Books For Music Lovers

Besides music, bands, concerts and records, books are one of my favorite things. I’ve always loved reading–especially books related to music. (Ha, what a surprise, right?) If you’re like me, and you want to combine your passion for music and books, this is the post for you! I found a few books that all music lovers should consider reading, and I’ve shared them below.                                  

                                  Thank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz

thank-you-goodnight-9781476791777_hrTeddy Tremble is 40 years old, and struggling to move on from his past as the lead singer of a one-hit-wonder band (Tremble) in the ’90s. When Teddy suddenly receives a strange call from one of his former bandmates after 10 years, he finds himself attempting to get the band back together. As the story continues, Teddy tries to make amends with someone he loved years ago, and create a new record to rekindle Tremble’s popularity. (This book is so well-written, and a quick read. It’s touching, fun, and will leave you laughing out loud. The humor is quick and witty, and the characters are so lovable! By the end, you’ll want to form your own band.)


                                                 Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey by Ed Sheeran


Even if you aren’t an Ed Sheeran fan, this is definitely an autobiography worth reading. It follows Ed’s journey in becoming the successful artist he is today. Beginning his music career as a busker at just 17 years old in England, to selling out Madison Square Garden multiple times in just a matter of minutes, Ed’s truly worked his way to the top. The book explores his songwriting process, stories behind his numerous tattoos, his early influences, and more. (Loved this book. It was so much fun to read about a young artist’s real experience with the music industry today.)


                        Love Is A Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield

46190This is autobiography memoir written by a rock critic. Through out the book, fifteen mix tapes frame a story of love, loss, and an adorable couple’s passion for music. At the beginning of each chapter, the author provides a track list for each of these mix tapes, which is super fun to read. (Warning: this book has a pretty tragic twist to it, but that’s what makes it so touching. I found myself learning about artists and the history behind some well-known songs that I didn’t know about. A quick, fun read! This book made me want to dig out all my old cassette tapes.)



                           Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

71LkLmxqgjLThis is one of my favorite books from last year. Set in the ’80s, it follows the developing love story between two high schoolers who share a passion for music and comic books. Eleanor is a bit of outcast, with her fiery red hair, odd clothing, and dysfunctional family. Park, however, is popular, handsome, and seemingly confident. The unlikely relationship between the two of them blossoms into something more, which results in an adorable story. (I read this in a single day. So good!)

An Interview With Nate Maingard

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Nate Maingard

Nate Maingard, a singer-songwriter from South Africa, refers to himself as a “modern-day troubadour.” Having grown up in a household filled with poetry and song, Nate has always been fascinated by the power that music has to tell stories.

Nate began performing in 1998. He took his career in a new, independent direction in 2011 when he began building an innovative, online community of supporters (now composed of over 200 patrons) who pledge a monthly fee to support his music. In exchange, Nate provides his fans with early access to his music, as well as personalized cards and video messages. Nate has performed in venues and living rooms alike all over South Africa, the U.K., Germany, and California–telling his stories through song.

A Perfect Playlist: How would you describe your sound?

Nate Maingard: Someone else did it better than I ever could: “Love songs for rebels and protest songs for lovers.” -Angela Weickl

APP: At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to pursue music?

Nate: Music pursued me. I tried many other things and eventually had to acknowledge that it was the only thing my heart was asking me to fill my time with. I tried to leave, promise. 😉

beatles+5APP: What was your favorite record as a kid?

Nate: Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles.

APP: You call yourself a “modern troubadour.” Which do you enjoy more: performing for small crowds, or singing onstage for large crowds? Why?

Nate: They each have their own positives and negatives, but overall, I’d have to say I prefer the smaller crowds. The intimacy and connection is what I live for. My songs are like shy deepwater seahorses which only come out under the right circumstances…but when they come out, they frolick and bring joy to all who come across them. (Sorry, I ramble sometimes.)

on the streetAPP: What’s your favorite song you’ve written?

Nate: That is an impossible question. I have many aspects of many songs I love. Currently I’m loving a brand new one I just wrote today. That’s always the case–the new ones become my favourites for a while. A definite long-term favourite is “Always Wandering.”

APP: I love your song “Slow It Down.” So well-written! What’s the story behind that song?

Nate: Aw, thank you so much! Well, I was just observing that everything in society is accelerating: cars, phones, computers, airplanes, lifestyles…and, well, I can’t really see the point. Are people happier because of it? Do they have more time to connect with the ones they love? Seems not. It seems the faster we move the less time we have to connect with other people and really  share the beauty of being human together. Also, Buddha, Jesus, Ghandi, John Lennon, Bob Marley (and many more) all spoke incredible truths. If people just slowed down enough to pay attention to the great teachers and act on what they spoke, this world would change overnight.

APP: Any particular artists, songs or albums you’ve been listening to a lot lately?

Nate: Yes, indeed. I am HOOKED on my friends’ music. Loving Sam Garrett, Roaman, Ny Oh, Thomas James Smith, Jesse Sheehan, Kim Cassidy. Also Matthew P, Mitski, Avi Vincour…the list goes on…

hugAPP: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Nate: Bananas.

APP: Are you working on any new music right now?

Nate: Yup, just wrote a new song today, and have a couple more in the works. The rough versions will be exclusively available for my patrons on Patreon in the next few days (

APP: Anything else you want to say to readers of A Perfect Playlist?

Nate: Perfection is a subjective perception, so don’t let the engine of education crush your curiosity. Celebrate your child-like inclination to dance with admiration for this mysterious creation!

Find Nate & his music below!