Saturday, June 26, 2010

Music: Jen Titus "Oh Death"

I don't often mention music here but there are some songs that just beg and plead to be mentioned.  One of those songs is O Death as performed by Jen Titus.

For fans of the mega-fantastic series Supernatural on the CW network this song has become a favorite.  Not only is the song amazingly appropriate for the series (and especially the episode and scene it appeared in) the song itself is phenomenal.

O Death is an old spiritual that was most recently heard in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou.  Chris Donovan, the senior VP and creative executive at the CW network, thought the song would be perfect to use in the advertising campaign for the fifth season of Supernatural.  However, he wanted something fresh, not the old recording of the song.

Enter Jennifer (Jen) Titus, an on-air promotions executive for the CW and someone known amongst her network colleagues for her singing ability.  Titus did a quick demo of the song on her iPhone.  Chris Donovan loved her version and, after making a few tweaks to the lyrics, he sent Jen Titus into the studio to record a polished version.  CW staffers performed background vocals and Leonard Richardson, the CW's music executive mixed the track.

Thus, was born the hypnotic and hauntingly beautiful theme for the fifth season of Supernatural.  The song appears in the promos for the fifth season as well as in the episode Two Minutes to Midnight.  Jennifer Titus has a gorgeous voice that makes this song even more ethereal and captivating.  Yes, the song is about death but it's impossible not to listen to this song and not be completely mesmerized by Titus' amazing voice and the striking presentation.

The song used to be available as a download on the CW's official web site, but, unfortunately, I cannot find it there any longer.

Oh, Death...Oh Death...Oh Death...
Won't you spare me over another year
But what is this, that I can't see
with ice cold hands takin' hold of me
When God is gone and the Devil takes hold
who will have mercy on your soul
Oh, Death...Oh Death...Oh Death...
No wealth, no ruin, no silver, no gold
Nothing satisfies me but your soul
Oh, Death,
Well, I am Death, none can excel,
I'll open the door to heaven or hell.
Oh, Death...Oh Death,
My name is Death and the end ïs here...

The song is in the background in the official Supernatural season 5 trailer presented by the CW Network on their myspace page:

Supernatural Trailer - O Death

CW Network - Supernatural | MySpace Music Videos

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