‘True Blood’ Music Recap: Soundtracking Sex With Sixties Rarity ‘Don’t You Feel Me’
Over the course of its five seasons, “True Blood” has consistently been one of the best shows on television not only for fans of vampires but for music fans as well. Each episode is named after a song title, and a number of artists have contributed new recordings to the show. Every week during season six, Radio.com will check in with “True Blood” Music Supervisor Gary Calamar, who has been nominated for GRAMMYs twice for his work on the show. This week, at Gary’s suggestion, we spoke to Daniel Kenneth, who wrote this week’s episode. (To see previous recaps, go here.)
“In the sunlight/In the moonlight/In the dark night/When the time’s right/Don’t you feel me/Loving you?”
The song — “Don’t You Feel Me” by an fairly obscure 1960s artist named Damon — could have been written for Warlow and Sookie. Warlow, for those just tuning in, is a faerie-vampire hybrid who has the ability that all vampires want: the ability to walk in the daylight. While Sookie had resisted Warlow’s charms up until now, even threatening to kill him the last time they got naked together, (spoiler alert) this week’s episode saw her saving Warlow by hiding him in the faerie plane (where his maker Billith can’t detect him). As an added bonus, she also consummated their relationship, albeit after tying him to a gravestone at his request. Sex is never simple around Bon Temps, is it?
For his writing debut, True Blood writer Daniel Kenneth choose “Don’t You Feel Me” as the title of the episode. Clearly, he was feeling Damon’s song.
“It’s this amazing little gem first heard on a ’60s psychedelic rock compilation Forge Your Own Chains on Now-Again Records a few years back,” he tells Radio.com. “Egon [aka, Now-Again Records founder Eothen Alapatt], a big fan of the show himself, used to send the True Blood writers’ office Now-Again Records releases over the years. They all made their way into my own iTunes library, but this song stuck in my head.”
Kenneth thought it apropos for the episode on many levels, particularly for Sookie and Warlow.
“Time works differently in the faerie plane, and we designed it as sort of a one-act play within the episode,” he said. “There’s similar maker/progeny connections going on with other characters — Bill and Jessica, Eric and Willa — but I loved it as a title in regards to Sookie and Warlow because it’s a statement. They’re telling Bill, ‘Don’t you feel me.’”
However, the lyrics also pertain to the pair’s budding relationship. As Kenneth points out, “It speaks to Sookie and Warlow as two fated lovers, possibly destined to be with one another forever — day andnight.”
Terry Bellefleur. (John P. Johnson/HBO)
There was just one other music moment on this week’s True Blood. When Terry Bellefleur went to Lafayette’s house to entrust him with the key to his safe deposit box, Lucinda Williams’ “Born To Be Loved” was audible. From the Americana star’s 2011 album Blessed, the song was another choice from Kenneth.
“I love this song so much, and thought it’s sweet melodic lyrics about how precious every life is (and though still quite somber in tone), it could play tragically under a scene with Terry as he continues with his plan to kill himself,” Kenneth explained. “There’s reasons to live life everywhere — including the on the radio — that he just doesn’t want to, but more importantly can’t, hear.”
It’s not the first time Williams has been heard on True Blood.
“In the very first episode we used ‘Lake Charles,’ which worked beautifully as Bill and Sookie were just getting acquainted,” True Blood music supervisor Gary Calamar points. “And we were honored that she wrote ‘Kiss Like Your Kiss’ for us in season three. Lucinda, who is a Louisiana gal, is of course brilliant songwriter with a beautiful twang in her voice. She’s modern and classic. A perfect sound for the soundtrack of our friends in Bon Temps!”
Next week’s episode is titled “In The Evening.” There’s one classic rock anthem with that title, though the band that wrote it is notoriously expensive and selective when it comes to allowing their music to be licensed. Still, could it be the week that Led Zeppelin comes to Bon Temps? Check back next week!
– Brian Ives, Radio.com