Shakespeare's iPod: If Shakespeare had an iPod, he'd most likely have these tracks playing...
Shakespeare's plays often have songs and are known for their lyrical quality. Lorenzo, in "The Merchant of Venice," states the importance of music and wisely warns against those who don't love music: The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music. (5.1.91-7) Shakespeare was obviously a lover of music, and the characters, plots, and themes of his plays have inspired operas, ballets, musical theatre, and classical pieces. Here are some modern rock and pop songs inspired by Shakespeare. If Shakespeare had an iPod, he'd most likely be listening to these tracks. Mark the Music!
11. Bob Dylan- "Desolation Row" (Live 1966)
10. The Tragically Hip- "Cordelia"
9. Mumford and Sons - "Sigh No More"
8. Lou Reed "Romeo Had Juliette"
7. John's Children - "Desdemona"
6. Dire Straits - "Romeo and Juliet"
5. John Cale - "MacBeth"
4. The Decemberists - "The Island: Come and See" (Live in Sydney)
3. Musetta - "Ophelia's Song"
2. Loudon Wainwright III - "Prince Hal's Dirge" (The BBC Sessions)
1. Billy Bragg - "Milkman of Human Kindness"
I am indebted to & recommend looking at the following sources:
Barney Jeffries's "Readers recommend: songs about Shakespeare – results" UK Guardian. 14 Feb. 2013. Web.
Folger Shakespeare Library's "Play On: Songs Inspired by Shakespeare." Folger Shakespeare Library. Web.
Bill DeMain's "11 Popular Songs That Reference Shakespeare." 11 July 2012. Web.
Thumbnail Image of "The Shakespeare Band" via "Mrs. DeRap's Online Class." 17 mar. 2010. Web.
"William Shakespere." Comment on Shakespearean Songs. Facebook. 13 July 2013. Web.