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Guadalupe Martinez’s Song Choice for Feed

The song I chose to represent Feed is “Everything Has Changed (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift. One of my favorite parts in the book was the relationship between Titus and Violet. At the beginning of the book, we see how Titus obsesses over Violet and finally gets the courage to talk to her. “Everything Has Change” is about realizing that your life has flipped upside down after falling for someone. Violet pushes Titus to question the feed — specifically the consumerism culture. In exchange, Titus gives Violet a way to fit in with the normal kids like Titus.

Music Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1oM3kQpX

Lyrics:

You good to go?

All I knew
This morning when I woke
Is I know something now
Know something now I didn’t before
And all I’ve seen
Since eighteen hours ago
Is green eyes and freckles and your smile
In the back of my mind making me feel like

I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you, know you, know you

‘Cause all I know is we said, “Hello”
And your eyes look like comin’ home
All I know is a simple name
And everything has changed
All I know is you held the door
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours
All I know since yesterday
Is everything has changed

And all my walls
Stood tall painted blue
But I’ll take ’em down, take ’em down
And open up the door for you
And all I feel
In my stomach is butterflies
The beautiful kind, makin’ up for lost time
Takin’ flight, makin’ me feel like

I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you, know you, know you

I also thought that “Selfish” by Madison Beer was a great song to represent their relationship towards the end of the book. When Violet finds out that she’s going to die she decides to share her dreams, pains, and memories with Titus. Titus couldn’t handle it and decided to break things off. Selfish centers around loving the wrong person and giving so much to the relationship when the other person doesn’t try.

Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=978iHuFKfS4

Lyrics:

Shouldn’t love you, but I couldn’t help it
Had a feeling that you never felt it
I always knew that you were too damn selfish
Don’t know why I looked the other way
I wanted you to change, yeah
I shouldn’t love you, but I couldn’t help it
I always knew that you were too damn selfish

I bet you thought you gave me real love
But we spent it all in nightclubs
All you ever wanna do is lie
Why you always such a Gemini?

Baby, who you tryna run from
Me or all your problems?
You know you will never solve ’em
You don’t even know yourself

I don’t wanna break your thread and needle
Tryna stitch you, but I can’t, I refuse

Song choice for “Bomb”

The book “Bomb” is About the atomic bomb and it’s history. The song I chose for “Bomb” is “As the World Burns” by Bolt Thrower. The saddest part of the book is the reminder that the Atomic bomb has been used in the past in brutal fashion in Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing thousands . I think the song encapsulates the horrifying consequences of nuclear war. The book made me think about what would happen if there was a world wide nuclear war. A few lyrics that I think best match this book are “innocent victims of the nuclear glare Are torn apart as they stand unaware” and my favorite “No excuses for the vast destruction
Caused by man with no comprehension”. That’s my favorite quote because in the book we follow the origins of the Atomic bomb and those who create it. The inventors of the bomb understand what this weopan is capable of yet they create it anyways. The men have no who created the bomb may have excuses like if they didn’t invent it another country with bad intentions would have done it anyway but at the end of the day these are just excuses. Excuses for creating and facilitating a weapon that could wipe out the human race in minutes. I think “As The World Burns” is very fitting for the themes and story that the “Bomb” covers

Chris Monahan’s Song Choice for Bomb

The song I chose to relate to Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb is another from Pink Floyd, but from their album The Wall, titled “Goodbye Blue Sky.” Not only does this choice speak to my preference towards 1970s psychedelic rock, but also to Pink Floyd’s determination to use their art for social change, something many artists today can aspire to. The song is the speaker’s reflection on the days of their childhood in Europe during World War II. The first line speaks to the overall theme of the song as a child remarks in awe, “Look mummy, there’s an aeroplane up in the sky.” The aeroplane in this line is a symbol of war and the destructive innovations that it necessitates, such as the atomic bomb, and the child in their naivete is sensually struck by it. I think the tone established by this line is precisely what makes Bomb appealing. There are few innovations throughout human history capable of evoking such ambivalent feelings to the extent that the atomic bomb does. While nuclear fission was by far the most groundbreaking scientific discovery of the 20th century, the fear of what humankind might do with such a discovery is inescapable, and Sheinkin does well to portray how Oppenheimer and co. wrestled with these contradictory feelings for the sake of not only national, but global security. Furthermore, the fact that this song is retrospective from the point of the view of the speaker shows how even decades after the end of WWII, the anxiety towards atomic warfare remains ubiquitous.

Pink Floyd “Goodbye Blue Sky” – Lyrics

Look mummy, there’s an aeroplane up in the sky

Ooh
Did you see the frightened ones?
Did you hear the falling bombs?
Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter when the
Promise of a brave new world unfurled beneath a clear blue
Sky?

