Feed song choice

The song I chose for “Feed” is “Power to the people” by John Lennon. I picked the song because it’s about rebellion and anti big government and corporate power. The song also discusses not letting the big government and all there sketchy plans go through the people have to stand up an say something. It’s a very simple song that uses repetition to get it’s point across. Great song by a fantastic artist

song :https://genius.com/John-lennon-power-to-the-people-lyrics

Labiba’s Song Choice for Feed

The song I chose that I think resembles Feed was Lily by Alan Walker. The character of the song Lily loosely resembles Violet. Although Violet had grown up poor with an absent mother and an eccentric father, and not within castle walls, the two characters end up having the same goal. Violet growing up to be not nearly as privileged as Titus and his friends turns out to be both her greatest strength as well as her greatest weakness. The first few years of her life where she was disconnected from the Feed had shaped her character as much as the presence of a father who preferred the technology of the past. Alongside her homeschooling, Violet grows up to be a direct outcast within the Feed society.

All of these factors play into her eventual decision to not allow the Feed to know her as a consumer. It opens her mind to the corruption of the Feed, the beauty of small things, the dying Earth and the animosity that every other nation has against America. The song Lily does well in presenting the fear of the Feed that Violet ends up having, asking anyone to try to save her from being consumed and ultimately having no way out but death. The words of the Feed are lulling her from the dark, and sometimes succeeding in pulling her in but she still manages to wake up each time, seeing the world for what it actually is.

Lily by Alan Walker

Lily was a little girl
Afraid of the big, wide world
She grew up within her castle walls
Now and then she tried to run
And then on the night with the setting sun
She went in the woods away
So afraid, all alone

They warned her, don’t go there
There’s creatures who are hiding in the dark
Then something came creeping
It told her, don’t you worry just

Follow everywhere I go
Top over the mountains or valley low
Give you everything you’ve been dreaming of
Just let me in, ooh
Everything you want in gold, I’ll be the magic story you’ve been told
And you’ll be safe under my control
Just let me in, ooh
Just let me in, ooh

She knew she was hypnotized
And walking on cold thin ice
Then it broke, and she awoke again
Then she ran faster than
Start screaming, “Is there someone out there?”
Please help me
Come get me
Behind her, she can hear it say

Follow everywhere I go
Top over the mountains or valley low
Give you everything you’ve been dreaming of
Just let me in, ooh
Everything you want in gold, I’ll be the magic story you’ve been told
And you’ll be safe under my control
Just let me in, ooh
Just let me in, ooh

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Everything you want in gold, I’ll be the magic story you’ve been told
And you’ll be safe under my control
Just let me in, ooh

Follow everywhere I go
Top over the mountains or valley low
Give you everything you’ve been dreaming of
Just let me in, ooh
Then she ran faster than
Start screaming, “Is there someone out there?”
Please help me
Just let me in, ooh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox4tmEV6-QU

Danielle’s song choice for Feed

The song I chose to represent Feed is ”Just Look Up (From Don’t Look Up)” by Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi. Everything about this book is so ‘dont-look-upish’ so I feel like its only right that the movies theme song represents the book. In the chapter ”release” when Violet, Titus and his friends get their feed back, something about protests over America annexing the moon and the presidents response to the Global Alliance comes on Titus’ feed, but it is just ignored; he along with his friends, are just happy to have their feed back. They were literally dancing and running their hands up and down their body out of excitement of having their feed back instead of focusing on the actual problems at hand. Similar scenes happened in the movie “Don’t Look Up”; in fact, this is essentially exactly how the whole movie went. Scientist would tell the public about the reality of the Earth and how life as they knew it was ending, but the only thing the President would say in response is “Don’t look up!”, discouraging citizens from engaging further and encouraging ignorance.

In the chapter ”54.1%”, Violet criticizes Titus’ ignorance for not knowing anything involving the Global Alliance or the fact that the Earth is dying. During this time, while Violet is dying, she wants to live her last moments out with Titus (although the feelings aren’t reciprocated) and because of these two instances, I feel like this song really captures a lot about her and the other sentiments in this book.

