Last night we had the opportunity to attend a Fathom Event presentation of Paleyfest 2013 featuring the cast and creators of AMC’s the Walking Dead. After a few minutes of sitting in the movie theatre, I became so wrapped up in the experience that I truly felt as though I were in attendance at the actual panel discussion. It was incredible and I encourage all with Hulu Plus to check it out!
During the interview, host Chris Hardwick made a comment directed at Emily Kinney (Beth) and the fact that she always ends up singing to the group. In so many words, he joked that their group of survivors was sorely in need of an ipod. Indeed! Emily expressed her feelings about her character singing to the others. She remarked that those moments seem to come at a time when the group is temporarily at peace; they have a shelter, they are secure, they have a little bit of food.
Her words invoked a sense of comfort. I know, personally, I always enjoy those times at the end of the day with family and/or friends, laughing, telling stories, watching a movie or listening to music. Granted, the circumstances on WD are more in line with those of yesteryear, when people didn’t have electronics and they gathered to tell stories, read aloud, and sing. Either way, music is there. Of course there should be music for the survivors of WD!
Many times watching the show I’ve thought about what I would be doing in that particular situation. I think that “Team Prison” would either outright love me or hate me. Why? Because I can’t stop singing. I would not be able to get through a single day without something musical. I’d be a watch post nightmare, attracting walkers left and right. I am a true believer in the adage “whistle while you work” only, I can’t whistle. I sing.
And that’s not entirely a bad thing. On ABC’s Lost, Charlie Pace played his guitar whenever he had down time. And that would be me. I find music to be therapeutic. The math behind it, the rhythms, the tempo, the melodies and harmonies. Singing causes you to focus while at the same time freeing yourself. It opens up and exercises the lungs. It calms the soul. I heard someone say, “People who are happy listen to the music. People who are sad listen to the lyrics.” Truer words were never spoken!
That’s how I feel about music on a daily basis. I quote song lyrics all the time on social media sites and friends never know what to make of my mood. Is it a quote with hidden meaning? Or is it a quote simply because it’s a good song? I’ll never tell. And I’ll never stop singing. I go out and sing karaoke as often as possible (at least once a week without fail). Can you picture that? Post-apocalyptic karaoke? Well, technically, it would all be reminiscent of the acapella American Idol auditions since there probably wouldn’t be any electrical power. And any group I’m with probably wouldn’t allow me to loot musical instruments whilst everyone else searches for food.
It would be fun to make a game out of it, though. Just picture it: You’re in a guard tower with Daryl Dixon and…
Sorry. My mind wandered to a completely different direction. I got as far as being alone with Daryl Dixon and the only music I heard was the tune from Sexy Farm, “Brown Chicken Brown Cow.”
Name that tune, Mr. Dixon. And beautiful music was made…