meslow as a kind of ‘musical guide’ to Murakami’s narrative and, in some cases, with the reference to where that track is mentioned in his work.
If you are a Murakami fan then without a doubt this playlist will excite you. And if the Japanese writer’s literary style is not to your taste, you can at least have the chance to get to know his musical taste – after all, only in this age can we enjoy the fact that we can allow a music lover like Murakami to provide us with a playlist to accompany our daily activities.
Pictorial spiritism (a woman's drawings guided by a spirit)
There are numerous examples in the history of self-taught artists which suggest an interrogation of that which we take for granted within the universe of art. Such was the case with figures like
Astounding fairytale illustrations from Japan
Fairy tales tribal stories— are more than childish tales. Such fictions, the characters of which inhabit our earliest memories, aren’t just literary works with an aesthetic and pleasant purpose. They
A cinematic poem and an ode to water: its rhythms, shapes and textures
Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water. - John Keats Without water the equation of life, at least life as we know it, would be impossible. A growing hypothesis holds that water, including the
Watch beauty unfold through science in this "ode to a flower" (video)
The study of the microscopic is one of the richest, most aesthetic methods of understanding the world. Lucky is the scientist who, upon seeing something beautiful, is able to see all of the tiny
To invent those we love or to see them as they are? Love in two of the movies' favorite scenes
So much has been said already, of “love” that it’s difficult to add anything, much less something new. It’s possible, though, perhaps because even if you try to pass through the sieve of all our
This app allows you to find and preserve ancient typographies
Most people, even those who are far removed from the world of design, are familiar with some type of typography and its ability to transform any text, help out dyslexics or stretch an eight page paper
The secrets of the mind-body connection
For decades medical research has recognized the existence of the placebo effect — in which the assumption that a medication will help produces actual physical improvements. In addition to this, a
The sea as infinite laboratory
Much of our thinking on the shape of the world and the universe derives from the way scientists and artists have approached these topics over time. Our fascination with the mysteries of the
Sharing and collaborating - natural movements of the creative being
We might sometimes think that artistic or creative activity is, in essence, individualistic. The Genesis of Judeo-Christian tradition portrays a God whose decision to create the world is as vehement
John Malkovich becomes David Lynch (and other characters)
John Malkovich and David Lynch are, respectively, the actor and film director who’ve implicitly or explicitly addressed the issues of identity and its porous barriers through numerous projects. Now