Mmh-mh
Ahh-ay

We knew no bounds
Fell at the speed of sound
Ridin’ against all odds, but soon against ourselves
You haunted every memory
With no goodbyes, all bad for me
Your pride put out the fire in our flames

Then just one look is all it takes
I feel your eyes, they’re locked on every part of me
And then my dumb heart says

Just look up
There is no place to hide
True love doesn’t die
It holds on tight and never lets you go
Just look up
You cannot deny the signs
What you’ve waited for
Don’t wait no more
It’s right up above you
Just look up

Know I let you down, a nigga can’t deny it (uh-huh)
And there’s so much I could lose it and, yes, that matters (yeah)
I’ve been dealin’ with madness (yo)
Wasn’t the man you needed (hmm)
You dealin’ with sadness, truthfully, it’s all on me (hmm)
And I’m sorry, my love (uh, uh)
I’ma heal your heart, I’ll hold it in my hand (ooh, yeah)
Time is oh so precious, we don’t really have much left now (ooh)
Take my hand, baby (yeah), never leave you, Riley

Look up, what he’s really trying to say
Is get your head out of your ass
Listen to the goddamn qualified scientists
We really fucked it up, fucked it up this time
It’s so close, I can feel the heat big time
And you can act like everything is alright
But this is probably happening in real time
Celebrate or cry or pray, whatever it takes
To get you through the mess we made
‘Cause tomorrow may never come

Just look up
Turn off that shit-box News
‘Cause you’re about to die soon everybody
Ooh, I, oh, I
Look up
Here it comes
I’m so glad I’m here with you forever
In your arms

https://youtu.be/X6SuW5HhQoc

 Lily Chen Song Choice for Feed

The song I chose to connect to Feed is “Mind Control” by Stephen Marley. Titus and the others were controlled by feed. It informs their thoughts and keeps them ignorant, which matches the lyric “Mind control, it’s mind control/ Corruption of your thoughts, yeah/ Destruction of your soul”. The loss of individuality in feed can also be connected to the lyric, “Don’t let them mold your mind/ They wanna control mankind/ Seems like their only intention/ Is to exploit the earth”. Furthermore, the lyric “Propaganda and lies are a plague in our lives” accurately describes how I felt and observed feed after reading it. 

Lyrics

Yeah, yeah, yeah, now tell you what

It’s mind control, mind control
Corruption of your thoughts, yeah
Destruction of your soul

Mind control, it’s mind control
Corruption of your thoughts, yeah
Destruction of your soul

Don’t let them mold your mind
They wanna control mankind
Seems like their only intention
Is to exploit the earth, yeah

And you trust in their deceit
Your mind causes your defeat
And so you become an invention
To distort this earth

Propaganda and lies
Is a plague in our lives
How much more victimized
Before we realize? Hey

It’s mind control, mind control
Corruption of your thoughts, yeah
Destruction of your soul

Mind control, it’s mind control
Corruption of your thoughts, yeah
Destruction of your soul

Ooh, Grandmaster
Let the people go
You put them in total confusion
To downs-troy their soul

For they practice what You preach
So they’re always in Your reach
Hi-tech slavery in these days
It’s mind control

They’ll make it attractive to get man distracted
Corrupting your soul, polluting your soul
Destroying your soul, mind control

Mind control
Corruption of your thoughts, yeah
Destruction of your soul

Mind control, it’s mind control
Corruption of your thoughts, yeah
Destruction of your soul

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Come on and get it together, brother man
What, what you say?

It’s mind control, mind control
Corruption of your thoughts
Yeah, yeah, destruction of your soul

Mind control, it’s mind control
Corruption of your thoughts, yeah
Destruction of your soul

It’s mind control
Corruption of your thoughts, yeah
Destruction of your soul

It’s mind control
Corruption of your thoughts, yeah
Destruction of your soul
(The truth is there for us to see, the truth is there for us to see)

Chris Monahan Song Choice for Feed

The song I chose to connect with MT Anderson’s Feed is the song “Money” by Pink Floyd. As the title of the song makes clear, the song is concerned with the issues that arise from society’s reliance on financial, and thus material, gain. As Feed is primarily concerned with the structures that arise to support and perpetuate the consumerism that runs rampant in our society, I think “Money” does well to represent the attitudes towards money and material desire that take shape within the individuals that comprise our societies. As the possession and acquisition of money is the gateway which consumers must step through to fulfil their material desires, and our material desires often take the shape of a ceaseless attempt to keep up with the trends and values of the society we are members of, I see “Money” and Feed as the two sides of the same coin.

