So today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday, from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, is what book titles might make good song titles and … whoa, what … come again?
As someone who reads a lot of diverse genre, specifically, crime and science fiction, this one actually had me laughing out loud. No, seriously. I nearly snorted my coffee across the keyboard thinking about the different tiles I just read recently, and how they might appears as a song title.
I mean, who is going to want to sing a lullaby that’s titled THE ABOMINATION (book by Jonathan Holt) or FORCE OF NATURE (book by Jane Harper) though, it is true Force of Nature could, at a squeeze be a song title. Then let’s think of a few SF titles, how about VELOCITY WEAPON (book by Megan O’Keefe), yeah, sure … not unless we’re talking some weird ass heavy metal grunge group going all Mongolian, or something.
Or, how about, CAPTAIN MOXLEY AND THE EMBERS OF THE EMPIRE (book by Dan Hanks), now there’s a catchy title if ever I heard one. Could you image the lyrics to this K-Pop song, sung in French or Korean? No? Nor can I.
But then, who ever thought a song entitled WATERLOO would ever reach the top of the charts across the planet, and go on to make one group of 4 Swedes an international phenomenon!
So where does that leave me?
Probably paddling up a waterfall, in mid-winter, without a chance of ever reaching the top.
But fear not, I’m sat here wracking my last brain cell fuelled on an 11-strength Nespresso capsule and thinking I just might have ten titles that could work. Behold, a miracle:
- TATIANA by Martin Cruz Smith — a modern Russian folk ballad
- STAR OF THE NORTH by D. B. John — a North Korean Christmas lullaby
- SAVING FAITH by David Baldacci — a country & western ballad
- THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny — a 60s Quebecois folk song
- HARD TIMES by Sara Paretsky — a 50s cowboy love song
- FOUR BLIND MICE by James Patterson — a children’s nursery rhyme
- FOOLPROOF by Barbara D’Amato — a Motown dance number
- THE CUBAN AFFAIR by Nelson deMille — a 50s latino salsa hit
- THE BOTTOMS by Joe R. Lansdale — a 1920s flapper hit
- THE BEGGAR’S OPERA by Peggy Blair — the latest from Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice
So, how did I do? Did my choices give you a giggle at least? I hope so. And you, what books have you chosen? I’m sure you have all come up with some better titles than I have. Leave a comment, and your links, and let’s all enjoy!