I see that at least one publisher of electronic books is planning to introduce soundtracks to their books.   The mind boggles as to what soundtracks should accompany some of my books….

The cacophony of noise during Prime Minister’s Question Time, the Speaker shouting ‘order, ‘order’, extracts from some speeches?


About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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4 Responses to Soundtracks

  1. Dave H says:

    You could always have the sound of gentle snoring, to represent those members who work so hard elsewhere that they have to catch a nap in the chamber when there’s a particularly tedious speech in progress.

  2. Frank W. Summers III says:

    Lord Norton,
    Perhaps you could submit a proposal for one. It might be a change of pace for you to spend a few weeks with galleys in one hand and recordings of works by Handel, Rafe Van Williams, the Beatles and the Spice Girls in the other looking for just the right instrumental passages for each chapter section. One never knows what new talents one may discover in such an enterprise.

  3. ladytizzy says:

    Developing this idea, perhaps the reader could point to a name thus allowing ‘names’ to have their own theme tune. For example, (and triggered by Frank’s reference to the Spice Girls) point to ‘Lord Mandelson’ and the reader becomes a listener to, say, Spice Up Your Life, by said Spice Girls, or the bossa nova classic The Girl from Ipanema.

    Lord Norton, what would be your theme tune? And, Frank, what would you suggest for President Obama?

    • Frank W. Summers III says:

      Lady Tizzy,

      A truly winning idea. For Obama I would have to suggest one tune for personal and one for political life due to his being so significant a figure. For personal life I would suggest: “Papa was a Rolling Stone” by the Temptations or else “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce as Lord Norton would have to decide based on his own judgement. As a political key song “We are the World” by USA for Africa or “Moving on Up” as composed by Don Great and performed by Ja’net Dubois. Here again it would be Lord Norton’s task to make these hard calls…

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