Thursday, May 24, 2012

Warren Zevon: Keep Me In Your Heart For A While

“House, M.D.” had its series finale this past Monday. The show started in 2004 and chronicled the lives of Dr. Gregory House, his teams, his loves, and his friend Dr. James Wilson. It was a fitting end to the show and the ending ranked as one of the best for a series finale. Towards the end, House, the doctor you loved to hate, appears to have died and his funeral is attended by those who knew him best.

While all of the main and semi-main characters had an opportunity to speak positively about House, his best friend, Wilson, tells it like it is. Surrounding the funeral scene is a fitting song. The final cut on Warren Zevon’s final album “The Wind.” “Keep Me in Your Heart for a While” was written and recorded by Zevon and Jorge Calderón during the time Zevon was dying of pleural mesothelioma. The album was released only two weeks prior to his death.

“Keep Me in Your Heart for a While” is a bittersweet song of goodbye and hope wrapped into one. It was nominated for two Grammy awards – Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male. The album won Best Contemporary Folk Album and the song “Disorder in the House,” which had two nominations, won Best Rock Vocal Performance – Duo or Group. The song was sung with Bruce Springsteen.

It was a fitting song to be one of the two final cuts on House, M.D. Next week, I’ll feature the other.

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