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22 August 2010 @ 09:38 pm
TV Shows and Music  

I've been looking for more obscure music recently. Maybe obscure isn't the best word - simply songs that aren't played on the radio 24/7. I like collecting new and interesting music, but I feel as though I'm horrible at doing so. I just never seem to know where to look. My saviour has come in the form of The Vampire Diaries. Besides having a fantastic plot and convincing characterizations, the music is brilliant. Not only does the music perfectly complement whatever feelings the characters have or whatever drama is unfolding, but the songs are all relatively unknown (at least to me). Advertising newer or less popular bands through tv shows is a very good idea for many reasons: the station doesn't have to pay as much to use the music and the band has a chance to become more known.

There are few times I can remember actually listening to the music while watching something. Usually I feel as though music serves as a sort of white noise, present but never supposed to take the focus away from what's happening visually. While watching The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean, I do remember consciously paying attention to the music and how beautiful it was, but that music was instrumental so it's not quite the same. Basically the only music I remember from tv shows is the opening credits. I particularly liked those for Veronica Mars but whose idea was it to alter the credits for the third season? In one of the beginning episodes of The Vampire Diaries, they played the song "Down" by Jason Walker. It's kind of become one of my favorite songs ever. And I've found tons of other songs through that show that I deem iPod worthy (and I don't put that much music on my iPod, considering how much I listen to). The show actually helped to popularize the song "All I Need" by Within Temptation (the Damon and Elena dancing song) which I've loved for a while now.

So here's another reason to watch The Vampire Diaries: great, relatively unknown music. I can't wait to learn about new songs and bands next season! If only other tv shows could do the same.... I can hope I guess.

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