Magical realism as a genre can be tricky to pin down. But there are so many wonderful instances where magical realism transported us to alternate realities. Haruki Murakami, Alice Hoffman, Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), Jorge Luis Borges, Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake), Lucy Christopher (Stormwake), Joanne Harris (Chocolat), and more managed to weave the fantastical into everyday narratives and make us suspend our disbelief.
This Music Monday, we’re sharing some of our favorite music that makes us imagine different realities.
The Wreck of Our Hearts – Sleeping Wolf
There’s something quiet, magical and sweeping about this beautiful song by Sleeping Wolf. I first heard it on The Vampire Diaries and fell in love with it (though I’m firmly #TeamStelena). I owe a lot of my music exposure to the TV series, really.
This song somehow fits perfectly into a magical realism WiP I’ve been toying with, where a girl travels across parallel dimensions to find her father, and ends up trading lives with her doppelganger when she gets embroiled in a murder. Every time I listen to it, I get the motivation to plot the story.
Sea of Years – In Collusion with the Waves
I first heard this as a random suggestion on Spotify, and at first it sounds like a simple ambient track, but there’s some real feeling in this piece. The constant strumming and the cello part towards the end (love me some cello) reminds me of flowing water, or moving traffic, or a landscape going by outside a train window. I can imagine this piece playing over an introspective scene in a book or a film, where the character is lost in a daydream, and the world is moving around them, and they perhaps realize some deep truth inside their heart.
Which track was your favorite? What type of music expands your imagination and makes you believe in magic in real life? Let us know in the comments!