Ooh
Did you see the frightened ones?
Did you hear the falling bombs?
The flames are all long gone, but the pain lingers on

Goodbye, blue sky
Goodbye, blue sky
Goodbye
Goodbye

The eleven fifteen from Newcastle is now approaching
The eleven eighteen arrival

Lesly’s Song Choice For The Bomb

With this book being about this race between the U.S and the Soviet union in trying to build an atomic bomb, It made me think of this song by Kate Bush I once heard in a movie about Nuclear war. The song is called Breathing and it in a way describes the effects of a nuclear fallout and I think it’s just a powerful song once you hear it.

Here are the lyrics

Outside
Gets inside, ooh-ooh-ooh
Through her skin
I’ve been out before, but this time it’s much safer in

Last night
In the sky, ooh-ooh-ooh
Such a bright light
My radar send me danger
But my instincts tell me to
Keep breathing

Out, in, out, in, out, in
Breathing
Breathing my mother in
Breathing my beloved in
Breathing, breathing her nicotine
Breathing
Breathing the fall-out in, out in, out in, out in, out in

We’ve lost our chance
We’re the first and last, ooh-ooh-ooh
After the blast
Chips of plutonium are twinkling in every lung

I love my beloved, ooh-ooh-ooh
All and everywhere
Only the fools blew it
You and me knew life itself is breathing
Out, in, out, in, out, in

Breathing
Breathing my mother in
Breathing my beloved in
Breathing, breathing her nicotine, breathing
Breathing the fall-out in, out in, out in, out in, out in
Out in, out in, out in, out
Out, out, out, out

Oh, please
(What are we going to do without?)
Oh, let me breathe
(What are we going to do without?)
Quick, breathe in deep
(We are all going to die without)

Oh, leave me something to breathe
(What are we going to do without?)
Oh, leave me something to breathe
(We are all going to die without?)
Oh God, please leave us something to breathe
(What are we going to do without?)
Oh, life is

Danielle’s Song Choice for Bomb

While reading Bomb by Steve Sheinkin, I was constantly picking up on how everyone was in a race for power and influence. That’s essentially what the whole book is about, the race to create the most powerful weapon in order to have leverage over ‘defenseless’ countries. This desire for power and control is something that has brought demise to the human race time and time again and we see it play out in this book/real life. For that reason, I chose the song Everybody Wants to Rule The World by Tears for Fears to represent this book. The artists said themselves that the song is about that innate desire humans have for control and power and say that they discussed the Cold War at the time of writing it (Eames). Throughout the book we see Harry Gold try to help the Russians win the race by spying on Americans, while Robert Oppenheimer and others rush to find exactly how to make the bomb for the U.S., all while Japan bombs Pearl Harbor; its all about one country trying to outdo the others in order to get to the top. This book truly shows that everybody wants to rule the world.

Article referenced: https://www.smoothradio.com/features/the-story-of/everybody-wants-to-rule-the-world-lyrics-meaning/

Lyrics:

Welcome to your life
There’s no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you

Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

It’s my own design
It’s my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most

Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

There’s a room where the light won’t find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do I’ll be right behind you

So glad we’ve almost made it
So sad they had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world

I can’t stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the world
Say that you’ll never never never never need it
One headline why believe it?
Everybody wants to rule the world

All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

Link to the song: https://youtu.be/awoFZaSuko4

Tahira’s song post for Challenger Deep

The song that I chose for “Challenger Deep,” by Neal Shusterman is “Wake Up” EDEN. While the book is about a boy who “lives” a double life, one in his mind and one in reality, the song is about someone who is stuck in their dreams, trying to face reality. I think that the song goes hand in hand with the book because half of it revolves around Caden being on the ship, with his shipmates. The first few lyrics of the song are interesting as the book starts off with Caden being on the ship. There is an obvious sense of confusion which the reader experiences for the first few chapters of the book. Caden has manifested the ship for as long as the reader knows him, bringing us to the lyric of, “Cause we’ve been driving so long, I can’t remember how we got here.” The fourth stanza of the song is also quite interesting as it reminds me of the roles of the parrot and the Captain of the ship. It’s reminiscent of the Captain because he is the manifestation of Caden’s mental illness. The music in the song is also, I think, proper representation of Caden’s mental health. The song starts off with a softer melody which eventually transitions into a moment of clarity and climax.

