Sleeping At Last is the most underrated musical genius, and I will stand by that statement until the end of time.
I just spent the better part of the weekend catching up on the last 5 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy that I was behind on. My love-affair with Grey’s Anatomy is a long, complicated and well-documented one but I may have just re-fallen in love with the show. Though, this should be another post in itself; I will say that if any show has done character development right then that show is Grey’s Anatomy.
Though I have my gripes about certain (many) storylines on the series, the one thing I have always appreciated about Grey’s is the beautiful way in which they utilize the perfect song for each scene. (With the exception of that one season where they only used covers of famous songs … that was a mess.) We all have Alexandra Patsavas to thank for the iconic moments, the Music Supervisor has truly been an essential part of what makes Grey’s Anatomy so special. We have her to thank for “Chasing Cars” in Denny’s death, for Cristina and Meredith dancing it out to “Where Does The Good Go” by Tegan and Sara and for so many more moments that instantly replay the moment we hear a specific song.
I also have to thank Alexandra Patsavas for helping me discover Sleeping At Last and their unique musicianship. On the finale for Season 15, the episode featured Sleeping At Last covering “Breathe Again”, which is originally a Sara Bareilles song. This song has already been an important part of my daily music rotation, because you can never have enough Sara Bareilles in your life, but consider me obsessed with this new take on a classic song.
Sleeping At Last is a project led by Ryan O’Neal, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has mastered the art of making music and I am eternally grateful that his music found its way into my life. The fact that he reimagined a song that I listen to at least once a week, into a song that sounds brand new is something to applaud. He finds nuance in the already heartbreaking, he adds depth within already earth-shattering lyrics and this new version of “Breathe Again” feels wonderfully-painful.
I encourage you to shuffle through Sleeping At Last’s version, I promise that their songs are truly a revelation. In the meantime you can catch me listening to this at my work desk and silently crying.