Saturday, April 19, 2008

Gatsby - Chapter 5 - Gatsby's Love Nest

While Gatsby is showing Dixie around his house, he has "the border" (Ewing Klipspringer) play background music on the piano. Klipspringer plays one of the top songs from the 1920s, "The Love Nest". (Scroll down to the second CD, and click on song #3 - you'll hear about 25 seconds of the original Victrola recording by John Steel.) The lyrics are:

Just a love nest, cozy and warm,
Like a dove breast, down on the farm,
A veranda with some sort of clinging vine,
Then a kitchen where some rambler roses twine;
In a small room, tea set of blue,
There's the ball room, dream room for two,
Better than a palace with a gilded dome,
Is the love nest you can call home!

Does this sound like Gatsby's house? Could you really call it a "Love Nest?" The lyrics seem to more accurately depict Tom and Myrtle's "love nest" (even though even that wasn't terribly cozy.)

Would you describe Gatsby's house as a "Love Nest?" What would your ideal love nest be like? What would you build (or buy) to attract the person of your dreams?


Anonymous said...

Thank you for including the link to music of the 1920's. It really added flavor to the setting.

Susan said...

I was thrilled when I found that sound bite! It really did bring the feel of the times back. -Susan