Every so often, a song comes along that becomes the darling of every film and television scorer, advertising music supervisor, and Starbucks/Gap playlist mixer. A few years ago, that tune was "Such Great Heights" (both the peppy Postal Service version and its mellower Iron & Wine counterpart). It popped up on the "Garden State" soundtrack. It accompanied "Grey's Anatomy" promos. I drank lattes to it. In short, it was everywhere. And now it seems a new song has emerged to seal the "used and abused" title for 2009: Erin McCarley's "Love, Save the Empty."
This first time I heard this little ditty was on the "There's No 'I' in Team" episode of "Grey's Anatomy," during a saucy Callie/Dr. Hahn makeout session. Next it became the unofficial anthem for Ginnifer Goodwin, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, and the other lonely ladies of "He's Just Not That Into You." And I was OK with that. But now it's popping up on commercials for Jada Pinkett-Smith's new medical drama "Hawthorne," and that's where I draw the line.
Now listen, I bear no ill will against this sweet ditty. In fact, I even contemplated downloading it from iTunes not that long ago. But it has reached its saturation point, and frankly, I'm not sure how lyrics like "Face down on top of your bed/Oh, why did I give it up to you?" fit with a TV show about nurses (and I don't want to know...). So I implore you music overlords of the world, please give this lovely number a rest. Because the next time I have to shop for khakis and polo shirts to the strains of this song, I will drop my purchases and run for J.Crew.
Is it just me, or have you heard this song everywhere, too? And what would be a better commercial song for "Hawthorne"?