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.

I love making unexpected connections between random ideas. Creating a playlist for my six degrees book choices allows me to prolong the linking fun! And this month, I have given myself an even bigger challenge because I ended up creating two chains, both of which start and finish in the same place. So how to do the playlist? Of course, I could have picked tracks for all 12 books in both chains. But this seemed like a step too far, so I have confined myself to a normal-length playlist, inspired by a selection of links.

So here goes…

For the starting point of Vanity Fair, we begin with a gentle listen in the form of Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel. Here’s a lovely version with Andy Williams:


Next, I can choose from either The Mayor of Casterbridge or The Iliad. And you know what? Any life without a bit of disco funk is the poorer for it in my view. So linking with The Iliad, here’s Odyssey with Inside Out:


The next pairing presented a difficult choice. I could have linked from The Silence of the Girls to the iconic Girls on Film, or even the brilliant West End Girls. But instead, I am choosing to link from Les Miserables to a track from the musical of the same name. Here is Do You Hear the People Sing from the 2013 film, which is an excellent watch if you have not already seen it. And if you have not yet seen the show live on stage, I urge you to find a way of doing so – it’s incredible.


On we go to explore a link between either Life after Life or Zorba the Greek – “Dance? Did you say dance?”:


And now, *claps hands with glee*, I can pick You Only Live Twice over The Innocents Abroad to link with footage of the best ever James Bond, together with the best ever Bond Girl… 😉


Next up is a choice between Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Age of Innocence. Linking with the former gives me a chance to include the very jolly Steppin’ Out with my Baby played by the excellent Pasadena Roof Orchestra:


And last but by no means least, we come to The Underground Railroad. This gave me pause for thought because the book is a sobering read about slavery in the pre-Civil War era. It would not have been right to select anything remotely frivolous. But actually the choice was very simple. The real underground railroad was used by a remarkable woman, Harriet Tubman, to help slaves escape to freedom. She was a life-long activist, contributing significantly to the abolitionist cause, and later promoting suffrage for women. She was nicknamed ‘Moses’. Here is a super version of Go Down, Moses with a tribute to Harriet at the start:


I hope you have enjoyed this month’s #6Degrees playlist. I’ll be back in a few weeks with the next one, where we start with A Christmas Carol – plenty of musical options there! 🙂

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