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6FU - the title track,
This review is from: Six Feet Under - Double Dead (Live in Concert) (DVD)
We came to the 13th episode of 6FU last night and lament that we'll have to wait a year before the next year come available.
It is brilliant, quite the most involving and challenging series currently in our ken. And whilst great entertainment series like "The Sopranos", and "Sex and the City" are, well, great entertainment, they don't involve you so completely and caringly in the characters the way 6FU does.
One of the wonderful Duke Ellington numbers in the boxed anthology from France that I have, has the occasional track prefaced by the great man introducing it. Sometimes there is a little anecdote, as in the case of a particularly nice number called "The Tattoed Lady". With his usual insouciant charm, Ellington explains that the lady was tattooed all over, not with pictures or words or things but with a series of zig-zag lines, each like a W.
The letter W has four strokes, and so he transcribed those four strokes into four notes ( and here he played the four notes). These four notes of course have different timbres, and different qualities. And naturally they gain different feelings depending on the instrument that plays them of course (and here, several instruments took it in turn playing the four notes. Then DE said that they had great fun using these four notes as the basic theme for the following music. And the band played "The Tattoed Lady".
I wondered whether the same idea had hit the fellow who composed the brilliant and stunningly original 6FU theme. There are four central characters, and the calibre and timbre of the note assigned to each reflects their characters - fragile, defiant, cool, conservative... Once I remembered Duke Ellington's introduction to the origins of the "Tattooed Lady" theme lady theme, it never escaped me every time we watched an episode. Of course the tagged on two or three notes were Brenda and Keith... and father.