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Nirvana-About A Girl (lyrics)

I'm not a huge Nirvana fan but I do love this song. I think it relates to Gatsby's (James Gatz) life the most out of all the characters. When I looked at the lyrics to "About a Girl" it was mostly discussing how the man who they are talking about wants to see and meet with this girl but she doesn't understand how much he really likes her. Some quotes that indicate that he likes her more than she likes him is that he says "hope you have the time" and "but I can't see you every night. Free." That line especially can be directly correlated to Gatsby's life because he wants to see Daisy every moment he can but he can't because of her marriage with Tom. Gatsby longs for  Daisy like Kurt Cobain sings about longing for whatever woman he is singing about. The lyrics in this song that are most confusing are "I'll take advantage while you hang me out to dry." I think it means that the singer wants to go see and meet with another girl while this girl that he is longing for is not interested in him. That lyric would be more correlated with Tom than with Gatsby. I also like the lyric "but do you have a clue" because I feel like Kurt Cobain is meaning that this woman doesn't have a clue as to how obsessed he is with her. Which is something Gatsby could say. I don't think Daisy understands how drastically in love Gatsby is with her. Maybe not for her beauty and poise but for her money and status.

 

My response to this article is that first off, Nirvana is one of the main cornerstones for rock and roll in the 2000’, sorry Matt, but I’m going to have to disagree with you there. Second off, I would like to congratulate Matt on a very well written piece. Third off, I would have to agree that with Matt on the fact that this song really does describe Gatsby. Another lyric Kurt Cobain consistently uses in his song about this girl, is the lyric “I need…” I feel like the repetition of that lyric is the strongest part of that song and the part that really described Gatsby. This describes Gatsby well because when we read the book it almost seems like he is just a little off. The way I viewed it is that there was something missing in his life. Later we find out that the thing that was missing was Daisy. He wanted her, and even more than that, he needed her. That is why this song suits Gatsby so well, is because Kurt Cobain is begging for a girl to fill this void that he has in his life, and Gatsby is doing the exact same thing.


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Shaggy - It Wasn't Me

The song, “It wasn’t me” by Shaggy I feel is a great song to go with the book. The song is about a man who is having an affair with another woman, and the fact that he got caught by his wife. The reason this is a good song to go with the book, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is because there is a lot of adultery being committed in this book. The two people committing adultery are Tom Buchanan and Daisy Buchanan, who are having affairs on each other. Tom’s relationship is a woman named Myrtle who is married to Mr. Wilson. Daisy’s relationship is with Gatsby. But the weird thing about Daisy and Gatsby’s relationship is that there is a past to it. Before Tom and Daisy were ever married, Gatsby and Daisy were kind of couple.

This song fits into this book perfectly. It may not be as descriptive as the song is, but it does involve a man committing an affair, and there are two going on in this book. So until one of them get caught red handed by the other, I guess they are just going to have to say, “It wasn’t me.”

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Banned Books

In todays society, people believe that banning some books is bad and people should choose anything they want to read. I believe that banning books is a good thing. Why might you ask? because when anything is taken away from somebody, it makes them appreciate it more. Thats why I say go ahead ban books, we are just going to read more while we have the chance. And we might just break the law a bit and read those banned books.

But if we are going to ban books, there has to be a legit reason why we are banning that book. It Cant be for some silly reason like "it encourages kids to break dishes." as someone proposed to ban the book The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess. If you were to ask me, "well then Luke, whatt is a good reason to ban a book?" I simply could not tell you. But i would know a good reason when I saw one.

Give the world a reason to ban a book, go ahead nothing is stopping you. But as i said before, its just going to make us want to read them more.

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Matthew Wehner's comment, October 30, 2012 12:09 PM
I disagree. I don't understand why you want to ban books if it prohibits you being able to read them. I agree that people would break the law and read them but wouldn't it just be easier to fight for those books to be legal.
Riley Smith's comment, October 30, 2012 12:13 PM
I agree with you Luke. If you lose something then it makes you appreciate it more. But the goal of this Banned Books movement is to make sure that people don't have to lose their books. That they will always be able to read whatever they want.
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Experts: Even with probe narrowed, finding cause of Indianapolis explosion could take time

Experts: Even with probe narrowed, finding cause of Indianapolis explosion could take time | English Assignment | Scoop.it

INDIANAPOLIS — Investigators looking for the cause of a deadly Indianapolis house explosion got more support for their theory that natural gas was a factor Wednesday when an attorney for the owner of a home at the core of the blast said his...

A current article that I found to be interesting, and also something I could compare to the book, was the explosion in South Side, Indianapolis. The explosion was caused by a forced that we still do not know. Some people believe it was a plane crash, some people believe it was a gas leak, but we still do not know for certain. The reason I compare this to the book is because, there was an explosion of drama in the last chapters of the book. Gatsby and Daisy kill Myrtle, Nick and Jordan get a little close, but in my opinion, the biggest source of drama was the full on confrontation of the affair between Tom and Myrtle, and the affair between Gatsby and Daisy. There was yelling, declarations of love, finding of old love that wanted to become new, new love that was getting and overall all just a whirlwind of emotions.

For me the reason this compares to explosion is because it all happened almost simultaneously, creating an explosion of drama that was basically jumping off the page. I could not put the book down after I read past the point, it was fantastic.

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John Coltrane - I'm Old Fashioned

There are many different types of Jazz music. The two most popular are upbeat jazz, or smooth and soulful jazz. My favorite of the two is smooth and soulful, and my favorite jazz musician is John Coltrane. The way he embodies jazz when he plays the saxaphone is absolutely magical, and it almost brings me to tears. The song he is playing in the link I posted is titled "I'm Old Fashioned" and yes that is the concept of the song. John Coltrane uses old school methods of putting in harmony, melody and percussion. The way he knows how to set up music shows how good of a musician he really is.

But John Coltrane isn't the only major influential jazz musician, there is also Louis Armstrong a fantastic trumpetier and vocalist. Also, there is Miles Davis, smooth with a sax in his hand, and without it, he was known to be a ladies man.

Jazz musicians help really start rock and roll, with its solid percussion and choppy melodies, and lets be honest where would we be with out rock and roll.

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