About a year ago I wrote a blog post about a little song called Adagio in D Minor. The song is by John Murphy, and was originally used in the 2007 sci-fi film by Danny Boyle’ Sunshine. The movie fell into relative obscurity, but the song…to use the immortal words of Lil’ B, it done come up.
Most recently, it was used in the X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer. It’s the sort of song that makes anything sound epic, and it’s a arguably little classier than the infamous Requiem for a Tower theme that found its way into so many trailers in the late 2000s, so it’s easy to see why it’s taken off.
But nowadays the song that was first used to score a scene in which the last survivor of a heroic crew staggers to the airlock and hurls himself into the surface of the sun in a last-ditch self-sacrifice to save humanity is also getting used in…perfume commercials? Samsung TV commercials? Overkill, much?
I feel that someone with a very symbolic mind could find in that a parable about the nature of modern society or the nature of mankind. We took a song that was supposed to symbolize awe and heroism and used it to sell things. Lots of things. And by the time I finish writing this post I am sure there will be three new comments in my inbox describing new places this song has cropped up. It can’t be stopped.