Music plays a hugely important role in our lives and in our books; it’s the background of our day-to-day and shapes the decision of characters in books like The Haters and Devil and the Bluebird. Everybody, at some point, has pictured playing with their favorite artist.
So we asked out favorite authors: If you were a musical genius and could perform on stage with any band or artist (past or present), who would it be?
“I’d pick Julie d’Aubigny, otherwise known as La Maupin, just so I could hang out with her later and hear her stories. She was a seventeenth century actress and opera singer, but also a fearless, hot-tempered swordswoman who got into duels all the time and generally won. She was outrageous and fearless, broke all the rules, and got away with it a surprising amount of the time.” – Frances Hardinge, author of The Lie Tree
“I would be a violinist and perform alongside Shostakovich. His pieces are so hauntingly emotive and affecting.” – A.G. Howard, author of RoseBlood
“Probably Bjork. I just think she would have the coolest stage performance ideas, like we’d all have to perform underwater and get gills and tentacles surgically attached to ourselves and stuff. Bjork, if you’re reading this, I play bass and am definitely down to become part sea creature for you.” – Jesse Andrews, author of The Haters
“Ah, too hard a question. Partly because there are too many answers, and partly because I’m so much more a fan of watching than being on stage. I’d rather play around a campfire with folks who are just there for the love of the music, with no audience and no pressure and lots of stars above.” – Jennifer Mason-Black, author of Devil and the Bluebird
“I want to say Jessie J or Beyonce, but I think I would have a heart attack if either of them looked me directly in the face, so perhaps I should go with somebody I admire less emotionally and more clinically. Taylor Swift! Let’s go with Taylor Swift. She’s a blast.” – Riley Redgate, author of Seven Ways We Lie
“Ohh, tricky one. I’m nowhere near a musical genius (or even musically competent) so I’ve never really thought about it, but: Janelle Monáe. Cool music, energetic performance, and I love both her ideas and fashion sense. Can’t go wrong!” – Corinne Duyvis, author of On The Edge Of Gone