Runaway- Kanye West.
Holden is always running away from his problems. At the beginning of the story, Holden is running away from his academic problems, i mean, he is only passing all but one subject in school and then later drops out or gets kicked out of school completely. He is also running away from his family problems as well. I believe this is a huge problem with Holden. If only he would talk about his problems to his family rather than runaway from them. Throughout Kanyes song he repeats "and I always find something wrong". This part of the song also relates to Holden because he sees the negative in almost everything he does and is obsessed with it. Holden's negativity is expressed throughout the entire story.
Schools Out- Alice Cooper
"Schools Out" by Alice Cooper represents Holden attitude about school. The excitement and relief throughout this song almost perfectly represents how Holden felt to get out of that "phony" place. "SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER" is repeated multiple times throughout the song to show the excitement and relief children feel after the school year. Holden either flunks out of or gets kicked out of so many schools because he wants to. Holden is not an idiot. He is fully capable of doing good in school but he doesn't like the environment and subjects other than English. He just views school as "phony", a word that he is all but obsessed with.
When You Were Young- The Killers
"When You Were Young" by The Killers represents Holden's obsession with adulthood and staying young. The Killers relate all the positive feelings with being young, "when you were young.." Holden is still young, but on the verge of becoming an adult, and to Holden, being an adult means you lose that innocence you have as a child and have to do some bad to succeed in adulthood. The killers associate all the happiness in this song with the past and being young. Holden just believes his unhappiness will become worse as he enters adulthood and its why hes so afraid of it. Holden idea of adulthood becomes stuck in Holdens head and is only holding him back
Sing About Me I'm Dying of Thirst- Kendrick Lamar
"Sing About Me I'm Dying of Thirst" by Kendrick Lamar relates to how Holden feels the need to call people when he is going through problems. Kendrick's song is told in 4 points of views. The first 3 P.O.Vs are told from Kendrick's friends that called him when they were going through serious problems and needed his help. The 4th point of view is Kendrick's on all of the situations his friends needed him for. The way Kendrick's friends needed him is exactly how Holden needed his friends and family. As Kendrick's first friend calls him he opens up the call saying "woke up this morning and figured I'd call you In case I'm not here tomorrow I'm hoping that I can borrow a piece of mind, I'm behind on what's really important My mind is really distorted and I find nothing but trouble in my life." Kendrick's friends call for help while Holden should call for the same thing. When Holden gets to New York he decides he wants to call people but ends up not doing it after 20 minutes inside the phone booth. Holden has created so many problems for himself that if he did call Sally or anyone else it would create more problems with him and his parents because they don't know he dropped out of school yet. Both Holden and Kendrick's friends feel the need to call because of their problems.
Day N' Night- Kid Cudi
"Day N' Night" is about the how Kid Cudi's battle with depression and loneliness. As most of us know, Holden is pretty familiar with depression and loneliness as well. Cudi talks about his daily life as being lonely and depressed, "The lonely stoner seems to free his mind at night He's all alone through the day and night The lonely loner seems to free his mind at night (at, at, at night)". Holden describes himself as being "lonesome" and we can see how that's effected him throughout the story. Holden knows hes very different from the people around him and that he will never fit in with society so he isolates himself from everyone else. Cudi also says "Madness to magnet keeps attracting me", this means that negativity seems to attract to Cudi, but really, its himself that is the negativity. Holden has the same problem, his mind has been poisoned with negative thoughts and feelings as well.