#MusicMonday: Magical Realism

magical realism

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.


I’m still not super familiar with what exactly magical realism is, but with our own definition/description above, I immediately thought of the score for Cloud Atlas, one of my favorite films of all time. The end credits, in particular, play as you’re left with a sense of awe and wonder at what you just witnessed, trying to unravel it all. The score was a brilliant pair for the journey this film takes you on!


Papillon by Blanco White

I’m back with another dreamy, soft song by Blanco White. He studied guitar in Spain and South America, and you can definitely hear this influence in his music, which has a touch of magic woven throughout. This one has such gentle, evocative lyrics, and I will forever be soothed by his voice and the haunting background harmonies. His music is timeless, and always transports me.

La Mentira by Flora Martinez

This smooth jazzy track reminds me of a slow afternoon when, even if melancholy thoughts still strike, you can’t help but be soothed by the beauty of the trees blowing in the breeze, the birds singing, and the slow falling of the dusk. The lyrics are sad, but there is still wisdom in them, and her soft voice sounds like it’s from another time.


The Theory of Everything’s soundtrack is an absolute DREAM. I remember watching the movie and being completely swept into an emotional roller-coaster. It was such a poignant, moving film – a cinematic masterpiece. And this piece by Jóhann Jóhannsson makes me feel like I’m walking in a dream as limitless as the universe.

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!

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