“Money” by Pink Floyd – Lyrics

Money
Get away
You get a good job with more pay and you’re okay
Money
It’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash

New car, caviar, four star, daydream
Think I’ll buy me a football team

Money
Get back
I’m alright, Jack, keep your hands off of my stack
Money
It’s a hit
Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit

I’m in the high-fidelity first-class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet

Money
It’s a crime
Share it fairly, but don’t take a slice of my pie
Money
So they say
Is the root of all evil today

But if you ask for a rise
It’s no surprise that they’re giving none away
Away, away, away
Away, away, away

I was in the right
Yes, absolutely in the right
I certainly was in the right
Yeah, I was definitely in the right, that geezer was cruisin’ for a bruisin’
Yeah!
Why does anyone do anything?
I don’t know, I was really drunk at the time
Just telling him it was in, he could get it in number two
He was asking why it wasn’t coming up on freight eleven
And after, I was yelling and screaming and telling him why
It wasn’t coming up on freight eleven

Chloe’s Song Choice for Feed

The song I chose that I felt resonated with Feed is “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles. I felt like this was the first song to come to mind when reading this book due to the similar changes in time and the improvements in technology leading to some things becoming unused. In the book, Titus discusses how the feed practically gives you everything you already need to know, and places like school don’t really serve its purpose anymore.  With this song, it describes how the popularity of television being everyone’s source of entertainment ends up “killing” the radio industry. In a way where school did not seem useful to Titus due to the feed, people thought “why listen to the radio when I could just watch?”

i  heard you on my wireless back in ’52

Lying awake, intent at tuning in on you

If I was young, it didn’t stop you coming through

Oh-a, oh-a

They took the credit for your second symphony

Rewritten by machine and new technology

And now I understand the problems you can see

Oh-a oh-a

I met your children

Oh-a oh-a

What did you tell them?

Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star

Pictures came and broke your heart

Oh-a-a-a oh

And now we meet in an abandoned studio

We hear the playback and it seems so long ago

And you remember the jingles used to go

Oh-a oh-a

You were the first one

Oh-a oh-a

You are the last one

Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star

In my mind and in my car

We can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far

Oh-a-aho oh

Oh-a-aho oh

Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star

In my mind and in my car

We can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far

Pictures came and broke your heart

Put the blame on VCR

You are a radio star

You are a radio star

Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star

Video killed the radio star

Judianne’s Song Choice for The Realm of Possibility

A song that reminds me of The Realm of Possibility is Little Deer by Spellling. It’s a song about life and what it means when it ends and all the ifs we don’t have answers for. She discusses the possibility of past lives and our inherent connection to the earth itself. I thought of this song in association with the novel because they both center around possibility and what it all means.

To me, the novel was a spotlight on human connection and why community is important, even if it is a silent community. The understanding that comes from seeing yourself in others and that with different circumstances, you could’ve been anyone. There’s celebration and even comfort that comes from all the possibilities. The song feels like the celebration of this–pivotal and understanding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yACWrKIKeMs

Lyrics:

Little deer, little deer
The arrow hurts to fly to you
How do I fear, little deer?
To take the precious life from you away (Away)
Moonlight on the secret fate


Little deer, little deer
I see myself inside of you
I’ll be right here, little deer
To take all of the pain away, my friend (My friend)
Moonlight on the secret thread

Dead of winter, dead of eve
Little deer will marry me
Tender lovers of the earth
Turn us back into the dirt
Dead of winter, dead of eve
Little deer will marry me
Tender lovers of the earth
Turn us back into the dirt


Little deer, little deer
Run now, run away from me
This world is cruel, and you’re no fool
To dancing with reality, my prey
Moonlight on the secret face

Little deer, little deer
Your eyes are wide, your heart is plain
No sin or shame, no age, no name
To write above your holy grave, my angel
Bed of clovers green and sable

Dead of winter, dead of eve
Little deer will marry me
Tender lovers of the earth
Turn us back into the dirt
Dead of winter, dead of eve
Little deer will marry me
Tender lovers of the earth
Turn us back into the dirt
Dead of winter, dead of eve
Little deer will marry me
Tender lovers of the earth
Turn us back into the dirt
Dead of winter, dead of eve
Little deer will marry me
Tender lovers of the earth
Turn us back into the dirt


Kallisse Song choice for The Realm of Possibility

While reading, “In My Mind” by Lyn Lapid kept replaying in my head. How each part of the book is about internal struggles as a teenager. even the quietest person speaks the loudest. And when you want to reach out for help, but not knowing how to or fear rejection. As a teenager, you go through many life discoveries and changes that can either help you or guide you into life lessons. How Mary refuses to listen to Pete because she feels like he would not understand, or that he can’t help her because he cannot help himself. Or to the relationship between Anne and Zack, how she feels like her past will haunt her future and she worries about it alone.”It would be so easy to let you take me with you. That waking dreamland we escape to every now and then. to be the person you think I am. that person worthy of your love. but I’m not. I do not deserve you.”(91) Each poem shows the struggles that they face alone or needing someone to help them.

