LISTEN AND WATCH: Popular TV Series Covers Waylon Jennings
We have all seen those TV shows and movies that are known to cover different songs throughout different episodes like "Glee," "Pitch Perfect," "The Voice," "American Idol," and so forth. But Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist on NBC is just taking the world by storm with its emotional storylines and "heart songs."
If there's a song in your heart, it will get in her head. Jane Levy stars in this high-concept drama as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her - her family, co-workers and complete strangers - through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo, and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.
In a nutshell, this show tugs on all your emotional heartstrings.
In one of the newest episodes, Zoey is having dinner at Simon's house. Zoey and Simon just started seriously dating, and she was there to apologize after having not-so-great of a double date with her friend Max and his new girlfriend. It's important to note that Max and Zoey used to date which makes Simon feel a bit uneasy at times about their whole friendship. Simon believes Zoey when she says Max is just a friend, and he appears to be handling the situation well....until he breaks out into a "heart song" and performs a classic tune from the late Waylon Jennings.
At first, it's kind of tough to tell that he is singing "Suspicious Minds." Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist totally put its own twist on the original Elvis Presley tune. Then again, the show made this song relatable to a new generation which gives them the opportunity to research the original song.
I know some reading this may not be a fan of this pop-rock version, however it at least exposes younger people to the classic music baby boomers and “Gen X” individuals grew up listening to on the radio.