I was very proud of singer-songwriter Michael Kisur last week. Four of his songs were played on daytime television – on Friday his song "Sunshine" (written with collaborator Brad Hatfield) graced a beautiful outdoor Los Angeles-by-the-sea scene involving star-crossed teens Lily and Daniel in The Young and The Restless. His downtempo chillout songs "Your Dirty Little Secret" and "Why" were winding through the hush-hush conversations at the Palace Restaurant on One Life to Live on Wednesday, and on Thursday his song "Peace" (in its instrumental form) was used in a beautiful overhead shot of Manhattan on One Life To Live as well.
It never fails to amaze me how this medium of television and film can be transformed by the right piece of music. Not that one always knows instantly what the right kind of music is for a scene – it requires a lot of experimentation and hard work. That’s why I respect the music supervisors who spend so much time in windowless editing rooms auditioning piece after piece of music, cutting in and cutting out, then showing their producers what they’ve come up with. Many times one piece of music may be as good or effective as another piece in the scene, but one creates a slightly different mood and that’s the mood the producer is going for, so it gets chosen.
It was great this week to see how seamlessly the song “Sunshine” fit into the Young and Restless scene on Friday. The song’s track has an undulating quality, almost like a series of slowly-growing waves, and when it played through the beach scene with waves gently crashing and seagulls gliding, I knew that there was truly some order in the universe! Sometimes things just come together like that in this line of work. Especially when Michael Kisur is the songwriter.
Because like one TV music executive called me to say the first time she heard a Michael Kisur song, “Who is he…he’s AWESOME!!” I couldn’t agree more.
If you’ve heard a song on tv or in film lately that you thought was great, please tell me about it. As you know, I’m all ears!