has done it again. The producer who introduced Death Cab for Cutie to millions of 16-year-olds via The O.C. is still out there sewing the seeds of musical variety through his CW hit Gossip Girl. Thanks to his many projects like Chuck and GG, Schwartz has effectively transformed himself into the musical tastemaker of a generation. From Rihanna to Elliot Smith, Kings of Leon to Siouxsie and the Banshees, there seems little rhyme or reason to his picks, except how well they fit his grand cinematic moments.
And there are many such Victor Fleming-esque moments. Despite its fluff, Gossip Girl
has all the trappings of a classic. There's a reason references to
Shakespeare, Edith Wharton and Jane Austin pop up constantly; the
Chuck-Blair-Dan-Serena-Nate plotlines go way back. Take this one: boy
is socially inferior to girl and works his way to the top for her
attention. Thank you, Mr. Dickens. Or how about this one: tortured
narcissist falls for free spirit, but she wants to play it safe with
the neighbor-boy next door. A nod to Ms. Bronte. This is the
class-embroiled stuff the greats are made of, and though GG's brand of social commentary might be more suited to The View than New York Times, it
makes for a damn fine soap. With maestro Schwartz at the helm, we're
sure to get a symphony that befits such an epic. In honor of the spin-off pilot, "Valley Girls" airing tonight, and the upcoming GG finale, here are some of the musical moments from the Upper East Side that sweep us off our feet.
1. Peter Bjorn and John's "Young Folks" in Pilot