From and Inspired By: The Great Gatsby
Today’s songs are not featured in the actual film, but in the trailer, an amazing preview that premiered a couple weeks ago.
The plot of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton, goes like this: Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
Luhrmann became famous for his anachronistic use of music, with songs by Madonna, Nirvana and Elton John, among others, playing over 1890’s Paris in Moulin Rouge!
The first song we hear in the Gatsby trailer is Kanye West and Jay-Z’s No Church in The Wild (featuring Frank Ocean), a track I was familiar with since I’m a pretty big Kanye fan. I love the first lines:
Human beings in a mob
What’s a mob to a king?
What’s a king to a god?
What’s a god to a non-believer?
Then the soundtrack changes into Love is Blindness, a song made famous by U2, now in the voice of Jack White. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Irish band or the former White Stripes frontman but I’ve been hooked on this song ever since I watched the trailer for the first time.