Music on Mondays (3-27-17)—Yertle the Turtle in Pet Sematary

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Bookless, I am.

My life is in turmoil when I don’t have a book of fiction to read. Such is the case today because I finished my book (Golden Lion by Wilbur Smith) Saturday night but the public library is not open on Sundays. Just a few more hours….

So I went looking for songs about, or inspired by, books for today Music on Mondays post. Here are five I found:

“1984” by David Bowie was inspired by George Orwell’s book with the same title. David Bowie was intending to do a 1984 musical but the project was killed when Orwell’s widow objected. Other tracks on Bowie’s 1974 album, Diamond Dogs, feature other Orwell references, including the song titles “Big Brother” and “We Are The Dead,” Winston Smith’s final words before being captured by the thought police in the book.

I never read J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings so I never completely understood “Ramble On” from Led Zeppelin’s 1969 album, Led Zeppelin II:

Twas in the darkest depths of Mordor
I met a girl so fair
But Gollum, and the evil one crept up
And slipped away with her.

I’m completely unfamiliar with “that book by Nabokov” (Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita) that inspired The Police in 1980:

Young teacher the subject of schoolgirl fantasy
This girl is half his age
He starts to shake and cough
Just like the old man in that book by Nabokov.”

I don’t really like the Red Hot Chili Peppers but I did understand “Yertle the Turtle” from their 1985 album Freaky Styley as soon as I saw the title because I am quite familiar with Dr. Suess.

I’m Yertle the Turtle
The things I now rule
I’m king of a cow
I’m king of a mule

“Pet Sematary” by The Ramones, from their 1989 album Brain Drain, was written for the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Pet Sematary, still one of my favorite books by King.

Molars and fangs
the clicking of bones
Spirits moaning among the tombstones.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

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7 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (3-27-17)—Yertle the Turtle in Pet Sematary

  1. TamrahJo

    Be sure, when you get into the library, to find out if they have an eBook/Digital Books loan option – even the local, small, rural library I work for in Colorado has this option – which was GREAT! when I ran out of reading material last winter during a weekend AND a Blizzard, AND was sitting on the couch, not wanting to fire up the computer (phone app) and couldn’t get excited about re-reading any of the ones on my shelves – 🙂 This is how I discovered the Lee Child, Jack Reacher series AND read his ‘ebooks only’ childhood novellas on the Jack Reacher character – LOL

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I have never re-read a book. That just doesn’t make sense to me because there are so many books I haven’t read the first time. I get enough reading on my computer so I’ll die before I start reading books on a computer. If I run out of things to read, I can read Wikipedia, do research, take pictures, or listen to music…………LOL

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      1. TamrahJo

        LOL – um…yeah…I have plenty of online reading too – – seriously, ain’t us humans funny – how on earth do you not sink into familiar and beloved favorites every now and again – especially when so many ‘new’ ones are, IMHO, sub par and I year for the ‘devil I know’ – – LOL – but yes, see all your points, and I will refrain from ever mentioning such alternatives again, now I know you better – – LOL

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          My favorite are authors—Stephen King, Lee Child, Lincoln Child………—and there is so much of their work that I haven’t read yet. If only they could take a 10-year break from writing so I could catch up.

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          1. TamrahJo

            🙂 My fave author list is more under control than my social media & research/learn lists are – – LOL I am, however, up-to-date and current with Lee Child Jack Reacher series – LOL

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