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The Great Gatsby Playlist

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Madison Heideman

on 20 May 2016

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The Great Gatsby Playlist
Bruno Mars
This song was chosen to describe Gatsby's feelings for Daisy. Gatsby often describes their past together, and this song is about a man who wishes he still had a girl from his past. This fits because this whole book has turned into Gatsby's pursuit of Daisy and the love that they once (and still) share.
This song sets the mood for the scene in which Nick goes to one of Gatsby's parties for the first time. This novel introduces the readers to the "Jazz Age," and it's a constant party because the war is over! Guests all gather at Gatsby's large house where there is plenty of music, food, and drinks to share, and they party till dawn. While Nick is at the party he is surrounded by fun/ dancing music and peoples laughter. The song chosen for this scene is " Honey Dipper" by Oscar Peterson. This song is very upbeat and is filled with the desire of wanting to dance! This song also fits very well because its fast tempo helps the reader understand that everyone's life back then was moving very quickly because everybody was after the "newest item".
Oscar Peterson
"Who Are You?"
This song was chosen to represent Jay Gatsby. In the beginning of the book, we don't really know much at all about Gatsby, but we know that he is going to be an important character. At the beginning, we know that Gatsby is neighbors with the narrator, Nick, and that he throws parties quite frequently at his tremendous home. Also, many people talk about him and spread rumors about him, for he carries himself mysteriously. This song was chosen because Gatsby is a very intriguing character, and and the reader progresses in order to find out who Gatsby really is.
"Midlife Crisis"
This song fits with the scene in which Nick "forgets" it's his thirtieth birthday. He describes it in a depressing manner. He thinks that opportunities will start thinning (along with his hair). He describes this next decade as a decade of loneliness, and it appears that he is having a midlife crisis. Therefore, the song "Midlife Crisis" adequately fits this scene for Nick.
"My First Love"
This song is about two beings who dream of the love they once shared. It fits accordingly with the scene in which Gatsby and Daisy are reunited. They were meant for each other, so it was extremely emotional for them to finally meet again. They are depicted as the loves of each others lives, so "My First Love" matches well.
"Gold Digger"
This song was chosen to describe Myrtle Wilson. In "The Great Gatsby," Myrtle uses Tom's money on a whim, and she even makes a list of all the items she wants to acquire (with his money, of course). This was right after she buys a puppy off of a man on the street on a whim with Tom's money. She also changes her dress several times at the party immediately following. This song represents Myrtle because she uses Tom's money with no limit and has no remorse for it.
"Face Down"
Lyrics: "Do you feel like a man when you push her around?
Do you feel better now as she falls to the ground.
Well, I'll tell you my friend, one day this world's going to end.
As your lies crumble down, a new life she has found."
This song has been chosen to represent Jordan Baker. She is described as incredibly dishonest. At a party that Jordan and Nick went to, she left the top down on a borrowed car, and it rained. She lied and said she didn't. There was also a rumor that she relocated her golf ball in the semi-final round. Nick, however, is not bothered by her lying, dishonest behavior. He actually thinks he may be falling for her at this point despite this discovery. The title of this song describes Jordan Baker quite accurately.
"Living in the Past"
This song represents the scene in which Gatsby has his confrontation with Tom. Nick and Gatsby are talking afterwards, and Gatsby believes that Daisy never even loved Tom due to her love for Gatsby. He lives completely in the past because even though he never moved on, she partially did for the years he was gone. Then when Nick says, "You can't repeat the past," Gatsby responds with, "Why of course you can!" Gatsby is taken aback by Daisy's honesty and acts as if the five year gap never happened. His tendency to live in the past is reason this song was chosen.
"I Don't Think I Love You"
This song fits with the scene in which Daisy admits to Tom that she loved Gatsby long ago and that she still loves him now. Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy is leaving him. He doesn't believe him, and then Daisy admits that she is. She no longer loves him. So, the song "I Don't Think I Love You" fits this scene perfectly because that is what Daisy is confessing in this particular part of the novel.
This song was chosen for the scene in which Gatsby escapes a ticket simply by flashing a white Christmas card from a commissioner at Oxford. The police officer lets him go without so much as a slap on the wrist. Upon reading this, one can assume that Gatsby has a great deal of power and influence over his community. He is a very rich and powerful man.
"I Heard it Through the Grapevine"
This song appropriately fits with the beginning of the novel where several rumors are circulating throughout Gatsby's own party. This occurs throughout the novel, but it is first discussed when Nick attends the very first party. Rumors of Gatsby killing a man circulate along with another rumor where he was a German spy. For a while, all we know about Gatsby are the rumors that were spread through the grapevine.
The Who
Kanye West
Kanye West
"When I Was Your Man"
Marvin Gaye
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
This song fits with the scene in which Tom punches Myrtle in the face and breaks her nose. He didn't like that Myrtle was saying Daisy's name, so he stopped it by striking her. A man hitting a woman is unacceptable, and this song puts it into perspective. Also, Tom's lies will one day catch up with him. Daisy will inevitably find out and move on to a more deserving man (a "new life"). She then does find someone more deserving.
Hate Squad
Avant ft Keke Wyatt
"Honey Dipper"
Faith No More
Jethro Tull
This song relates to the story because the lyrics go with the story. The song represents Gatsby talking to Daisy saying how much he loves her and how he is willing to do anything for her. This also relates to when everyone (Daisy, Tom, Gatsby, Jordan, and Nick) were at the apartment in the city. When Gatsby was trying to make Daisy tell Tom that she never loved him and that she only loved Gatsby.
"Tell me pretty lies
Look me in the face
Tell me that you love me
Even if it's fake"
"I'm only a fool for you
And maybe you're too good for me
I'm only a fool for you
But I don't fucking care at all"
Lyrics :
"Rush Of Blood"
"I'm a dreamer,
I wanna be a better man
I'll never be all that you wanted,
but I'll give you everything that I can
Like the greatest rush that you've ever felt
When we hear the sound
I could be your hero
If you want me to, you've got to show me how!"

