Song: El Paso
Artist: Marty Robbins
Favorite Lyric: Nighttime would find me in Rosa’s Cantina
Music would play and Felina would whirl.
Significance: This song was used very effectively in the series finale of Breaking Bad. I thought this was a good opportunity to talk about how a good television show or movie can elevate a song and vice versa, and how indelibly intertwined the two mediums are. Breaking Bad made very judicious use of music. There really isn’t a lot of soundtrack or score in this series. I recently heard the cast and crew talking about this on a podcast, then rewatching an episode in which Jesse kicks down the door of a house, gun in hand, and searches the rooms looking for some dangerous people. It’s a very intense scene and you can imagine any other show or movie pumping up the music to make sure the viewer feels the peril. There is no music behind this scene in Breaking Bad, and the scene is not lacking for it. I probably wouldn’t have even noticed if I hadn’t listened to the podcast. Back to El Paso… The song was well used in the finale, and the song and Felina herself will have a special place on my playlist simply for evoking the good memories of watching the show.