Saturday, September 23, 2006

Saturday Is For Soundtrack: Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Part 1: Choice Cuts

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is one of the best tv series I've seen. I can say that without hesitating. Drama, comedy, horror, action, adventure...the show's a blend of it all, with an outstanding cast. I feel bad that I didn't have the chance to watch it since the beginning. I was just surfing channels when I found out that they're having reruns at weekdays, and I was just clued to the tv screen, five times a week, for 7 seasons. Joss Whedon's the man.
Not only does the show provide great action and well-written dialogue, but the music selection is also quite phenomenal. That's why I decided to post a 4-part focus on songs used on Buffy. First part's about those songs played at the most memorable moments of the show.

Sarah McLachlan - Full Of Grace
Sarah McLachlan to Buffy is like Imogen Heap to The O.C. Her music only gets featured at the climacic end in season finales. And her song worked so well that every time I listened to it, I thought of the scenes. So this was played in the season 2 finale episode 'Becoming, Part 2', after Buffy killed her lover Angel and decided to leave Sunnydale. Sarah just does what she does best: singing heartfelt piano ballads that can move you to tears in a cold night if you're really in the mood. Beautifully-crafted song.

Sarah McLachlan - Prayer Of Saint Francis
Sarah's music returned to Buffy with this rarity, played at the season 6 finale 'Grave'. Although it's not as outstandingly good as 'Full Of Grace', it's still a short, bittersweet, melodic song, and really helped capture the moment.

The Sundays - Wild Horses
What I like about Buffy's song selections is that they don't simply choose new songs to promore artists who are having fresh new cds in stores. They choose what suits the moments best. This is a gem 1992 cover of the Rolling Stones' classic by a duo called The Sundays. It was played in episode 'The Prom' in season 3, when Buffy was having the last dance with Angel before he left town, and before she faced with the apocalypse at graduation day. This might not be the best cover version, but I love it for what it is. The acoustic arrangements are beautiful, and the female lead vocals sound so honest and fragile. It's a great choice for the prom's slow dance.

Next part: Some cool tracks off the soundtrack cd 'Radio Sunnydale'.

***Off topic: Oh, today, at a scholarship award ceremony, I saw the girl whom I used to have a crush on in my elementary school days. I think she didn't see, though. Didn't have the nerve to walk up and talk to her, for I was quite sure she wouldn't remember me. She still looks the same, like she did ten years ago. Wo, sweet brief moment there.

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