Dancing with Austen-Redux – Classic Rock Edition — 34 Comments

  1. Oh, Mary. These are excellent. I think that Celine Dion’s song ‘The Power of Love’ applies to all six of Jane Austen’s books. She has another one, ‘Seduces Me” which might be a good Wickham/Lydia song. I can’t wait to read what others come up with. How fun this is!

  2. Austen Redux–U2 Edition

    “With or Without You” — Emma (I can’t stand her, but I love her anyway)

    “Beautiful Day” — Darcy and Elizabeth confessing their feelings for each other on their walk in 1995 P&P

    “Sweetest Thing” — Lydia

    “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” –Edmund in Mansfield Park…until he realizes he loves Fanny

    “Pride” (“In the Name of Love”) — Darcy, of course!

    “Stuck in a Moment” –Darcy after Elizabeth’s refusal

    “Vertigo” — Marianne’s reaction to Willoughby’s cutting her at the party in London

    “Stand Up Comedy” — Elizabeth when Lady Catherine visits Longbourn

    “One” — Elinor and Edward Ferrars

    Okay, I need to be grading essays, not perusing my mental U2 playlist….

    Susanne 🙂

  3. How funny. I am sure there are more tunes out there….but my brain’s hard drive isn’t booting this morning. Made for a happy morning though.

  4. These are so funny and many are from my own youth so bring back the angst of some of my own early crushes. Thank you so much for the uplift. Now I have to find some of them and play them on iTunes or from my old 33 1/3’s (Yes, I still own many plus cassettes).

    • You own cassettes! So do I! When I mentioned on FB that I was listening to Let the Circle Be Unbroken on a cassette, I received so many comments asking where I had found a cassette player. 😉 Of course, I had one. It was a boom box as big as a baby.

  5. From something I posted on the Goodreads Jane Austen discussion page. I got just a bit carried away. I’m stuck in the (mostly) 70s/Singer Songwriter Era:

    Sir Walter Eliot to himself: James Blunt “You’re Beautiful”
    The Kellynch Hall mirrors to Sir Walter: Carly Simon “You’re So Vain”
    Anne Eliot to Captain Wentworth: Dan Fogelberg’s “Seeing You Again”
    Lady Catherine to everyone: Frank Sinatra “My Way”
    Emma to Mr K: Orleans “Dance with Me”
    Mr K to Emma: Orleans “Love Takes Time”
    Darcy to Lizzy: Orleans “Still the One”
    Fanny to Edmund: Yvonne Elliman “If I Can’t Have You”
    Mary Crawford to Edmund: Pink Floyd “Money”
    Mary Crawford to Edmund, yet again: Dido “I’m No Angel”
    Anne Eliot to Captain Wentworth: Yvonne Elliman “Hello Stranger”
    Captain Wentworth to Anne Eliot: Joe Cocker “The Letter”
    Catherine to Mr. Tilney: Fontella Bass “Rescue Me”
    Marianne to Willoughby: All versions “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
    Elinor to Edward: ELO “Strange Magic”
    Col Brandon to Marianne: Cat Stevens “Oh Very Young”
    Lizzy to Darcy: Olivia Newton-John “Have You Never Been Mellow”
    Mrs. Croft to Admiral Croft: The Moody Blues “Sitting At The Wheel”
    Lizzy to Bingley: The Beatles “She Loves You”
    Edward to Elinor: Mary MacGregor “Torn Between Two Lovers”
    Elinor/Marianne/Margaret/Mrs Dashwood to Fanny and John Dashwood: Foreigner “Cold as Ice”
    Elinor to Lucy Steele and Mrs. Ferrars: Foreigner “Cold as Ice”
    Edmund to Mary: Joe Cocker “Unchain My Heart”
    Marianne to Col Brandon: Lulu “To Sir With Love” (yes, the Col. isn’t a Sir, but he should be)
    Me to Jane Austen: Sugababies “Too Lost in You”
    Emma to herself: 10cc “I’m Not in Love”
    Jane Bennet to Bingley: Beatles “8 Days a Week”
    Caroline to Lizzy: ELO “Turn to Stone”
    Anne and Capt Wentworth: duet “Reunited”
    Willoughby to Marianne:Elvin Bishop “Fooled around and fell in love”
    Bingley to Darcy:Bee Gees “You Should Be Dancing”
    Adm Croft to the Musgrove Sisters: Lynyrd Skynyrd “What’s Your Name”
    Aunt Norris to Fanny: Nick Lowe “Cruel to be Kind”
    Eliza Williams to Willoughby Three Degrees “When will I see you again”
    Marianne to Willoughby: James Taylor “Fire and Rain”
    Robert Ferras to himself: ZZ Top “Sharp Dressed Man”
    Lady Susan and Catherine Vernon duet: ELO “Evil Woman”
    Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax duet: Atlantic Starr “Secret Lovers”
    Mrs Bennet to her daughters:The 5th Dimension “Wedding Bell Blues”
    Lizzy to Mr Collins: Police: “Don’t stand so close to me”
    Charlotte Lucus to Mr Collins:Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do With It”
    Neighbor Network of Spies to Catherine : Police “Every Breath You Take”
    Fanny to Edmund:Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr “You don’t have to be a star”
    Lucy Steele to Ferrars money: James Taylor: “How Sweet It is”
    Anyone who’s read all of this to me: Simon and Garfunkel “The Sounds of Silence”

    P.S. For the Captains, Admirals, and Liet. “In the Navy”: The Village People

  6. I’m going to go with ‘And He Kissed Me’ for Marianne, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ for Elinor, ‘Everything I Do I Do it For You’ Darcy, ‘You’re My Soul and Inspiration’ for Wentworth…for some reason I associate Kid Rock with Col. Fitz. LOL, I know. ‘Crying in the Rain’ for Willoughby. ‘Californian Dreamin’ (insert Wentworth for CA) for Anne. I need to stop there. Fun post, Mary!

    • I hadn’t had a chance to respond yesterday but thought of ‘Everything I Do, I Do It For You’ but you beat me to it, Sophia Rose. I will say that Greensleeves (Old Tudor lyrics) fit both Darcy and Wentworth. Verses 1,3, & 4 fit Wentworth at Anne’s change of mind at their engagement. Verses 1, 3, 4, & 5 fit Darcy at Elizabeth’s rejection during his first proposal.

  7. I actually thought about this a while back when listening to some much older music from the 50’s. Since you may not be at all familiar with them, I am including links to youtube so you can listen to them.

    Bingley to Jane – All the things you are – Ella Fitzgerald

    Elizabeth to Darcy after she has told him about Lydia and Wickham eloping and he leaves –
    I wish you love – Keely Smith

    Darcy to himself about Elizabeth – You go to my head – Keely Smith

    There are some key lines in each one that made me think of P&P.

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