Sunday A.M. Radio: the music of 'Twin Peaks'

If you’re not having your morning cup of coffee yet, this post will probably put you in the mood. It’s about one of the most coffee-centric shows I’ve ever seen: “Twin Peaks.” I’ve been a fan of David Lynch’s work since I first stumbled upon the magical insanity that is “Eraserhead.” But “Blue Velvet” (which recently turned 30 years old) really sealed the deal for me. The story of the seemingly normal suburban town with the super-seedy underbelly was fascinating.

Somehow, I missed “Twin Peaks.” I was too young when the series originally aired on ABC in 1990 and, later, every time I tried to check the DVDs out of the library some joker was sitting on the first disc. Thankfully, Jed, my boss – and the man behind our beer podcast “Bottle Share,” which you should also listen to this morning if you haven’t already – was able to help me out by lending me the entire series. I’m six episodes in and I’m already loving it.

It has everything I love from David Lynch’s work, but one of the best things about the show is the score. The dark ambient and jazz influenced music was written by Angelo Badalamenti and Lynch. According to Wikipedia, so…., they wrote the iconic theme in just 20 minutes. Lynch also wrote lyrics for a few of the songs used in the prequel movie “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” like “Sycamore Trees,” which features the great Ron Carter on bass.

With a revival of the series coming to Showtime in 2017, you’ve got time to rewatch the entire series or visit the town of Twin Peaks (population 51,201) for the first time.

Watch Angelo Badalamenti explain how he wrote “Laura Palmer’s Theme”:

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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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