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TV / Your Music in Media Guide to the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

The nominations for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday and were – let’s face it – fairly predictable, and sorely lacking in noms for Community.  Check out the nominees in the music categories below – including some streaming clips and tracks where I could get ‘em.  Watch the broadcast on Sunday Aug 29 8pm ET / 5pm PT to see who wins…

Outstanding Composition for A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score)

The Pacific (Part 10) – Music by Blake Neely, Geoff Zanelli and Hans Zimmer (HBO)

When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation) – Music by Lawrence Shragge (CBS)

Temple GrandinMusic by Alex Wurman (HBO)

You Don’t Know Jack – Music by Marcelo Zarvos (HBO)

Blessed Is The Match – Music by Todd Boekelheide (PBS)

Georgia O’Keeffe – Music by Jeff Beal (Lifetime)

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TA Mixtape / Music In Media: TV Dinner

by Andrew Thomas

“It just sort of introduces the idea that you’re in for something pretty idiotic.” – Larry David

I love food. I love eating it. I love making it. I love talking about it. I love hearing people talk about it. I even love watching people make it on competition based television shows. Unfortunately, those shows by nature must leave out one of my favorite elements of food: the smell. When you enter a restaurant owned by a knowledgeable chef, you’ll notice the immediate presence of a powerful, distinct and pleasing aroma. It heightens the anticipation. It lets you know the type of food is on the way. It focuses your senses on the tastes and textures to come.

A good theme song is the television equivalent to a tantalizing aroma before a delicious meal. It whets your appetite for the rest of the show. The tone of the song will let you know if the show will be light, dark, comedic, dramatic, intense, intelligent, unconventional, or any number of things. When you hear the twanging guitars and mournful fiddle of Deadwood’s Opening Sequence, you know you’re not in for a buddy cop comedy. When you hear The Barenaked Ladies prattle off a Brief History of The Universe, you know you’re not watching a show about a rape lawyer.

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