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Soundtrack Music Discoverer

If geography, degree, experience and money were not a problem, one of my dream jobs would be to be that person who looks for music for a TV show or movie in the US or Canada or anywhere not here. (I say that not because I am racist or anything, but because we still are a long, long way from producing a TV show or movie that would require quality music and not the latest remake of a long forgotten song being sung by a long forgotten singer trying to make a comeback, but I digress). I don’t know the exact technical term for the people who do this, but I’ll just call it the soundtrack music discoverer

I just love, love, love that moment when a certain song captures perfectly the essence of a scene, as if that song was created specifically for that scene. Like when “Your Heart is An Empty Room” plays at the end of the series premiere of New Amsterdam (I’m sure no one was able to watch this amazing short lived series); or that iconic moment at the end of the nth season of Grey’s Anatomy when Chasing Cars became a National Anthem for Mer-Der and Izzy-Denny fans; when Falling Slowly captured the beauty and heartbreak of “Once” in a music store; the entire mediocre Empire Records which was turned extraordinary by its choice of music; that dark moment in Buffy when Angie Hart sang Blue at The Bronze at the end of Conversations with Dead People;

I can go on and on and on, but this post would never end…

I also love hearing new, unheard of bands or bands that only 20 peole listened to before, get discovered in moments like these. The OC, One Tree Hill, Veronica Mars, Greys Anatomy and Gossip Girl are just some of the shows that have brought obscure indie bands to mainstream attention. Most of them will never have the career longevity of U2 or Coldplay, but for a few shining moments, people fall in love with them and buy their albums or records just to recapture that feeling from watching and listening to that synergy of music and drama. Sometimes you will be disappointed because they might just be one hit wonders, but sometimes you’ll be lucky and start a love affair with the artists and band (I discovered Stars through a OTH episode and Ingrid Michaelson through Greys Anatomy)

If I were a soundtrack music discoverer, I will just spend the whole day listening to CDs, going to different bars in search of a new soundtrack music discovery, just to find that one song that can convey the characters’ joy, heartbreak, confusion or ecstacy. Now, isn’t that just the perfect dream job for someone like me who devours music, movies and TV shows like there’s no tomorrow?

But until then, I will just have to search for the next best thing, becaue let’s face it, that dream is too far away. Reality beckons…



Posted by on June 28, 2009 in Uncategorized


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