Classical 91.5

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Jay Gatsby, The Sheik of West Egg, 06/06/20

May 31, 2020

The Sheik of West Egg had an important bond with the popular music of his time.

Episode 2023 (Encore 1702)

Jay Gatsby of West Egg Long Island was known for his extravagant parties. Those who came gossiped and flirted, and the music of the day was an essential part of it all. Fitzgerald punctuates The Great Gatsby with allusions to popular songs and bits and pieces of their lyrics. The songs of the time become a template for characters and what’s going on between them.