I Think It’s So Groovy Now: “Reach Out of the Darkness”
There are so many reasons I love Mad Men. So. Many. Reasons.
But one thing I love in Mad Men (that most people don’t often talk about) is when it features songs from the 1960′s that I haven’t heard in a long time.
As you can guess from most of the music I talk about here, I generally listen to old-school music. Even though I’m 23 years old, most of my preferred music was made between the 1940s and the 1970s. Especially when I was a kid, my father always played a lot 1960′s songs for me, so the music frequently heard in Mad Men creates a similar nostalgic feeling in me that is also probably felt by 60 year-olds.
Last night was one such incident. At the end of the episode [SPOILER] Bobby Kennedy was shot, everyone in the show was having a shitty time, and Don was even angstier than usual. In the last scene, as Meghan watched Bobby’s shooting on TV, and Don sullenly stared at nothing, the upbeat song “Reach Out of the Darkness” by Friend and Lover played. Mad Men always does a great job using music, but the contrast of the somber scene with the women’s voice singing “I think it’s so groovy now,” was weirdly moving.
Also, I did remember this song from my childhood and was glad to be reminded it exists. So in case you missed last night’s show, or in case you’ve never heard this song in its entirety, here it is. On it’s own, it’s not as depressing.
Also, fun fact: “Reach Out of the Darkness” came out in 1968, the current year of Mad Men.
Picture via NYTimes