When you watch a TV show most people notice the dialogue or the storylines, but have you ever noticed how important the musical choices are during certain scenes? Music can really make or break a moment. Gilmore Girls is one of those shows that regularly incorporated music into its scripts, and it did it in a big way. Whether it’s Lane Kim discussing her musical preferences or a song played softly in the background, it’s clear that showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino has seriously considered the music she has included. in the show. These three scenes were greatly enhanced by their added music.
Elvis Costello’s “This is Hell” performed when Jess Mariano arrived at Stars Hollow
Luke Danes’ nephew Jess Mariano moved to Stars Hollow in season 2 of Gilmore Girls. From the moment Jess got off the New York bus, it was clear he would be in trouble and struggling to fit in with the perpetually positive citizens of Stars Hollow. Sherman-Palladino’s song choice for the stage only cemented that feeling for fans.
Jess looked around Stars Hollow as Elvis Costello’s “This is Hell” played in the background. In the scene, Jess watched the locals cartwheels through the streets. The song was a perfect choice and, in the end, Stars Hollow was Jess’s version of hell.
Town troubadour Grant-Lee Phillips provided excellent background music during Season 4 bonfire
Grant-Lee Phillips, a musician, has appeared in several episodes of Gilmore Girls like the city’s mysterious troubadour. While Phillips and his unnamed character have regularly provided music to enhance some of the show’s dreamy moments, there is one, in particular, that stands out.
In the Season 4 episode, “Nag Hammadi is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospel,” Phillips is seen as the troubadour of the Firelight Festival. Her song, “Mona Lisa”, with its romantic sound, sets the tone for the famous celebration of Stars Hollow.
Amy Sherman-Palladino chooses to use ‘Reflecting Light’ during two pivotal moments of ‘Gilmore Girls’
Lorelai Gilmore and Luke Danes’ love story is one of the most talked about aspects of Gilmore Girls. Fans can debate the merits of Rory’s various partners, and whether Emily Gilmore was picky or just self-confident. However, not many can argue that Luke and Lorelai weren’t perfect for each other. Sherman-Palladino spent several seasons preparing for their eventual love affair. It’s no surprise that she picked the perfect song to start it all off.
In the Season 4 episode, “Last Week Fights, This Week Tights,” Luke and Lorelai took their first step towards romance when Lorelai accompanied Luke to his sister’s wedding. They danced together to “Reflecting Light” by Sam Phillips. The song played again in the Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, when Luke and Lorelai finally got married. The music helped fans remember where the romance started.
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