Music and The Catcher in the Rye
“Privacy is Happiness”– Tame Impala
This tune relates to Holden’s emotion at the beginning of the novel, separated. Holden was illustrated as an independent thinker. Therefore, he’s alone frequently. The writer of this song similar resembles Holden because he’s also a loner. “All the kicks that I can’t compare to making buddies like they’re all supposed to” These lines show the alienation that Holden feels during the start. One circumstances is Holden sitting at the football game looking down at his school mates and evaluating them. “Area around me where my soul can breathe/ I have actually got body that my mind can leave.” This part shows the need for personal space so that Holden’s can have his own expressions and lifestyle without being influenced by others. Holden understands his personality; and he’s capable of making buddies at school. But instead he has his own thinking, which is to seek for credibility. Therefore, the majority of people do not fulfill his standards and are categorized as phonies.
“Weeping in the Rain”– Everly Brothers
Holden’s personality is changed after the death of his sibling. “Weeping in the Rain” has to do with losing a love one, and Holden can connect to that sadness. Allie died at eleven years of ages when Holden was just thirteen. Holden restores Allie into mind every now and then. He stills keep Allie baseball glove with him; he utilizes it for inspiration when composing Stradlater’s structure. “I understand he’s dead, do not you believe I understand that? I can still like him, thought, can’t I? Even if somebody’s dead you just stop liking them” (Salinger 171) parallels with the lines in the song “You will not know the rain from the tears in my eyes/ You’ll never ever know that I still enjoy you so/ Though the heartaches remain/ I’ll do my cryin’ in the rain”. Throughout Holden’s journey, the innocent and pure things in life make him pleased, such as the nuns and the boy from the record store. This goes to show Allie’s death took a place in his heart.
“Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons”– The Pixies
This tune is brief and easy. It is composed in the first person and tells the journey of something traveling from the pine to the Olympus Mons. “Speed leaving without warning” (Bird) links the call for Holden to get out in the real world. This starts by Holden flunking his classes and needing to leave Pencey. While Holden could not relate his school mate much, outside, he’s has nobody and no place to go to. The modification was extreme for him to adjust to, and from a psychological view, it causes a great deal of stress. The important things in the tune seeks for a place to sleep similar to Holden. The location he picked was some random hotel, where he spent his night showing strangers who don’t even care. The list below days Holden come across some people that only results in more depression. “Into the mountain/ I will fall” is a Holden’s state of fatigue and defeat after roaming around New york city City
“Disorder”– Pleasure Division
This song associates with Holden because the artist is also in utter anxiety and is seeking for a way out. “I have actually been waiting on a guide to come and take me by the hand” this line shows the look for an escape. “Could these experiences make me feel the pleasures of a normal guy?” Holden looks for a method of release multiple time in the book, whether it be speaking to somebody or working with a woman of the street. “I’ve got the spirit, lose the sensation” has to do with suicide, disconnecting from the world and entrusting to the spirit. Holden considers about suicide many times throughout his journey. One instance, Holden pretends that he got shot in the stomach. Throughout the tune, the artist, similar to Holden, expresses dismay and detachment from the world.
“I’m Eighteen”– Alice Cooper
While the tune is about being eighteen and Holden’s is only sixteen, it still describes Holden’s circumstance and emotional state. “I’m in the middle with no plans/ I’m a boy and I’m a man” this line explains Holden’s alienation as he wanders around New York. Holden points out a few time and about how he acts like a kid sometimes, such as fooling around with Stradlater. Despite the fact that, he already lost his innocence, he stills cherishes the idea of it. Holden declines the idea of being a matured, and he’s stuck in the middle being both a kid and a man. Holden’s trip to try to find the duck is symbolic solace in the adult world, as the ducks are currently gone. The vocalist likewise discusses about not understanding what he desires and getting confused every day; this is likewise what Holden feels. Holden doesn’t understand what he would do when he matured or where he would go. And when asks by Phoebe, he wishes to be “a catcher in the rye”, which is his method of saying he wishes to lingers on to his innocence. At the end of the song, the vocalist comes to term with being eighteen and he accepts as does Holden in the end.
“Coffee & & TELEVISION”– Blur
This song is written in the very first individual, and is fitting for Holden’s emotional state near completion of the novel. “Practically floored” suggests practically knocked out and subjugated. “Your ear are full however you’re empty/ Holding out your heart/ To people who never ever truly/ Care how you are.” During the novel, Holden seeks convenience to ease his loneliness all over he could. He telephoned Luce for a poor discussion, ended a relationship with Sally horribly, and got kicked around by a woman of the street. After all that, all he’s left with is emptiness and exhaustion. The song also mentions sociability being an issue, which connects to Holden’s difficulty with interacting his expressions, such as never having the ability to call Jane. “There’s wisdom there you’re sure/ Up until the world star slurring/ And you can’t discover the door” this talks to Holden’s seeking for innocence and authenticity in individuals, which he couldn’t. “Starting over once again” is about how Phoebe is able to alter his viewpoint on the world and live a new life.
This piece would be terrific as a recommendations for Holden. Although it’s is not likely that he does observe it. “Do not get any concepts/ They’re not gon na occur” resembles the guidance Mr. Mussolini gave to Holden which is “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause while the mark of the fully grown guy is that he wishes to live humbly for one” (Salinger 182). This later becomes appropriate to Holden’s life when he stops bearing the innocence of the world on his shoulder, as it would just depress him. This likewise would tells Holden to take it down a peg and refrain from doing something as drastic as escaping. “You paint yourself white/ And fill with sound/ But there’ll be something missing.” Painting white, in this case, suggests to end up being pure and isolating one’s self in order to become untainted by the world. Holden separates himself from the rest and due to the fact that of such, he rarely ever find happiness in his life. “Now that you’ve found it, it’s gone/ Now that you feel it, you do not/ You have actually gone off the rails” the lines suggest to not find momentary pleasures, as Holden does when he engage random strangers to handle his anxiety. The title of the song, “Nude”, in this case, suggests stripped-away or mentally vulnerable.
“I Discover a Factor”– The Velour Underground
“I Found a Factor” ties Holden journey’s up in the end, where he finally discovered real happiness. The tune links to Holden’s sensation at the end of the chapter through mainly the tone of it. The song’s tone is not exactly pleased, it’s more of an abrupt realization. The kind that would make an individual’s concern goes all away and all that left is to admire the appeal of the charm it. “Pa pa pa” at the beginning sets up the state of mind of the song. The face of Holden “damn near bawling”(Salinger 213) can almost be envisioned as this line begins. It shows a moment of happiness that Holden has been searching for throughout his journey. “I discovered a factor to keep living/ Oh and the reason dear isyou/ I found a reason to keep singing/ Oh and the factor dear is you” these line demonstrates the idea of what going through Holden’s head as he got his hat put on by his little, which he said it “nearly killed him.” His little sibling became the guardian that looks out for him during his fall. Throughout all this time, he’s been wandering around New York sensation miserable searching for a method of material, he’s now lastly found it.