Late Night New York Tunes By: Brittney Barber

Bye bye by Mariah Carey. The song Bye Bye was written for people who has lost someone important in their life. Mariah Carey mentions “I never knew I can hurt like this And everyday life goes on like I wish I can talk to you for a while” which relates to Holden due to the loss of one of his family members. When Holden was younger, his younger brother Allie passed away due to leukemia and that affected him greatly. He “slept in the garage the night he died” and he “broke all the goddamn windows with” his fist (Salinger 39). The death of his brother left a hole in his heart that could never be refilled. The song talks about although she knows they are in a better place, it is just is not the same and she wishes she could talk to them again which is how Holden feels. It just has not been the same since his brother passed.

Emotions by Mariah Carey. When Mariah Carey says “You've got me feelin' emotions Deeper than I've ever dreamed of You've got me feelin' emotions Higher than the heavens above” in the song Emotions, it relates to Holden significantly. Jane never fails to cause Holden to have many emotions. The thought of Jane resulted in happy emotions but it also caused negative ones. For instance, “I tried to sock him, with all my might, right smack in the toothbrush, so it would split his goddamn throat open” (Salinger 43). The simple thought of Jane with Stradlater stirs up so many emotions that without thinking first, he socks Stradlater then attempts at fighting Stradlater. Within the story, he is also continuously has her in his thoughts.

Jenny by Tommy Tutone. Tommy Tutone is confident Jenny is the girl for him and the how Holden is with Jane. Tommy explains through a song “Jenny, Jenny, you're the girl for me I tried to call you before, but I lost my nerve” and in this case, Jane represents Jenny for Holden. Holden considers the “thought of of giving Jane Gallagher’s mother a buzz, and find out when Jane’s vacation started, but didn’t” (Salinger 59). Similar to Tommy, he can not bring himself to call her. He keeps finding excuses not to, but deep down that’s all her wants to do, reconnect with her. Holden also regularly runs into women he thinks can distract himself from Jane, but all he truly needs to fill his void is Jane.

I want to dance with somebody by Whitney houston. Holden is lonely and wants to talk to his sister phoebe however he can not risk the chance of his parents answering the phone so he goes to the lavender room instead. Whitney houston wonders “how to chase my blues away” and so does Holden until he ends up deciding to go to the lavender room and goes in hopes of taking his mind of things. While there, he notices three girls and desperately wants to dance with them. Holden tries to convince them by saying, “‘I’ll dance with you one at a time. All right? How ‘bout it? C’mon!’ I really felt like dancing” (Salinger 70). Throughout the song, Whitney Houston repeats “ I wanna dance with somebody I wanna feel the heat with somebody” which is exactly how Holden felt. Holden was fond of dancing at times, and this was a perfect time because it helped him become distracted from what was going on in his life at this time.

Hot and Cold by Katy Perry. In the song Hot and Cold, Katy perry continuously expresses how there is someone in her life who is “hot then you're cold.. yes then you're no.. in then you're out..up then you're down”. The meaning of the song is that this specific person in her life is very indecisive, and is always changing their opinion which is similar to Holden when he talks about Stradlater. When Ackley mentions his negative opinion on Stradlater, Holden quickly defends Stradlater claiming “‘he’s very generous in some things” (Salinger 24). However as the story continues, Holden’s opinion of Stradlater continues to change. For example, Holden becomes irritated with him, calls him a “crumby bastard”, and does not like him anymore. (Salinger 44).


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