NOT spoiler-free || previously gemmateller
partners in crime
flew my broomstick into a brick wall
Katey Sagal on The Queen Latifah Show (October 2014)
Sons of Anarchy house band the Forest Rangers have been known to kick it old-school: Last month, they unveiled their scorching cover of blues classic “Baby, Please Don’t Go” for the Season Seven episode “Poor Little Lambs.” But for this week’s installment, “Greensleeves,” the eclectic group went even further back, reworking the titular English folk ballad into a brooding textural epic.
”Greensleeves stirred my heart anew / Greensleeves caught my eye of blue,” sings the show’s star Katey Sagal over drifting acoustic guitars, cello and keyboards. The show’s musical supervisor, Bob Thiele, told Rolling Stone that it was “challenging” trying to recreate “arguably one of the great melodies in all of history.”
"It’s happy and hopeful at Christmas time, but that’s obviously not what we are looking for here in Charming, much as we wish that were the case," he says. "Traditionally, ‘Greensleeves’ is in 6/8 time, which suggests a joyful and/or serene mood. So the first thing I did was deconstruct the rhythm, playing it in quarter time, and change harmonic structure to minor as opposed to major in order to get us to the dark side!"
The song is utilized during a montage in the episode, wherein “there’s so much to grieve… and in so many of our montages, there are no words spoken. Only the music and the voice.” All the technicalities fade, Thiele says, “once Katey Sagal opens her mouth.”
"Once again, she brings her elegant beauty and grace to our soundtrack," he continues. "Katey has consistently provided some wonderful renditions of songs from all over the musical spectrum showing her incredible diversity and range. Whether it be ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ or ‘Ruby Tuesday,’ ‘Strange Fruit’ or ‘To Sir With Love,’ Katey’s artistic intuition has propelled the drama in ways that words could not."
"So she’s not evil like Gemma, but she’s got her strength in spades." - Drea de Matteo talking about Katey 😭😍 [x]
Katey Sagal will be on The Queen Latifah Show on Monday, Oct 20
Q: How was shooting with Katey?
LEA: Amazing. She’s also been on Glee, so it was fun to get to do her show. But I had to keep reminding myself that she wasn’t her character. I’m literally so terrified of Gemma. I couldn’t believe I was sitting next to her. I was like, Lea, remember, you’re on a TV show, too. The character is so iconic. She’s a really fucking scary character, but Katey is so wonderful, and she made me feel so welcome and a part of the cast. Coming into a show that’s been running for such a long time, people have their processes and routines — and we’re like that at Glee — so it was really nice that she made me feel so comfortable there.
Gemma Teller Morrow in 7.04 - “Poor Little Lambs”
(I obviously watch Sons of Anarchy for the riveting plot 👀)
"I’ve seen nearly every episode of Futurama. I love Futurama, so I know how great Katey Sagal is as a voice actor. But the part of Leela rarely allowed her to cut loose as she does here as Mordecai’s mom, and it’s incredible. Every single time I think there’s no way for Sagal to make her performance bigger or more outlandish, she finds a way to push further, but she never loses sight of the character underneath. Mordecai’s mom doesn’t act that way because she’s some silly caricature; she acts that way because she genuinely loves everything about her son and just wants him to be happy, even if she’s sometimes a bit oblivious about the details. Sagal suffuses even the most over-the-top aspects of her performance—I mean, she does yell about her butt at one point in an effort to get teenage Mordecai dancing—with that love, and that’s why she’s eventually able to downshift for the quieter scene in which she asks Mordecai if she embarrasses him. There are so many reasons to love this episode, but Sagal is worth the price of admission all by herself. Here’s hoping this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Mordecai’s parents.” - AV CLUB RECAP: “Regular Show 6.01 - Maxin and Relaxin”