In My Mind, Lyn Lapid

Quiet is the city air on a summer night after it rains
Faster than a bolt of lightning
The speed of a Japanese bullet train (train)
And you know, it’s always trying to stay awake (stay awake)
Oh, but darling, running ain’t enough to escape from
The monsters in my brain (brain, in my brain)

People say I’m quiet most of the time
If only you knew what goes on in my mind (mind)

(If only you knew, if only you knew)
What goes on in my mind (mind)
(If only you knew, if only you knew)
(I’m not toxic, I swear)

Two in the morning, I’m lying awake
These thoughts in my brain, they come out to play
I’m replaying gumball to keep ’em away
Deep in the silence, may end up violent
What an anomaly, what is so wrong with me? (Me)

People say I’m quiet most of the time
If only you knew what goes on in my mind (mind)
(If only you knew, if only you knew)
What goes on in my mind (mind)
(If only you knew, if only you knew)

what goes on in my
(If only you knew) what goes on in my
(If only you knew) what goes on in my mind
(If only you knew) what goes on in my
(If only you knew) what goes on in my
(If only you knew) what goes on, what goes on in my mind

Carrie’s Song Choice for Feed

My song choice is Timbuk 3’s “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades” (1986).

https://youtu.be/8qrriKcwvlY

This seemingly fun and optimistic song is actually quite disturbing in its message, which reminds me of the cheerful tone of the feed in Anderson’s book, and how it occludes the apocalyptic and frightening situation in the book (environmental crisis, political instability, deteriorated human relationships).

“The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades” was often used as a graduation song in the 80s–and I heard it played at many, many parties–but the songwriter Pat Macdonald wrote the song as an indictment of nuclear technology and culture.  Here, from Wikipedia, is an explanation:

“Pat somewhat clarified the meaning by stating that it was, contrary to popular belief, a “grim” outlook. While not saying so directly, he hinted at the idea that the bright future was in fact due to impending nuclear holocaust. The “job waiting” after graduation signified the demand for nuclear scientists to facilitate such events. Pat drew upon the multitude of past predictions which transcend several cultures that foreshadow the world ending in the 1980s, along with the nuclear tension at the height of the Cold War to compile the song.”

So the “bright future” is a nuclear explosion, ultimately, which reminds me of the ambiguous ending of feed (“everything must go”), where you get a real sense of everything ending or unravelling.

When Violet’s father says to Titus, dismissively: “Go…enjoy being young….” it reminds me of this song.  And the reference in the song to the budding nuclear scientist being “A peeping tom techie/ with X-Ray eyes” reminds me of the novel’s dystopian vision of sexuality and relationships: shallow and opportunistic for the most part.

Lyrics
I study nuclear scienceI love my classesI got a crazy teacherHe wears dark glassesThings are going great, and they’re only getting betterI’m doing alright, getting good gradesThe future’s so bright, I gotta wear shadesI gotta wear shades
I’ve got a job waiting for my graduationFifty thou a year’ll buy a lot of beerThings are going great, and they’re only getting betterI’m doing alright, getting good gradesThe future’s so bright, I gotta wear shadesI gotta wear shades
Well I’m heavenly blessed and worldly wiseI’m a peeping-tom techie with x-ray eyesThings are going great, and they’re only getting betterI’m doing alright, getting good gradesThe future’s so bright, I gotta wear shadesI gotta wear shades
I study nuclear scienceI love my classesI got a crazy teacherHe wears dark glassesThings are going great, and they’re only getting betterI’m doing alright, getting good gradesThe future’s so bright, I gotta wear shadesI gotta wear shades, I gotta wear shades

 

I am also a fan of the video that the cast from “Head of the Class” (the original series from the 80s) made, even though it ignores the true (depressing and disturbing) meaning of the song:

https://youtu.be/7H9it5hp05Q