Depending on what you enjoy on the small screen, the new HBO series We Are Who We Are is likely to end up being one of the best or more blah releases of the year.
With just one episode currently out, I am reserving judgment, but it is holding my attention.
One thing I am not refusing to decide upon, however, is that song that played over the end credits — John Adams’ ‘Three Weeks and I’m Still Outta My Mind‘ from We Are Who We Are, Season 1, Episode 1, “Right here, right now” — a song that is deceptively upbeat and happy.
Just like some of the scenes in the new HBO series.
John Adams’ ‘Three Weeks and I’m Still Outta My Mind‘ is from his 1998 album I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, and it’s a song that’s all over the place.
A melody that’s hard to get a hold of, parts that sound off key and, overall, a bit of a rambling, uneasy mess.
That being said, like We Are Who We Are, it does hold your attention.
Adams’ album I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky is, what he calls, a ‘song play’ about events after the 1994 Los Angeles’ earthquake. The ‘play’ features a number of different characters.
The voices and music on the album come from a number of artists including Martina Muhlpointner, Kimako Xavier Trotman and Markus Alexander Neisser along with the Young Opera Company Freiburg, The Band of Holst-Sinfonietta and Klaus Simon.
It was recorded in Freiburg, Germany and in my neck of the woods — Vienna, Austria.
After a quick listen through it though, little grabbed me for more than a few seconds and most did nothing but annoy. You may feel differently.
Listen to John Adams’ ‘Three Weeks and I’m Still Outta My Mind‘ from We Are Who We Are and, if you enjoy his style on this piece, you can also hear the album it came from in full below.
For me, while I generally enjoy much of what Adams’ creates, on this I think I’ll be moving on.
The new teen drama We Are Who We Are is currently streaming on HBO. Check out the trailer for the series below.
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