By Lisa and Liv | May 4, 2011
After Ellen snagged an interview with Brandi Carlile, who’s epic ballad “The Story” got many people crying out for Sara Ramirez to win an Emmy for her rendition on the Musical Event. Brandi weighs in on her thoughts on Sara’s performance and what got her a little upset over some things that Sara said.. or neglected to say.
There aren’t any spoilers, as Brandi appears to avoid them herself.
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AE: Shifting gears a bit, Grey’s Anatomy has always featured a lot of your music.
BC: That show has been incredibly instrumental, so to speak, throughout the course of our careers. I think we’ve had like nine songs on that show. Some of them we wrote or recorded or constructed just for the show. I mean that’s how involved I’ve gotten in it. I really love that television show.
AE: Did you see the musical episode? What did you think of Sara Ramirez’s take on “The Story”?
BC: I did see it. I get such a kick out of hearing people sing my songs. It makes me so happy to think that somebody else would care enough about something that I wrote or something that I sang to cover it. I think she’s a hell of a singer; probably the best singer ever to do the song that I’ve seen as far as covers go. As a fan of the show, it definitely was a huge moment. I was overwhelmed at the opportunity to have been a part of it.
AE: With Sara and “The Story,” how did you first find out?
BC: The people from the show told me that it was going to happen. I was super excited about it. I saw all the things that she did with it. She’s probably my favorite character on Grey’s Anatomy. The only thing about the whole thing that kind of made me so sad is that of course I watched every version of it that she did on, like, Good Morning America. She always said that she was doing a song by (bassist) Philip Hanseroth.
It’s kind of sad but I got over it. The only reason it is sad is because I do enjoy the show so much and her character particularly. Maybe if she does it again sometime she’ll represent. If there’s one thing about people covering “The Story” that I’ve always wanted to hear it’s that nobody goes for it at the end. They always just kind of go back to the first version. She really went for it and she nailed it. So, I’m really happy.
AE: What did you think of the song being used in such an instrumental part of a lesbian story line, especially leading up to Callie and Arizona’s wedding?
BC: It made me so proud. That’s a powerful song. That’s a powerful subject matter that they’re dealing with. Like I said, when they said that they were going to use the song on that show, I intentionally didn’t read the script about where the song was going to be placed because I didn’t want to know what happens. I watch that show every week. I’m following that story line and I was just really kind of excited to be a part of it.
That’s subject matter that we’re dealing with all the time in our community. All the parental stuff and the stuff around (gay) marriage and civil unions. That’s relevant and that show’s tackling it and I’m just impressed as hell that they are.
AE: The big wedding episode is coming up May 5, so hopefully we’ll see more.
BC: If you know anything about it don’t tell me. May 5 is the day I leave for tour, dammit!
AE: Maybe Sara can send you a screener.
BC: Yeah. Maybe. I’ll tell you what. If I ever come to L.A., maybe I’ll ask her to come out and do it as a duet with me. Wouldn’t that be so fun?
Check out the rest of the interview at After Ellen. You can get there via the Source Link above.
I was thinking back over it and yeah, Sara did mention Philip Hanseroth way more than Brandi. I can see why she’d be a little upset. But Sara was crediting the writer, not the artist. Maybe she could have mentioned both? But then it was being done on her EP, maybe mentioning another artist wasn’t what Sara wanted when trying to get her EP out there. Who knows.