Two of the most beautiful songs you’ll ever hear (video)

I recently discovered the TV series “Fringe.” It’s an amazing show that’s now over, and I’m not entirely sure how I missed it in the first place. It’s totally up my alley – kind of a modern version of X-Files that’s funnier, more sci-fi-y, and less skeptical of the reality of the unreal.

I worked my way through the entire show for free on Amazon Prime in two weeks.

During one episode in Season 3, this song comes on by Jeremy Little. It’s his version of the Wizard of Oz classic, “If I only had a brain.”

Let me say, just wow. It’s nearly as good (but not quite) as Eva Cassidy’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which is one of the most beautiful pieces of music you will ever listen to.

So first up is Jeremy Little – the video includes clips from Fringe. And after that, Eva Cassidy’s amazing Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It was filmed at Blue’s Alley in DC in 1996. Cassidy died that same year at the age of 33, from malignant melanoma. She became a hit after her death.

Jeremy Little:

Eva Cassidy:

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  • Yep I thought of posting that too, but since we were on a theme, I didn’t.

  • LOL exactly :)

  • Cassidy’s ‘Rainbow’ is truly a classic. Heart rending.

  • “less skeptical of the reality of the unreal.”

    So it’s conservative?

  • Yes, “Life on Mars (UK)” ran for two seasons, eight episodes per series as is commonplace with many of their shows these days. John Simm and Philip Glennister are simply awesome actors, and for someone who grew up in the 1970s, it hits all the nostalgia buttons for me, even if it’s set on the other side of the pond. Although two seasons doesn’t seem like a lot, it actually does tell a complete and, for me, satisfying story.

    As I said above, I also liked Ashes to Ashes, which was set in the early 80s and starred Keeley Hawes as the protagonist, Alex Drake, although several of the original stars were also in it, including Glennister in his iconic role as DCI Gene Hunt. In the end, after 3 seasons of 8 episodes each, it’s clear exactly what eventually happened to Sam Tyler.

    I liked Heroes for the first couple of seasons…but IMHO it went way off the rails, and when it was canceled didn’t have anything even vaguely resembling an ending.

  • Interesting, just watched the clips. It’s a series? Also been watching Heroes the last week. I like it, but it’s a bit not-quite-fringe. Some of the plot twists are too easy. And the inter-connections a bit contrived. And I just don’t care about Nikki anymore. But it’s still worth watching.

  • Eva Cassidy—-my god what a loss. She stirs the heart every time. Check out “Fields of Gold.’

  • I know what you mean. And I very nearly shed a tear every time they made it clear that there will be no real coffee in the future. ;-) But I remember the first time they noticed the Observers, which was when I said to myself, “Okay, this just got interesting.”

    Anyway, given you liked that, another suggestion I have for you is “Life on Mars” — but the UK version, NOT the US remake. (Emphatically, not the US remake.) The only trouble is it’s not easy to come by. It ended up in my Netflix DVD queue based on their recommendations, hence was ‘free’ for me, but I don’t see any online versions around. The DVDs are available from Amazon though.

    But here’s a link to whet your appetite:

    Followed by:

    I also really liked the sequel series, Ashes to Ashes, although it’s not to everyone’s taste. That one, unfortunately, is available only as a UK import and as such requires a region-free player (which we have).

  • Oh my God, I’d never seen that! That is hysterical.

  • And yes, the fifth season bothered me overall. Was far too dark. Reminded me of when Buffy jumped the cliff, or the shark, after they brought her back from the dead, and the show just got so dark, and angry, and full of scorn. I don’t like that. The final episode got back to the way the show was in seasons 1 to 4, so that was great. And yeah, it was a good finale. But I’m still pining for it, what a great show, and great actors.

  • theophrastvs

    Vincent Price did it with more panache

  • I bought it :)

  • PeteWa

    indeed – that was one of the best endings to any series I can remember watching.

  • I’m glad you liked Fringe, John — it’s been one of my favorite shows, too.

    I kind of thought the first season was a little rough and sometimes too “gross thing of the week,” but by time they settled down into the story arc, it became fascinating.

    Since you said you watched for free on Amazon Prime, I’m guessing you didn’t get to see the final 5th season, yes? Well, when that day comes, you’re in for a treat. As one of the reviewers over there commented, “JJ Abrams finally has a series with a proper ending.”

  • KenStarr

    When I have guests over who have never heard of Eva, I set them up and play that “Over the Rainbow” track.and they do what I did the first time I heard that voice – stunned into silence and wonder. Then stunned again when I tell her story and her passing. If you haven’t heard it…

  • olandp

    Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg wrote very sophisticated music and lyrics even those that were for a children’s movie. When the songs from Wizard of Oz are pulled out and performed separately from the whole their brilliance becomes obvious. Our culture is so much richer for their contribution. Can you imagine a world without Over the Rainbow? Nobody sings it like Judy though.

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