Chasing Inspiration

Friday, March 13, 2009

Soundtrack Friday

There are songs out there that get the blood pumping and bring people together under it's spell. You know these songs. They are the theme of the underdog or the action hero in movies. They are the songs that are played ad naseum at sporting events. Often overplayed, they can become caricature of themselves, no longer holding the power to motivate and move us in the manner they were created.

Eye of the Tiger is one such song. An 80s anthem, this song represented the underdog. And represented him well. Sylvester Stallone requested this song be written for Rocky III and the musical group, Survivor, rose to the challenge, delivering a song that not only had that driving beat that got us worked up on behalf of the protagonist, but was also catchy enough that it became the anthem of everyman. And even though this song has been played into the ground, it remains a song that almost everyone can sing along to because of the simple and clear lyrics and the distinctive rhythms and melody.

Eye of the Tiger was featured briefly on an episode of Supernatural, one of my favorite tv shows. Fortunately, hijinks ensued during the taping of the show, as reported by TV Guide.

At one point during this week's episode of the CW's Supernatural, "Yellow Fever," Dean is waiting for Sam in the Impala. As Sam approaches, he discovers his bro reclined in the front seat with his eyes closed, air-drumming and lip-synching to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger."

Jared Padalecki's cue to costar Jensen Ackles was to tap on the roof of the car, interrupting Dean's jam session. But for one take, Jared had this thought: What if I didn't give the cue? What would Jensen do?

This video answers that question. Or at least starts to. While this sneak peek will more than entertain you, be prepared to get the entire 90-second version — featuring even more impromptu behavior — as a coda to this week's episode. Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9 pm/ET, on the CW.

Now, you've likely seen this video. For a time, there was no where one could escape. But Jensen Ackles is so darn adorable when he lip syncs this 80s hit that, well, I couldn't resist.

So I give you, Eye of The Tiger, Jensen Ackles style! Unfortunately, you'll have to hop over to YouTube to view it, but it's oh so worth it!

And for those of you who are Survivor purists, enjoy this embedded video of the orginal band singing their hit single.

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