This post is a companion piece to a post I have published on my other blog, Leaping Life, participating in the Six Degrees of Separation book-link meme.

In that post, I used sound tracks as prompts for a couple of book choices and thought it would be fun to add musical links here. One thing has led to another, as can happen in life. When I read through my book choices, several accompanying tracks immediately came to mind. So here we have a playlist to accompany the whole set of book links – enjoy! πŸ™‚


  1. Malcolm Gladwell reminds me of Malcolm MaclarenΒ and the fabulous trackΒ Double Dutch – how I would love to have a go at that skipping!


2. Big Magic reminded me of Take That’s Could It Be Magic. How young they all look!


3. The Magic Faraway Tree made me think of Lullaby of the Leaves, performed here by the Benny Goodman Sextet. I was introduced to this track by Mr Tracks when we first met so it has very fond memories for me:


4. Moon Tiger makes me think of Tiger by ABBA. I’m so pleased to be able to sneak in a track from one of my guilty pleasure groups!


5. Next, we have Lady in Gold. I could easily have picked Lady in Red here, but prefer to go with Spandau Ballet’s Gold:


6. Now we arrive at our sounds tracks. First, The Third Man – utterly brilliant in its jolly-yet-menacing quality:


7. And last, but by no means least, here is the sumptuous opening title music from Doctor Zhivago. It never fails to give me spine-tingles:


19 thoughts on “Six degrees of listening while reading

    1. That’s brilliant, thanks so much for the link. Danger Music does not seem to be out in the UK until October but I will definitely pick it up then, and I can listen to the soundtrack in the meantime! πŸ™‚

  1. I like this, you have your very own soundtrack straight away and its a great excuse (as if one were needed!) to wander around the music world and discover new sounds. I like it.

  2. Fantastic! Such a joy, wandering down memory lane for a few of these, and in one of those bizarre coincidences, I heard the piece from The Third Man just the other day. Glad for opted for Gold over Lady in Red. I love them both but Gold is special!

    (When my six degrees is out, you’ll see I have gold in my chain!)

  3. I love this list! Doctor Zhivago is a favourite film of mine for so many reasons, including the soundtrack. Maurice Jarre certainly knew how to write a tune! I love his theme to Lawrence of Arabia too.

    1. ooh yes – LofA is stunning too, isn’t it (both film and soundtrack) – gosh, building up a bit of a watch/re-watch list here….! πŸ™‚

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