This song expreses how Gatsby is trying to win Daisy over. The lyrics "I'm a dreamer, I wanna be a better man" decribes Gastby perfectly. He dreams of him and Daisy being together and that he has hope (green light). Also when he thinks Daisy didnt have fun at the party he stops throughing them. He aslo tells Nick that before the war he wanted to be a better person, to keep climbing the social chain.
"Dangerous Women"
Ariana Grande
"Don't need permission
Made my decision to test my limits
'Cause it's my business, God as my witness"
Somethin' 'bout you makes me feel like a dangerous woman
Somethin' 'bout, somethin' 'bout, somethin' 'bout you
Makes me wanna do things that I shouldn't
Somethin' 'bout, somethin' 'bout, somethin' 'bout
The lyrics in this song will represent Daisy and how she gets with Gatsby when she is married. Shes testing her boundries and having an affar with another man. Also the lyrics are "God as my witness" which is said in the book and the movie and helps with the symbol of the Eyes of TJ Eckleburg (the billboard sign).
"I Hate You, I Love You"
Gnash ft. Olivia O'Brien
"Feeling used
But I'm
Still missing you
And I can't
See the end of this
Just wanna feel your kiss
Against my lips
And now all this time
Is passing by
But I still can't seem to tell you why
It hurts me every time I see you
Realize how much I need you"
This song represents Tom and his feelings toward his wife and Myrtle. He has feelings for Myrtle because he's secretly seeing her behind Daisy and Goerges' back. He secretly loves Myrtle but at the same time he doesnt care about her that much because he hits her in one chapter and basically buys her love with animals and apartments. His wife comes into this at the end of the book because he states that even though he wanders to different women he'll always come back to her and thus stating that he still loves her.
Fools Gold
"She livin' in this lie with him
No more coffee in the morning
I'm wide awake while he sleeping in
Know that's why you're calling"
Aaron Carter
This songs represents the relationship between Myrtle and Tom. She lives a lie with her husband George and lies to him about where shes going and hows she feels about him. And Tom also does the same thing to Daisy. The lyric "Know that's why you're calling" refers to Myrtle calling Tom all the time when hes at home and Daisy starts to notice and when she asks who called he lies about that as well.
"Kill Our Way To Heaven"
"We would say anything just to hear what we want
Right or wrong
Then we lie to be forgiven
We would sell anything just to buy who we're not
Any cost
We kill our way to heaven"

This song describes the overall theme of the book which is people will do anything to hear or get what they want wether it is right or wrong. How Gatsby sells alcohol illegally to get rich. He also lied about who he was, how he got his money, and where he came from. This song also decribes alot of other characters in the book. Even Nick follows these terms for a while, he lies to Tom about Diasy and where she went with Gatsby at the party.
"Something Worth Fighting For"
Josh Auer
"Oh, when your heart is wanting more,
A kind of love worth fighting for;
And you're holding your heart in your hands.
Well, I will always love you more,
A kind of love worth dying for."
When I hear this song it makes me feel like this was how Gatsby and Daisys love was before Daisy got married to Tom and Gatsby went away for the war. I feel like if none of them left or got married they would have gotten married, had kids and grown old together and thats what I think of when I hear this song. I can picture the letter in Daisys hand as she is reading it "I'll wait for you." Also in the end Gatsby dies in the end because he loved Daisy so much he wasn't gonna tell the truth that she killed Myrtle and thats what killed him in the end.
By: Madi Heideman
Period 2
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