Friday, October 14, 2005

In a New York Minute


This morning, Sam and I listened to some music while we ate breakfast. Actually, we always listen to music in the morning but this morning we listened to music that wasn't about "Elmo's Goldfish" or "The Big Red Car."

Listening to some tunes it occurred to me how much visual storytelling has affected popular music. Obviously, MTV had a profound effect on making songs popular when it first launched since a good video could make a bad song popular.

However, I was thinking more along the lines of movies and TV shows.

I've mentioned earlier how a song on the TV can now be tracked down on Google and bought in minutes. I did that with an Amy Mann song that I heard on "ED," and it has since become a favorite. However, it takes a really good show to make a song you already know... better. But that's exactly what happened with an episode of "The West Wing" called "Somebody's going to emergency, somebody's going to jail." The show title is taken from a Don Henley lyric:

Lying here in the darkness
I hear the sirens wail
Somebody going to emergency
Somebody's going to jail
If you find somebody to love in this world you better hold on tooth and nail
The wolf is always at the door
The show opens with the song and although I knew the song, I never really paid much attention to it until I heard it on the air. Basically, the "video" that was the opening of "The West Wing" made me really listen to the song for the first time. It's a great song, check it out:

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