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Pride and Prejudice in Music — 12 Comments

  1. LOL at ‘Help’!!!

    I too love the Adele choice for Pemberley – some lovely connections, Susan. This isn’t something I’d ever given much thought to, but I really enjoyed reading this. Okay, off to iTunes now to listen to some of them!!!

  2. I loved this. I think we need Diana Krall’s cover of “Besame mucho” somewhere. Has anyone mentioned Sting (Symphonicities) “I burn for you”? That’s an absolute necessity for FD.

  3. I can’t add any but, boy , I have certainly enjoyed all those that did.

    Wonderful blog. I smile and sang a few lines as I read!!

  4. I never thought about putting modern music with Pride and Prejudice, but I like the idea. It opens up so many possibilities! If I can deviate a little, I think “So Close” (Jon McLaughlin) is perfect for the relationship between Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth.

  5. I’ve never really thought about this before. I’ve always been so caught up in the story that modern music has never popped into my head while reading or watching P&P. It’s happened for contemporary reads but not any classic. I think it’s really cool though.

  6. OK. Here are some…hopefully I put them in the right scenes…a few gave me angst …but fit at some point….

    Darcy Sees E for the first time
    I Only Have Eyes For You The Lettermen

    Darcy While Elizabeth & Jane are at Netherfield
    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Gordon Lightfoot

    Darcy Thinking of Elizabeth After He Leaves
    All I Have to Do Is Dream The Lettermen/Roger Wittaker

    Darcy @ Netherfield Ball
    Going Out of My Head/ Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You The Lettermen
    Lady in Red Chris de Burgh (most of the lyrics & no pun intended)

    Darcy thinking of Elizabeth at Rosings
    It Must Be Love Don Williams
    Unchained Melody The Lettermen

    Darcy after His Failed Proposal
    Raining on My Heart Buddy Holly
    Blue Days, Black Nights Buddy Holly
    Only You and You Alone The Lettermen

    When Darcy Has the Lavender Pots put Back
    All I Have to Do Is Dream Roger Wittaker/The Lettermen

    Darcy & Elizabeth at Pemberley
    It Must Be Love Don Williams

    Elizabeth finds Out Lydia had eloped
    Total Eclipse of the Heart Bonnie Tyler (most of the lyrics)
    Crying The Lettermen

    Darcy Finally declares himself to Elizabeth
    Say It Again Don Williams
    When I Fall In Love The Lettermen
    Let It Be Me The Lettermen

    I couldn’t find better or equal than

    The Moment I Saw Your Eyes for the first time Darcy really noticed Elizabeth

    Your So Vain for what Elizabeth thinks about Darcy at the first assembly

    Yesterday for Darcy’s failed proposal

    Girls Just Want to Have Fun for Lydia at Brighton

    Help when Elizabeth finds out Lydia has Eloped

    I Say a Little Prayer when Elizabeth finds out Darcy Returned to Netherfield

  7. I love this and yes I do have soundtracks that play in my head.

    Here are some of the contemporary songs I’d suggest for a P& P soundtrack:

    Falling Slowly (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) is quite a good description of much of Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship development

    With or Without You (U2) could be Darcy at a couple of points in the story

    A Little Less Conversation (Elvis Presley v JXL) for Darcy, especially at the Netherfield Ball

    Accidentally in Love (Counting Crows) for when Darcy realises he has fallen for Elizabeth – it could also work for Elizabeth later on, and for Bingley and Jane really

    Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell) for Darcy when he’s feeling disillusioned about Elizabeth post-Hunsford

    How Far We’ve Come (Matchbox Twenty) could work for Elizabeth post-Hunsford when she realises what she thought was wrong

    I Will Wait (Mumford and Sons) for Darcy once he sees Elizabeth again at Pemberley

    You and Me (Lifehouse) for Darcy and Elizabeth at Pemberley

    Someone to Watch Over Me (many versions) for Elizabeth when she knows Darcy helped find Lydia

    Need You Now (Lady Antebellum) for both Elizabeth and Darcy, particularly late in the story (post-Lydia’s escapades) when they are uncertain if they will see each other again

    Everything (Michael Buble) for Darcy when he proposes the second time, and it works just as well for Elizabeth at the same point

    Songbird (Eva Cassidy) for Elizabeth and Darcy

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