It’s funny how emotions can hit you at any point in the day, sometimes with no mercy. It just takes a small alignment of events to render feelings that are happy, sad, or transcendent. Even more so possible with music in the mix.
Last night I was getting my son ready for his bath and I happened upon an NPR interview with music supervisor Scott Vener. He’s been the music supervisor for HBO shows like Entourage and currently How To Make It In America – shows that I watch, the latter which I’ve listed in other posts. Whatever disdain you may have for either of these shows there are still small essential moments that sometimes make these shows bigger, better than they’re whole. They are the moments when the music cue hits a key point within the storyline. When they catch characters within a moment of struggle, happiness, sadness or anger – that music typically reflects and enhances the scene and takes that moment to a whole other level.
I’ve caught myself being romanced by the darkly tinged La Roux track “In for the Kill” out into the credits as central character Vincent Chase is falling down on a drug filled, downward spiral or picked up by the M83 track “Midnight City” leading out of the positive moment for Cam and Ben as they reach a turning point where their hard work is finally seeing fruition.
Before you balk at my investment into these seemingly petty moments I should mention it’s not as much the investment into the show or it’s characters as it is a reflection of the moments we’ve all had at one point or another in our lives. The combination of the relatable scene, the music, and the emotion can make us reflect a little and possibly be more willing to connect to others around us.
Ironically, during this interview I was shushing the sounds of my significant other and missing a moment of my own right in front of me…bathtime. That is until Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California” started playing. Scott was telling how ever since he started on Entourage he wanted this song to be the cap to the final series episode. To me, the song is about starting over again, beginning on a new road to something unknown and at the same time being at peace with that. At least this is how I’ve always interpreted it. This mid-interview interlude lulled me back into my own moment listening to the acoustic picking of Jimmy Page while watching my 13 month year old boy playing in the water. I wandered off in my mind thinking of what his future might be like. The paths he might take and the moments he might have either happy, sad, or transcendent.