Musical Connections to The Catcher in the Rye – mathandscience0, legalflotsam42, ridebmx291, howtomaneuverwordpress (assigned)

“Play Crack The Sky” by Brand New

This song can metaphorically depict Holden’s depression and his eventual “ship wreck” in life. The sad tone of the song goes well to demonstrate the depression that Holden must be feeling while living in New York City. The song can also metaphorically depict Holden’s own problems with finding love. Holden’s love for Jane is evident through his reaction of when Stradlater talks about Jane in a promiscuous way. But when Holden leaves Pency, he never sees Jane again.

“What they call love is a risk, to always get hit out of nowhere. By some wave and end up on your own.” I feel as though Holden did not confront Jane about his feelings or make a move because he was afraid of the risk of opening up to a woman. Of course he finds another girl named Sally Hayes, but Holden has no respect or even cares about this woman; it is not real love.

“Won’t have to fight for long. This is the end. This story’s old, this is the end but it goes on and on until we disappear.” The ending of the song depicts how Holden must have felt towards the end of the novel, as if it were the end and there was nothing left to live for. In time we will all disappear. It’s just a matter of when. All in all, this is a beautiful song that goes well with the problems of Holden and can connect metaphorically and literally to Holden’s life and towards the novel.

Listen to the song yourself and comment on how you feel about this song.

by Ridebmx291


“Catcher in the Rye” by Guns N’ Roses

Part of this song seems to connect with the conversation Holden has with Mr. Antolini on pages 187-191 in J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. The lines in the poem

We’re not the only ones
Who look at life this way
That’s what the young folk’s say

are similar to when Mr. Antolini said that Holden would find that his was “not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior.” This is similar in that both use the concept that many people look at life in similar ways. Additionally, both works of literature deal with the loss of childhood innocence. As for the inspiration of the song, I see no reason, other than a common title and the use of some ideas, to believe the song was inspired by J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

by mathandscience0


“Admit It” by Say Anything

The lyrics to “Admit It” by the group Say Anything carry a similar message to the opinions and observations of Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. Both share a theme of alienation as well as disgust with the phony world around them, both refer to death, one sees it as peace at the end of struggle, while Holden . At the same time both identify the observer as someone who is not quite so pure in his own motives.

Just as the lyrics refer to “pseudo- bohemian appearance” and “tastes that adhere to…hipster judges,” Holden criticizes the phoniness of characters like the womanizing Stradlater, the social climber Sally Hayes, and Mr. Haas, who is charming only to successful looking parents. These lyrics criticize people who are shallow and superficial. This is similar to how Holden judges people as morons or how he accuses writers in Hollywood of selling out.

Both the novel and the lyrics involve loners who are alienated from society and are focused on criticism of phony people. However, both Holden and the singer admit that they are phony as well. Holden admits to constantly checking how he appears to others. He explains that he only wears the hat in certain places because he does not want to “look like a screwball.” The singer expresses that he tries to look “elegantly disheveled.”The novel and the lyrics share a similar theme of alienation from a phony society. Both use descriptive language about the superficial world and present a loner. Clearly both the novel and this song are unique in that they give the impression of a ranting anti-social loner.

by howtomaneuverwordpress (weirdo)


“Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?” by Green Day

This Green Day song was written in direct response to J.D. Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye. Besides the obvious cosmetic similarity (The song explicitly mentions the novel’s protagonist), the song’s lyrics share resemble the plot and themes in Catcher in the Rye.

“There’s a boy who fogs his world and now he’s getting lazy” refers to Holden’s self delusions about himself and the world as well as Holden’s laziness. His laziness can be seen in the novel by his attitude towards school work and by his almost lackadaisical thoughts of suicide. “There’s no motivation.” Holden his reprimanded for his lack of motivation in the novel. The line, “He makes a plan to take a stand but always ends up sitting” refers to how Holden believes that he is superior to those around him but he never takes any positive action towards a change.

by legalflotsam42


Composition of the Blog

We split the blog up into four sections, one for each song to facilitate easy division of labor. The sections are separated by horizontal rules to facilitate easy reading. Each group member worked on one song. The titles of the song link to a webpage with the graphics. We decided to embed YouTube because it is the obvious choice for embedding video or audio media. Some of us decided to use YouTube instead of listing the lyrics because it is a more efficient use of space.

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4 responses to “Musical Connections to The Catcher in the Rye – mathandscience0, legalflotsam42, ridebmx291, howtomaneuverwordpress (assigned)

  1. killayanksfan101

    I like the concept of this blog, but it is not the most appealing to the eye. If there was a little bit more creativity and not just so much analysis, it would not have been so boring. But the analysises of the songs were very in-depth.

  2. killayanksfan101

    forgot to write (assigned)

  3. While dealing with some WP glitches, I deleted this post and re-posted. I haven’t fixed the color aspects and some other details, so blame me for ruining some creative sparks on this one. 😛 sowwy

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