"The mere fact that she was listening to him seemed to draw fresh layers from his imagination, and in the hours between these afternoon sessions, he'd often find himself preparing a piece in his mind, anticipating her comments, her shakes of the head, her frown, the affirming nod, and most gratifying of all, those instances she became transported by a passage he was playing, when her eyes would close, and her hands, almost against her will, began shadowing the movements he was making."
'Cellists'~from Nocturnes, by Kazuo Ishiguro
My personal Nocturnes playlist (most of these are mentioned in the book; a few are my riffs):
The Godfather, in Venice
By the time I get to Phoenix (Isaac Hayes)
I Fall in Love Too Easily (Chet Baker)
...and Keith Jarrett...
One for my baby (and one more for the road)(Frank Sinatra)
Come Rain or Come Shine (Judy Garland)
Georgia on my Mind (Ray Charles)
Lover Man (Sarah Vaughan)
...and Billie Holiday...
...and Norah Jones...
April in Paris (Sarah Vaughan, net radio)
...and Thelonious Monk...
Dancing Queen (ABBA. Ick.)
My Foolish Heart (Bill Evans)
The Nearness of You (Connie Boswell)
...and Keith Richards...
Black Orpheus (solo, Ray Brown)
The Godfather theme (Slash)