A Soundtrack for Every Blade of Grass

A Soundtrack for Every Blade of Grass

Leech Lake copyWhat follows are the names of some tracks and artists that inspired me during the writing of Every Blade of Grass. In most cases I found that a particular piece of music came to represent a scene or an aspect of the book’s themes of wonder, loss, and renewal. I’ve given the track name, followed by the artist, and then in parenthesis a scene or theme to which the track corresponds, so that if you like you can read and listen at the same time. I also hope that if there are artists here you’re not familiar with, you’ll make some wonderful discoveries (and if you’re a movie producer, this book would make a great film!)


“Straumnes” Sigur Ros (Morning in Iceland)


“Please Read the Letter” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (James’ first letter)


“Bird Song” The Wailin’ Jennys (The wonder of nature)


“Chinook: The Western Farmlands” Donovan Seidle (James remembers his boyhood)


“Hymn to a Great City” Katia & Marielle Labeque (Michael’s birth)


“Coyote Dance” Robbie Robertson (Martha’s Story of Coyote and the Origin of Speech)


“Happiness Does Not Wait” Olafur Arnalds (Living in the present moment)


Beethoven: Sonata #14 “Moonlight” 1. Adagio sostenuto (James sees the moonbow)


“Miracles” Ron Sexsmith (Nancy falls for James)


“Uja” Tanya Tagaq (James’ terrifying vision in Nepal)


“The Deer’s Cry”   Lisa Kelly (The pilot’s prayer)


“After the Goldrush” k.d. Lang (Haida Gwaii logging protest)


“Mother of God Here I Stand, for String Orchestra” John Tavener (Loss and grief)


“Japura River” Philip Glass & Uakti (Boat trip on the Amazon)


“Anthem” Leonard Cohen (Coming back to life)


“Shadow Behind the Iron Sun” Evelyn Glennie & David Motion (The eclipse at Borobudur)


“Sit Down Young Stranger” Gordon Lightfoot (James drives across the continent)


“Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake” Lang Lang (Martha in China)


“Burning” Ludovico Einaudi   (Martha’s anguish on the bridge)


Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48. No. 7: “In Paradisum” ( “… every blade of grass…” )


“What a Wonderful World” The Innocence Mission (Epilogue in Central Park)



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