Today’s cuppa: Barry’s Gold Blend tea

This syndicated feature appears in print next week, but a shorter version is already posted over at, so I thought I’d give my Cuppers the full shot!

(And, either later tonight or tomorrow morning, depending on how sleepy I am, I will be recapping tonight’s new “Supernatural.”)

Supernatural_Jensen_Ackles_Jared_Padalecki_weapons.jpgOn The CW’s
Thursday drama “Supernatural,” demon-hunting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester
(Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) travel the highways and byways of America
in a 1967 Chevy Impala.


Now what
sort of music would one play while driving such a car? Somehow Beyonce, Lady
, Jay-Z and Miley Cyrus just don’t cut it.


If you’re
hunting ghosts, ghouls, zombies and even the devil himself in a classic muscle
car, you need some classic muscular rock ‘n’ roll, and that’s just what
“Supernatural” delivers.


Christopher Lennertz and Jay Gruska create the show’s original score, while
music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas is in charge of picking the pop songs.


Calling in
on her way to the Coachella music festival, Patsavas says, “When I got hired
for ‘Supernatural,’ I had an extensive conversation with the executive
producers about the music on the show. They knew from the beginning that they
wanted it to be their very favorite, iconic popular rock songs from the ’70s
and ’80s, but mostly from the ’70s.


“It has a
very road-trip flavor. Aerosmith and Blue Oyster Cult, those are the kinds of
bands that we use on the show.”


example, here’s a sampling of songs from the current season, the show’s fifth:
“Thunderstruck” (AC/DC), “Long, Long Way From Home” (Foreigner), “Spirit in the
(Norman Greenbaum), “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (the Who) and the theme from
“Knight Rider.”


8-track classic bands featured include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Rush,
Metallica, the Rolling Stones, Iron Butterfly, Bachman-Turner Overdrive,
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ted Nugent, Three Dog Night, Journey and REO


Some rock
anthems have become integral to the show, such as Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t
Fear the Reaper”
(not hard to guess why) and especially Kansas“Carry On Wayward Son.”


It’s easy
to see how a song that opens with the lyrics “Carry on, my wayward son;
there’ll be peace when you are done” could apply to a pair of brothers with
serious father issues on a seemingly endless quest to save the world from evil


“A definite
favorite of the executives,” says Patsavas, “and a song that we actually use
for all
Supernatural-Jared-Padalecki-Jensen-Ackles-2.jpg of our season recaps.”


While the
show’s two leads – Ackles (in picture, at right) was born in 1978 and Padalecki (in picture, at left) in 1982 – are probably
too young to have grown up on many of these songs, Patsavas doesn’t see that as
a problem.


probably before the time of much of the audience,” she says, “which is perhaps
why they’ve responded so well to it, because maybe it’s the first time they’re
hearing these songs.

“I actually
think the actors probably feel really good about it, since it’s exactly what
their characters would be listening to.”


the composers don’t get to pick the pop tunes, they do get to hear them, and
they do have opinions.


By e-mail,
Lennertz answered a few questions about the “Supernatural” songbook:


Q: What songs and/or bands have
elicited the most response from viewers?


A: “Definitely ‘Carry On My Wayward
Son’ by Kansas.
All of the AC/DC tracks have been big hits.”


Q: Has doing this job made you a fan
of any bands or songs you weren’t an admirer of before?


A: “Have a huge newfound respect for
both Kansas
and Blue Oyster Cult.”


Q: What songs would you like for the
show but still haven’t been able to use?


A: “Led Zeppelin would be perfect,
but they will not license.”


Q: What personal favorites would you
like to hear on the show?


A: ” ‘Stone in Love’ by Journey,
‘Fade to Black’ by Metallica, ‘Running With the Devil’ by Van Halen.”


As to how
Patsavas has enjoyed her own immersion in ’70s and ’80s rock ‘n’ roll, she
says, “I’m from Chicago,
so I’m a Cheap Trick fan from way back. It’s music everybody’s familiar with,
whether we’re conscious of that or not. This music really strikes a chord with
‘Supernatural’ fans, because it’s music they recognize.”

Posted by:Kate O'Hare