TV and New Discoveries

I have a long and abiding love affair with music. In fact, music has been a part of my soul even longer than writing. In fact, it’s probably one of the biggest passions my sister and I share.

Me (in the navy blue) and my sister singing together

Me (in the navy blue) and my sister singing together

My tastes in music tends to be as varied as my personal interests, but recently I began to think about TV. We all know that the correct selection of music can enhance the telling of a story. As I sat there working on edits for Three For All, my mind went back to music and artists I’d discovered through tv shows. For me, there’s something fantastic about the right lyrics.

Don’t judge me, but I used to be a bit of a soap opera addict. It was actually through All My Children that I discovered Gloria Estefan. There was a couple, Cliff and Nina…they were one of those on-again, off-again couples with a terrible sense of timing. During one of those off-again moments, Nina was thinking of Cliff and a song with a memory montage played. I couldn’t find a video of that moment, but I thought I’d share the song that helped me discover my love of Gloria.

Thinking back to those songs had me wondering…if I could pick my Top 5 “Discovery” songs from TV shows…what would they be? Think about yours while I share mine…because I’d really love for you to share yours with me afterward.

Do you guys remember Family Ties? Since Alex P. Keaton was probably one of my first crushes, I do. I still remember when he fell in love for the first time. Why? Because Billy Vera and The Beaters immortalized it for me with this song… See if you remember this scene….

Of course sometimes the feelings were of the “tear your heart out” variety. Although I actually knew Janis Ian’s music…mostly from my mom, I didn’t realize I knew it. It wasn’t until I heard this song sung at the General Hospital Nurses Ball that I started to look her stuff up (only to discover, as I said, that I’d known her all along). The Nurses Ball was an AIDS awareness benefit and a much loved part of the show. They had just done a storyline where Stone, a much loved younger character on the show, died of AIDS. Stone is who you’ll see in the flashbacks toward the end…

So I’d been watching General Hospital since I was 3 years old. I saw Luke and Laura get married while we were stationed in Germany. It also helped me discover the music of Toni Braxton since I’d pretty much given up on mainstream radio by the ’90’s. One of my all time favorite characters was Brenda Barrett. Ever fall in love with a character you knew was toxic to you but couldn’t seem to help yourself? That was Brenda’s story back then. She’d fallen in love with a mobster named Sonny and he did nothing but break her heart. In my mind’s eye, she’ll always belong with Jax, the guy who loved and accepted her through pretty much everything. This particular song played as she was remembering her and Sonny together. Sonny had just married someone else.

The next song is from One Tree Hill. There have been a few artists (The Wreckers, Kate Voegele, Tyler Hilton) on the show that I fell in love with during the early years, but none quite like Haley Scott. This scene is the first time she shows the guy she loves her musical talents. It’s not her best song, but it had me hooked on Bethany Joy Galeotti’s music. It also made a great backdrop to the damage of lies between Lucas, Peyton & Brooke (my 3 favorite characters).

Finally there was Dido. Though many discovered her through Eminem, that’s not how I found her. It was back with a show called Roswell where I first heard the lovely, ethereal lilt of her voice. Like on Tree Hill, there was a ton of music to discover, but their opening theme song was done by her…and I loved it! In fact, here’s the song put together with parts of Max and Liz’s love story.

What songs have helped you discover artists you may not otherwise have become a fan of? Where did you discover them?


19 thoughts on “TV and New Discoveries

  1. Mike Reid says:

    Music IS my passion and I love all types from Big Band to Rob Zombie but there are two acts that set my soul on fire and both have been discovered by accident.

    About 5 years ago, I first heard Hendrix’s “Third Stone from The Sun” in the beginning of a movie that I have since forgotten but the music was out of this world and I had to know who it was. I was actually surprised to find out it was Hendrix but that song was it for me and since then, I have everything Hendrix ever recorded.

    The second is Joe Strummer and The Clash. Flipping channels and landed on a documentary featuring Joe, was intrigued by the soundtrack playing and decided to look further into their Discography. Needless to say, The Clash has brought meaning to my life that I can’t explain but I have become a better person since I discovered them.


  2. filbio says:

    There are so many great tunes that we all hear on these shows. I grew up watching many of the shows you mentioned here. Today’s shows are even using more music from different artists.


  3. Tameri Etherton says:

    I LOVE how TV shows will now show who is singing the song. Some commercials to do it, too. Back in the day, it was like trying to break into Fort Knox to get the info! I can’t think of any songs from TV shows that sparked something in me, but I’m sure they exist. Might just be that it’s 2:30 in the morning and my brain refuses to work right. But you’ve got me thinking…


    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      Me, too. I also love that they have helps when the artist hasn’t been around for very long. I’ve fallen in love with lots of new artists I might never have known thanks to shows like Smallville, Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill and a bunch of others. Stop on back if any pop into your head… Love musical discoveries.


  4. Emma says:

    I love that navy blue dress!
    Family Ties – *sniffling* this reminds me of childhood and visiting my grandparents who I miss every day.
    And Roswell – you know how I feel, Kitt. 🙂 Roswell helped me discover artists. Actually a lot of songs and artists I now love are because I first heard one of their songs on a TV show or in a film.


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