One of my most anticipated upcoming series is FX's 'The Bridge,' which stars Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir as detectives working on different sides of the American-Mexican border near El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico. The detectives are trying to track down a serial killer who is killing people on both sides of the border.
FX is bringing out the big guns for this series and has landed the Oscar and Grammy-award winning Ryan Bingham to write the main theme song for 'The Bridge.' This will be the first music he has done for TV or film since his successful work on 'Crazy Heart,' for which his song "The Weary Kind" won the Academy Award, as well as a Golden Globe.
Bingham says he was excited to come up with a style that captured the distinct feeling of that region.
“I was trying to capture that Tex-Mex border vibe,” Bingham said. “Corridos, Mexican folk music -- that was the first stuff I learned when I was starting. I went for a classical guitar-mariachi sound, just something lonesome to reflect the culture. I had the idea of writing a love song about the back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico and bridging them together. I worked at this conflict to create a message of peace and tranquility.”
The show, which debuts July 10, is going to use a lot of music during its run, with three or four songs included each episode in addition to the main score composed by Sean Pierce.
Bingham's theme will not be his only work on the show, as his song "Junky Star" will be appearing in the premiere. From then on, the show intends to use Spanish-language music for the scenes in Mexico, and country for those taking place in the United States.
The show is currently filming the eighth episode of its 13-show first season. Are you as excited for 'The Bridge' as I am?