“Wake Up” by EDEN Lyrics

‘Cause we’ve been driving so long
I can’t remember how we got here
Or how we survived so long

I’m trying to run from our pride
‘Til you set fire to my atmosphere
And I remember how I spent the twenty-third
Feeling six feet under
When I’m 30, 000 feet in the air
Chasing that sundown
So far East, I’m Westbound
Feeling like the edge of this world is near

But you’ll feel better when you wake up
Swear to God I’ll make up
Everything and more when I get back someday
This is more than just a phase, love
Shooting stars all break up
And even though it seems like half the world away

Things will be better in America
Heard the streets are gold there
Maybe I can fly you out this place someday
Chasing dreams like I’m on novocain
Screaming through your airways
Looking back, I almost thought I heard you say

Stay, you’re not gonna leave me
This place is right where you need to be
And why your words gotta mean so much to them
And they mean nothing to me?

So stay, you’re not what you’re hearing
‘Cause I’ve been watching you changing
And who said you’re one in a million
Anyway?

‘Cause you see only what you want to
Your tunnel vision haunts you
And you can’t see what’s wrong
And you keep sleeping through the PM
Eyes wide open when you’re dreaming
You’re sleepwalking, just keep talking
And maybe you can talk your way out of this deep end

No B plan in your system
Just tell me what you’re thinking
I’m scared that you might fall
But you’re not
But you’re not

And you’ll feel better when you wake up
Taking off your makeup
Sun always seems to wash our fears away
And it’s always shining somewhere
I just gotta get there
And even though it seems like half the world away

Things are better in America
Heard the streets are gold there
Maybe I can fly you out this place someday
Chasing dreams like I’m on novocain
Screaming through your airways
Looking back, I almost thought I heard you say

Stay, you’re not gonna leave me
This place is right where you need to be
And why your words gotta mean so much to them
When they mean nothing to me

So stay, you’re not what you’re hearing
‘Cause I’ve been watching you changing
And who said you’re one in a million

You’re so much better than that
(Ohhhh)
You’re so much better than that (Ohh)
(Ohhhh)
You’re so much better than that (Ohh)

Stay, you’re not what you were hearing (Ohh)
‘Cause I’ve been watching you changing (Ohh)
And who said you’re one in a million (Ohh)
Anyway?

And you’ll feel better when you wake up
Swear to God I’ll make up
Everything or more when I get back someday
Chasing dreams like I’m on novocain
Screaming through your airways
Looking back, I almost thought I heard you say
You’re so much better than that

Chloe’s Song Choice for Bomb

When reading this book and being introduced to all the people who participated in the race to make the bomb made me think of the song “Its the End of the World as we Know it”. The American scientists realized they had the potential to build the worlds biggest bomb with what they knew, and Oppenheimer accepted the challenge to recruit the best scientists in America in order to make it happen. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union was attempting to make their own bomb as well, attempting and eventually stealing the recipe to make their own. I felt like the process and sort of race to build the bomb during the war made me think of this upbeat song, where they’re clearly on a mission to save thousands. 

Lyrics:
… That’s great, it starts with an earthquake

Birds and snakes, and aeroplanes

And Lenny Bruce is not afraid

… Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn

World serves its own needs

Don’t mis-serve your own needs

Speed it up a notch, speed, grunt, no, strength

The ladder starts to clatter

With a fear of height, down, height

Wire in a fire, represent the seven games

And a government for hire and a combat site

Left her, wasn’t coming in a hurry

With the Furies breathing down your neck

… Team by team, reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped

Look at that low plane, fine, then

Uh oh, overflow, population, common group

But it’ll do, save yourself, serve yourself

World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed

Tell me with the Rapture and the reverent in the right, right

You vitriolic, patriotic, slam fight, bright light

Feeling pretty psyched

… It’s the end of the world as we know it

It’s the end of the world as we know it

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

… Six o’clock, T.V. hour, don’t get caught in foreign tower

Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn

Lock him in uniform, book burning, bloodletting

Every motive escalate, automotive incinerate

Light a candle, light a motive, step down, step down

Watch your heel crush, crush, uh oh

This means no fear, cavalier, renegade and steering clear

A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies

Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline

… It’s the end of the world as we know it (I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it (I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (time I had some time alone)

I feel fine (I feel fine)

… It’s the end of the world as we know it (time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it (time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (time I had some time alone)

… The other night I drifted nice continental drift divide

Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein

Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs

Birthday party, cheesecake, jellybean, boom

You symbiotic, patriotic, slam but neck, right, right

… It’s the end of the world as we know it (time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it (time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (time I had some time alone)

… It’s the end of the world as we know it

It’s the end of the world as we know it

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (time I had some time alone)

… It’s the end of the world as we know it (time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it (time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (time I had some time alone)

… It’s the end of the world as we know it (time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it (time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (time I had some time alone)