From The Desk Of Delta Spirit: J.D. Salinger’s “Nine Stories”

Delta Spirit’s new album, Into The Wide (Dualtone), is full of anti-war and pro-working-class songs, steeped in literary and biblical images that will make them resonate with almost any listener. The music is deep and moody, playing off the sound of chiming rock guitars, driving rhythms and anthemic vocals against a thick wall of dark, almost industrial noise. The songs paint pictures of the disenfranchised, disillusioned and downcast citizens of our country, folks struggling to get by, but still maintaining their faith in the promises of the American dream. Delta Spirit will be guest editing all week. Read our new feature on the band.


Kelly Winrich: This is one of my favorite books of all time. It’s a collection of nine short stories, as the titled obviously suggests, all with a deep, and usually dark substance that sucks you in quickly and then kind of spits you out at the end, leaving you in a daze. These stories will stick with you days or weeks, leaving you pondering the deeper meaning behind them. I once did a songwriting exercise with this book; one song written about or inspired by each of the nine stories. A few of them were good songs, some not so good, but it got me out of a rut that I was in. Favorites of the nine include (though all of them are great): “A Perfect Day For Banana Fish,” “For Esme—With Love And Squalor,” “The Laughing Man” and “Teddy.” Also, side note, recently watched the Salinger documentary, which I highly recommend.

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