A Coward’s Soundtrack

Throughout A Coward’s Guide to Living protagonist Jacob Will’s life, music had played an influential role. His father played the music which is a reflection of Jacob’s thoughts and/or moods. Quite catholic in scope, it makes for an interesting soundtrack to the story. I invite readers, if they’re not familiar with any of these, to check them out and get a sense of where Jacob was at that moment in the book. They are not listed in any order of importance.

1. Chuck Berry – No Particular Place to Go – Legendary

2. Richard Thompson – ’52 Vincent Black Lightning – Classic Thompson

3. Bob Seger – Her Strut – The ultimate strip club song

4. The Black Keys – She’s Long Gone

5. Philip Glass – Koyaanisqatsi  – Soundtrack

6. Huey Louis and The News – Sports

7. Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill

8. Mary Fahl – Take Me as I Am

9. R.E.M. – Automatic for the People/Drive

10. Bruce Springsteen – Radio Nowhere

11. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance

12. Marty Robbins – El Paso

13. Simon & Garfunkel – America

14. Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere

15. Bob Dylan – Ballad of a Thin Man

16. Peter Gabriel – Don’t Give Up

17. Opera – Luciano Pavarotti

18. Ten Wheel Drive – Tightrope