Every so often I make up a mix CD of my favorite songs at the moment; mostly new songs, but with some old songs sprinkled in for flavor. I thought it’d be a neat feature of this new blog to go through, song-by-song, and explain a little about why it appeals to me.
My three favorite TV shows of all time are, in no particular order, The West Wing, the new Battlestar Galactica, and Six Feet Under. They’re all tremendously acted, written, and directed, and they explore very difficult themes. But Six Feet Under stands apart from the others because of its fantastic use of music. In fact, the boxed set of the entire series comes complete with its two official soundtrack albums, with artists from Peggy Lee to Arcade Fire. The use of one song, though, used over the final minutes of the series, etched itself into my soul.
Sia Furler (she performs as just “Sia”) is an Australian singer. She’s had a small but devoted following for years. She’s perhaps best known for the song included here, “Breathe Me”. An extended mix of the track was used at the conclusion of the final episode of Six Feet Under to devastatingly good effect. To say more would spoil the series. (If you’re that interested, the scene is on YouTube.) But aside from this song, she’s done a lot of work with the downtempo group Zero 7, and band I’d like to spend some time getting to know better.
Next time: a childhood friend makes an album