Bai An gears up for first solo concert after success of The Catcher In The Rye
Bands from Guns N’ Roses to the Jonas Brothers have written songs about The Catcher In The Rye. But few songs of J.D. Salinger’s seminal novel about teenage angst have been as breathy and chill-out, upbeat and radiofriendly as Taiwanese singer Bai An’s debut.
Bai, 21, who clinched two newcomer awards here last week, is riding high mostly on her first and only album, The Catcher In The Rye (right), and its title track. The track with wispy vocals laid over a trippy beat, and a music video of Bai traipsing happily in snowy Paris, is reminiscent of squeaky-clean British chanteuse Dido.
While the song is inspired by Salinger’s book, it has no specific relation to its plot (choice lyrics: “I’ll catch your smile/I’m the catcher in the rye”).
Instead, says the singer-songwriter, what it is trying to say is: “No matter what obstacles you meet, you need to believe that there will be someone who will support you”.