Songs That Make Books Better

by Tee Tate

“Never Let Me Go” — Judy Bridgewater (created for Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro)

This one, I think, is equally creepy — but in a slightly more fun way. Judy Bridgewater is a fictional musician, created by Ishiguro simply in order to contextualize the tune that he makes so central to his novel, and the music for the song was only written once the film version of Never Let Me Go was produced. Although I did (obviously) feel like the book was at least a thousand times as good as the movie, it was pretty interesting to hear the music actually come to life, whereas I’d just been trying to give it my own beat or melody while reading. And the tune, which was written Luther Dixon and performed here by Jane Monheit, is just cheesy enough to work perfectly in that somewhat-weepy role Ishiguro originally assigned it in the novel.

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JustBrowsing 6 July, 2012 - 11:15 am

Sensational! Loved the chance to actually hear the music and make the connection with you. This is a special treat!

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