126 Spotisfaction Wednesday – 20th October 2010 – Simon Mogg

So, another Wednesday. I think Monday gets a bad rep, to be honest – all weekdays are pretty crap, not just Monday. And on that lovely note, happy birthday to contributor Ben Mercer! Love!

Anyway… Today’s playlist is by Simon Mogg and is entitled “The West Wing”. I’ll be honest, I never really watched it. I may need to bug you for the box sets…


Moggy Says:

There have been seven seasons of The West Wing. I’ve watched them all… a lot. I love everything about it. I think all elements of the show are of tremendous quality and that includes the choice of music. Other than W.G. Snuffy Walden’s incidental music, they pick a mixed selection of tracks to complement the episode that they are included in. Many tracks are very emotive, some very strange but most are just very good. Here is a playlist of some of the best from all seven seasons, in order.

The Yo-Yo Ma cello piece is absolutely beautiful. I very much like the tone of the cello. The Dire Straits track used at the end of season two really swells the mood of the season finale and helps create a dramatic climax. Tori Amos‘s very breathy version of ‘I don’t like Mondays’ is coupled with a storyline about a bomb in a school and adds a haunting feeling that can bring a tear to the eye. I could talk at length about the rest of the tracks as well but it would be dull for all of those who don’t know the show. I will just leave you with this advice: even if you skip the rest of the playlist, at least listen to Massive Attack, Steve Miller Band and the two Chopin piano pieces they are all brilliant in their own way.

Hit the link for info on which tracks came from which seasons.

Series 1
Sir James Galway ”“ Schubert: Ave Maria, “Ellens Gesang III”, D839 – Arranged by Craig Leon
Ronny Jordan ”“ The Jackal

Series 2
Yo-Yo Ma ”“ Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007/Prélude
Don Henley ”“ New York Minute
Dire Straits ”“ Brothers In Arms

Series 3
Buffalo Springfield ”“ For What It’s Worth
Right Said Fred ”“ I’m Too Sexy
UB40 ”“ Red Red Wine (Edit)
Van Morrison ”“ Caravan
Jeff Buckley ”“ Hallelujah – Radio Edit

Series 4
Tori Amos ”“ I Don’t Like Mondays
Barenaked Ladies ”“ One Week
Bob Dylan ”“ The Times They Are A-Changin’
Stray Cats ”“ Rock This Town
Massive Attack ”“ Angel

Series 5
Lisa Gerrard ”“ Sanvean – I Am Your Shadow
Frederic Chopin ”“ Chopin: Prelude No 4 In E Minor Op 28
Oksana ”“ Frederic Chopin: Revolutionary Etude in C Minor, Opus 10 no. 12
Blind Willie Johnson ”“ Dark Was The Night – Cold Was The Ground
Crosby & Nash ”“ My Country Tis Of Thee
Thievery Corporation ”“ Indra

Series 6
Ryan Adams ”“ Desire
Patsy Cline ”“ Walkin”™ After Midnight
Dave Brubeck ”“ Take Five

Series 7
Steve Miller Band ”“ Jet Airliner
Foo Fighters ”“ Miracle
Keb’ Mo’ ”“ America the Beautiful

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