The Music, Season One, a Companion to: The Road So Far series:
Since we're working hard to make this a 'go to' spot for many, and I have to actually GO to work many days of the week and NOT write articles, I thought I'd introduce some 'lighter fare' in between some of the meatier courses. [I wonder if it's because I'm hungry right now that I'm going for food metaphors.]
Seeing how many people have commented that my first article in this series has made them nostalgic [my word] for the episodes past, I thought I'd post a little something, something that gives us the music of episodes past. By no means is this an exhaustive presentation of the music and no doubt my daring to tread into these emotional waters may leave some cold, but I go anyway [I'm silly that way].
Admittedly, I'm no classic rock aficionado, nor am I some new age music fan. I grew up with an older brother who was very into Metallica and Aerosmith and Kansas and Van Halen and Bon Jovi [who rocks, on occasion] and many, many others "“ Kiss, Foreigner, and ohmygosh there's a really, really big one that I'm totally missing so hopefully big bro doesn't read this [he won't, he has no idea I write anything other than stuff for work] "“ where was I?
*Starting a new paragraph*, so, anyway, I grew up listening to much of the music that Eric Kripke puts in the show (and yes, I'm a better person for it) but I don't know a lot of 'stuff' about the music. I just know what I like, what makes me think, cheer, tear, laugh, sigh, feel really nostalgic, gloomy [in a good way] or that makes me hit the rewind button again and again and again"¦and one more time [that never gets old, hee!]
What I put in here for each season will be those songs that really stood out for me, either they set a tone for an episode or a scene, they identified a character or a memory, or frankly were just really, really cool. You may be amazed at what isn't in this list for Season 1 but, to be sure, it will show up in a later season, I just don't want to overdo it [I mean, it's not chocolate, so it won't go bad if it hangs around a little longer]
Here we go, Season one music and accompanying clips; just a little something to enjoy whilst I get back to work on something a bit beefier (darn, and I'm eating chicken again tonight). My round up of Season 4 is coming soon, not a part of the Road So Far series, and I'm well underway in writing Season 2, a part of the Road So Far series, but for now, settle back, turn up your speakers and enjoy"¦.
Who can forget how stunning this set up was"¦Robert Duncan McNeill directed this episode [wasn't he Paris from Star Trek Voyager?] I thought he directed this one very well. (Note From Alice: Yes, he was Paris on Voyager and now one of the Producers for the most awesome Chuck).
My favorite scene is shapeshifter Dean telling Sam Dean's inner secrets"¦but the song that got us there is this:
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly.
Meg is introduced, Sam and Dean fight, Dad calls, Cigarette Smoking Man comes to town, Kim Manners directs and pays homage to a shot from the X-Files "“ remember when the frogs rain down on the umbrellas? And the fabulous ending that sets the character of Meg perfectly for the future"¦
"Bad Company" by Bad Company
I love the irony"¦don't fear the reaper"¦of course you should fear the reaper, they're after you!!! (and he's scary looking, Tessa is much nicer looking"¦well, at least when she looks like Tessa, and I'm not into slash but she is a pretty woman.)
Note to self: If I'm ever trying to do major exposition, find a really cool tune to play it to"¦works every time.
I really enjoy the slow build in this scene as the boys reach the conclusion of what they're up against and the music builds until the reveal and the words of the song come together"¦
"Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult
I know this episode leaves many in the fandom cold (and apparently in Mississippi too) and it is really not so good, but what it does have, and in abundance, are brotherly moments. Sam learns that Dean shared 'the' secret with a girl, a girl he loved, a girl who broke up with him (and hurt him), and in that few days in Mississippi (it snows in Mississippi?) Sam learned a lot about Dean that gave him a newer, gentler appreciation of his brother's wild ways"¦the ending is what I love.
I love as they're riding down the highway Sam asks Dean if he ever wonders how much this life costs them when thinking of the girl who got away. Dean just slouches down, dons his shades and tells Sam to wake him up when it's his turn to drive. Nowhere in there is it suggested that Dean is at all bothered by the life they lead, how time and events will change that but for now it's simple, soulful; two brothers heading down the road after the next hunt"¦
"Can't Find My Way Home" by Steve Winwood
Dean has guilt, Sam is there to help, a little kid (and his younger brother) needs help, a cary elderly woman gets the jump on Dean"¦"I was sleeping with my peepers open." Hah! Dean reveals some of his pain from letting dad down (I love you John, but sheesh!) and also shows some of his more vulnerable side. I can so identify with why and how he keeps himself so tightly controlled (Cassie dumped him for telling the truth, Dad looked at him different for daring to not follow an order, at ten years of age, yeah, I'm sensitive like Dean too. Kinda level headed like Sam though so I'm a great combo of both, probably why I like them together, one unit.
Anyway, the ending is another one of those comfortably, soulful, gentle, nostalgic moments "“ and the first time I saw this episode and heard/saw this ending (last year, about March I think) I realized that I was watching something really awesome and that when it ended (and it will eventually) I would have a montage of really awesome moments through the seasons to remember this journey and this would be one of those"¦
"Road to Nowhere" by Ozzy Osbourne
Is this the first of the tradition? I think so, but I'll stand corrected if need be because in no way do I have every facet of this awesome show memorized, but according to my Supernatural Season 1 Official Companion, this is the first time it shows up in the credits"¦some songs might get only one showing and not multiple but this one is not"¦every time we get it, it's going to get put in here"¦need I say more:
"Carry on Wayward Son" by Kansas
What an ending, I still remember the first time I saw this (again, I think it was last February or March "“ I said I remember seeing it, not the date LOL) "“ I saw it on my computer courtesy of SupernaturalTV and their clips, thank you, clip people. I was so thankful my DVDs were almost at my home, and I snuck a peek ahead to In My Time of Dying so I had a clue at least"¦I remember I had to replay it several times and crank up the volume to hear the lyrics and I thought"¦how awesome to play that song"¦and it was so true"¦
"Bad Moon Rising" by Credence Clearwater Revival
So there you go, fellow Supernatural Hellatus support group (that's long)"¦another little something, something to enjoy and assist in awakening those memories from Season 1. If you've got the DVDs, time to pull them out and get watching. If you are in need, perhaps someone will share, or at least tell you where on the internet to find them...I'm not promoting piracy so please, to be fair to Eric and all attached to the show, do it legal. (Here endeth the sermon) enjoy.
(A Couple Additions From Alice)
While I wholeheartedly agree with elle2's submissions, there are two particular song scenes that blow me away in season one. One sort of counts as classic rock, while the other proves it doesn't have to be classic to be awesome.
I absolutely love The Rolling Stones. I have all their albums pre 1973 (of course). Their newer stuff never did anything for me, until I heard "Laugh I Nearly Died" with the scene. Sam's intense guilt over Jessica's death is depicted in the most stunning way here in this closing scene, and the song takes it from a plain Sam emo moment to an emotional masterpiece. Easily one of my favorite scenes from the series.
"Laugh, I Nearly Died" by The Rolling Stones
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" isn't the only memorable scene set to some awesome music in this one. The other one is a bit more modern, although one of the best damned songs to come out of the 90's. Plus, what better song to take your skin off with?
"Hey Man Nice Shot" by Filter.