Our music contributor Randy was away on a special MT assignment this past weekend. Okay just kidding, he was in Delaware for the Firefly music festival. Therefore, I am taking over Millennial Music Mashup for the week! Okay okay, stop booing; Randy will be back next week to recap his awesome time at Firefly. But in the meantime, you’re just going to have to put up with me.
Let’s give this a shot.
Recently, I’ve found myself humming along to the theme of Orange is the New Black while riding my bike to work. It’s a very catchy song by Regina Spektor (however, some people disagree) and it got me thinking, there are actually a lot of T.V. theme songs that I like. Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Parenthood, and Arrested Development to name a few.
Therefore, I decided to give myself a challenge this week: what if I could find 3 theme songs that I like and then review a different song by the same artist? Let me tell you, it actually was a lot of fun discovering new music from these artists.
Ghostwriter – RJD2
I already had this song in my back pocket before I started this post. This has actually been one of my favorite songs since I first heard it this past fall. So, you can imagine my excitement when I shortly thereafter discovered that RJD2 is the creator of Mad Men’s theme song – Beautiful Mine! RJD2 (born Ramble John Krohn) is a talented music producer and musician who can create amazing sample-based arrangements with old-fashioned blues and hard-driving beats.
Laughing With – Regina Spektor
Okay, so this find was a challenge for me. As much as I really enjoy Regina Spektor’s You’ve Got Time for OITNB’s opening theme, I quickly found out as I researched for this post that I didn’t really enjoy the rest of the work she does. Don’t get me wrong, she is a very talented artist with a broad vocal range, but some of her songs seem too bubbly for my taste. However, I did happen to find this little gem which is a little bit darker than the rest of her work. It pairs well with a nice glass of red wine.
Eleanor Rigby – The Handsome Family
On our latest trip to Ireland, I uncomfortably watched an episode of True Detective on the in-flight entertainment. It’s the only episode that I’ve ever seen, but what really stuck with me was the very dark and eerie opening theme song Far From Any Road by The Handsome Family. Yes, the band is a family consisting of married couple Brett and Rennie Sparks; no, they are not that handsome. As I explored their work (spanning almost 20 years), I was excited to find this awesome cover of one of my favorite Beatles songs. It’s a really interesting take on a classic, but they still remain true to their style and the end result is really unique.
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