Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday Night Lights: Tomorrow Blues

While last week's penultimate episode for seemed like a metaphor for FNL facing cancellation, the finale cleverly plays it both ways -- providing a sense of closure while also setting up compelling story opportunities for next season. It wasn't until the final few minutes of this episode that I would've really felt angry if the series had failed to get renewed. Thank goodness for DirecTV ex machina.

Click through for rest of post. Music portion below...

There wasn't really much music to analyze here ("Baby I Love Your Way" as wedding music!) but I can tell you I heard Pavement's great song "Lions (Linden)" when I saw the East Dillon mascot reveal. The song is about a high school football team, the Lions, and their close in proximity rivals, and with a song from singer Stephen Malkmus appearing last week, it's only fitting to bring him back:
Twenty miles westwards
Home of the Redbirds
Team colour's crimson blue
Open up your purses
For the boys to reimburse us
With a goal line stand on 4th and 2
And that goal line stand ... Ha!
Playlist: Friday Night Lights - Episode 3.13
1. "Something Good This Way Comes" - Jakob Dylan - Opening montage
2. "Low Rider" - War - Buddy drives Eric out to visit a prospective player
3. "Beautiful" - Gary Jules and The Group Rules - Matt moves Lorraine into an assisted living facility
4. "Baby, I Love Your Way" - Peter Frampton (originally by) - Billy & Mindy's wedding
5. "Bridal Chorus" (from 'Lohengrin') - Wagner - Mindy walks down the aisle
6. "Car Wash" - Rose Royce (originally by) - Wedding reception
7. "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" - Elvin Bishop (originally by) - Lyla tells Tim of college plans
8. "Waltz Across Texas" - Ernest Tubb and Mel Tillis (originally by) - Eric has a drink
9. "Mustang Sally" - Wilson Pickett (originally by) - Matt watches Julie dance / they talk
10. "When A Man Loves A Woman" - Percy Sledge (originally by) - Couples dance

Previously: Deterministic Jitters (Episode 3.12)


Anonymous said...

Hy,I wanted to ask you, in the final minutes of tomorrow blues,when the coach and his wife are looking at the lions broken down stadium,what songs is that in the background?

drake lelane said...

that was some original score work written by FNL composer W.G. "Snuffy" Walden.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks, only blog where I could find the opening montage song.

Anonymous said...

The song when matt and grandma saracen are moving into the assisted living home isn't "beautiful" by Gary Jules. I really liked the song but can't find it anywhere. Can anyone help?

drake lelane said...

It is "Beautiful" by Gary Jules in the broadcast version, the intended cut. I'm guessing you're watching the online NBC Rewind or iTunes version, which has NBC stripping out some of the songs and uses replacement music bought from Rescue Records, to save money on licensing.

Here's a list of songs from Rescue Records that were used as replacement music for season 3.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I was watching it on Hulu. I didn't find it on that list unfortunately. Any other ideas?