You had me at Sara Bareilles.
It only took a few minutes into the first episode of Apple TV’s new gem of a TV show, for me to fall head over heels in love with it. Little Voice follows Bess (Brittany O’Grady), an aspiring singer-songwriter trying to make it in New York. Sure, a familiar story, but Little Voice feels refreshing nonetheless. If you’re looking for some levity during your chaotic and stressful days, then I’d say that Little Voice is the perfect show for that. In many ways is this show ahead of its time; it’s hopeful, optimistic and motivating at a time when so many of us aren’t feeling that in our personal lives.
At one point Bess’s best friend Trisha (played by Shalini Bathina) calls her a “hopeaholic” and that one moment perfectly captures the essence of this show. This one’s for the dreamers who have had to pause. It’s for the creatives that sometimes wake-up second guessing their every idea. This one’s for the romantics who have a song in their heart they can’t stop singing. Little Voice is every bit a musical fairytale and it’s arrived just in time.
If I were still in my early-twenties, this show would have instantly convinced me to move to New York in a heartbeat. It’s not only that the city is shot beautifully, it’s also that it truly showcases how wonderfully-diverse the city is. Though a bit predictable in the storyline front, the magic is clearly in the music.
I don’t think that Sara Bareilles has ever written a bad song (and I bet she would disagree with me on that). Sara Bareilles wrote the music for Little Voice, which makes for a wonderful musical ride. By now Sara has proven that she can use her music to beautifully navigate a story, like she did with the musical Waitress. Each song heightens the emotional intensity of the scenes in a magical way.
I FEEL SEEN! I yelled it as soon as Bess runs from one place to another to help her brother, who is on the autism spectrum. (Louie is played by Eddie Valdez, a 21-year-old actor who is also on the spectrum. Shoutout to representation!) Never has a show felt so beautifully-representative of how life is for the oldest daughter. The way Bess has to juggle attempting to make her dreams come true and taking care of a family is a struggle that I am way too familiar with. This part of the show is what spoke to me the loudest.
Little Voice is a gem of a hopeful show and I think we’re all due for some hope. Aren’t we?