Jacob’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. Luciano Pavarotti – Anything

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

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

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

5. The Black Keys – She’s Long Gone

6. Philip Glass – Koyaanisqatsi  – Soundtrack

7. Huey Louis and The News – Sports

8. Genesis – (Peter Gabriel era)

9. Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill

10. Mary Fahl – Take Me as I Am

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

12. Bruce Springsteen – Radio Nowhere

13. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance

14. Marty Robbins – El Paso

15. Simon & Garfunkel – America and Sounds of Silence

16. Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere

17. Bob Dylan – Ballad of a Thin Man