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After, wonder about HOW that music video came to be? Well, thanks to some more post-interview information, here are the histories of most of the So Weird songs, with more to come. Please read these with this in mind: all of the explanations AFTER the "Series Theme" are from Jon Cooksey, so read them from his point of view.

 

Series Theme:

Jon and Annmarie discussed what section of the song would be
suitable for the opening theme. They decided to use the very
uplifting last chorus of the song because of its triumphant vibe. The theme could be no longer than 40 seconds, so we actually changed the tempo and made it faster than the original version.

 

Rick's Melody:

If you mean the guitar melody that was introduced in "Medium", it was something that our composer, Terry Frewer came up with. We got him to compose it before we shot the episode, then taught it to the actors. After that, since Terry scored all the episodes, it kind of became a signature for Rick's appearances.

 

More Like a River:

It came from a thought I had in the middle of the night. I started with the chorus -- a general emotional statement, really -- then added in the verses, which were very specific to Molly's backstory. In fact, it was really exciting for everyone on the show when we finally showed "the house in the mountains" in "Medium". It's everyone's favorite song on the show that I know of; it sounds like a love song, but of course it's Molly singing to Rick, missing him but knowing he'd want her to move on.

When we were doing our second episode ("Memory") we needed a song but couldn't find anyone to write the music to my lyrics. For "More Like A River", we chose a version written by a local musician named Brent Belke; I gave him some very specific notes about the melody, which he rewrote, and I actually re-sang the vocal line myself till it was what I wanted. The version Mack sings is based on my vocal line. (I was always very proud of that, since I wasn't ordinarily involved in the music that much.) After that, we found Annmarie Montade, and she and I collaborated on almost all the rest of the songs.

In the Darkness:

I think part of it was that I personally identified with Molly in many ways. And I knew her character's backstory fully before we ever started the series. In my mind, Molly was a recovering alcoholic, ("Chrysalis") and that gave rise to the 12 Step oriented lyrics in "In The Darkness", which is the first one I wrote. "ITD" also continues a habit of mine, of using light/dark imagery, but not simply parallelling dark with evil -- darkness and pain are the things we have to face up to, to get where we're going. And Molly had certainly had her share.

This song also would have predicted many things in the 3rd season, if Cara/Fi had stayed. This will be seen in my season 3 fanfics.

 

She Sells:
This is Molly singing about her time doing ad jingles, before she started to
try for a comeback (all this backstory is mentioned in the pilot).
"Advanced internet solutions" refers to her jingle for Star-Dot-Star, and
you see the *.* logo in the background on-stage in Encore, when she sings
the song. The song also refers to afternoons at the piano, on daddy's knee,
when she was little -- this was to lay in her father, whom we'd meet in
Banshee, and tell the audience that he was a nicer man when she was little.

Origami:

This was (fictionally) an old song of Molly's back before she met Rick --
it's mentioned in "Vampire", I think, as being off an old PKB album. It was
about Molly's stormy relationships, and the fact that she put it back in her
repertoire was a signal that she was starting to feel lonely for a man in
her life (the song has an edge of physical yearning to it).

 

Last Night Blues/Chicago Blues:

I put a lot into this song, actually. The original lyrics tell the story of
a man who's waiting for an evil man to come kill him. I didn't want to make
the singer weak, so I made him religious -- he's going to turn the other
cheek, even if that means he has to die illustrating his principles. There
are lyric references to "Look Back In Anger", as well as the night-time
prayer -- If I die before I wake. And of course his reference to being
buried in his grave, a spin on the saying of Jesus: "Let the earth inherit
the meek."

If you compare these "original" lyrics to the lyrics written by the man who
killed him and stole his songs, you'll see that the killer (who isn't as
good a lyricist) mocks all his religious sentiments, and makes the song
about wine, women and money.

Star-Dot-Star Jingle:

We couldn't come up with anything from local ad companies, so the
prop-master and I ended up writing the music together in the office one
night. The lyrics were mostly from the writer of the script, Scott Meyer
(who brilliantly created the weird speaking patterns for Tad Raxall), though
I think I had to tinker with them a bit according to some notes from Disney
Channel.

 

New Math:

In series terms, Molly got the idea for the song from watching Irene's
sister have marital troubles in "Nightmare", and seeing the effect that had
on their son. The song is all about the damage that divorce does to kids,
regardless of how "enlightened" an approach adults take to it. The best
part was that the music is so bouncy, nobody ever really notices how serious
the lyrics are.

 

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