Thursday, February 21, 2013
*Treme's* Sonny Went To *Nashville!*
And Nashville took him to their heart, as bad-boy music producer Liam McGuinnis.
Knowing Nashville as I used to know the town and the people who made it there, one way and another,, somehow, this seems the perfect trajectory for Sonny the musician -- if he isn't going to be Sonny the Gulf Environmental Activist. :) Which is what I've been going for ....
The funny thing is a while back I was trying to explain to el V that Simon and Co.'s influence upon television, while hardly ever given the visible awards such emmys and so on, are seen all over. Nashville was, I said (without having watched it yet -- had just read articles about it and re-caps ), taking a central theme of Treme and making it safe for white people. Make it music (though in Treme, it's all of the culture that music holds together) and making it specific to a place. Simon and Co., and his mentors, have been doing the culture specific to place, since Homicide. But they don't get credit for it, just like with Deadwood's attitude for language, which you see that oratorical rhetoric showing up everywhere these days from Justified to BBC America's Copper, doesn't get ur-credit, just cheaper rip-offs.
Nashville, centering the most white music there is, and situating it in this totally White Music City, that is the most nostalgic status quo conservative music there is (it's been decades since there was any edge in Country -- and when there was I loved it -- I grew up with Country). And it's all about who makes it and who doesn't, loaded with more graphic sex and more sex, and all white people. Did I mention white people?
And that's where Sonny went. Though it does seem perfect, I never thought that of him. My respect for his respect for the music of New Orleans was higher than that. p)
This is what matters: people / actors who work in a David Simon production keep getting work. I see these actors everywhere, just starting with The Good Wife.. They get good resume and great training.
Even more to the point, without Treme there would never have been a Nashville.