Sometimes it’s impossible to separate a song from the context in which you first heard it. In this case, it was soundtracking the most moving scene of season 2 of the Amazon TV series Transparent. If you haven’t seen the show yet you must. Moving, hilarious, intelligent (on issues of sexuality and gender especially), it achieves the not inconsiderable feat of making you truly care about a group of characters who are in many ways unlikeable. Most of all, it is a show about people more than events. No shootings, no dragons, no tie-ins to already existing shows, or films or products. The kind of show that rarely gets made nowadays. Watch it.
I won’t go into detail about the scene that this remix of Alice Boman’s ‘Waiting’ soundtracks (to avoid spoilers). I’ll just say that the simple, haunting melody and the sparse piano and electronic backing fit it perfectly, and I’ll always think of the scene when I hear this song. Would be interested to know if those of you who haven’t seen the show appreciate the sing as much. Let me know in the comments.