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Shadows of Things Not Seen, But Sensed

I got Bob The West Wing for Christmas - the complete series.  We've been watching it bit by bit, and last night, we watched the episodes where Zoe Bartlett is kidnapped. 

The music at the end of the third episode in the section is incredible - it plays as the family attends a special mass, and Donna and Josh see the offerings at the gates of the White House, and the bombing planes are deployed.  Even thinking about it makes the hairs on my arms stand up.

The music is Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance), and the song is "Sanvean - I am Your Shadow".  I got it off iTunes, and I've been listening to it on and off all day. 

Sometimes, something very deep comes out in a particular song, and it doesn't leave you for a while.


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Jan. 29th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
The live version of that song on Towards the Within is exceptional. You should grab a copy of that album if you don't already have it.

Jan. 29th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
Similarly, when Yo-Yo Ma plays the fabulous first movement of Bach's Suite in G Major...ooohh....that piece of music just flips an emotional switch. I can't even watch that scene without feeling it flood my insides, squeeze my heart, and make me tear up. Have you ever just wanted to crawl inside the music, put it on like a cloak? That piece played by that cellist always does it for me.
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
That song is also on her album "The Mirror Pool". There are more moments like that to be found there. It's one of my favourites.

She has a just amazing voice--it truly is a musical instrument in all senses of the word.
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
I miss the West Wing.
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Me too.
Jan. 29th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
Lisa Gerrard is an extraordinary, accomplished artist. I second the vote for "The Mirror Pool". She's also responsible for the gorgeous music form the "Whale Rider" movie, and co-wrote much of "Gladiator"'s music with Hans Zimmer. And don't look to translate her vocals -- they are purely made-up sounds and don't stem from any real language.
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
I've been watching it on Bravo in the mornings. Best music, IMO, was Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" from the episode where Mark Harmon as CJ's bodyguard was killed in the conveneience store.
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