The Mentalist

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to compose source music for some scenes of the CBS TV show, The Mentalist. Source music is music that would occur naturally within the setting of a scene, unlike the soundtrack which is part of the overall fabric of the show and created by the show’s composer. Now while most of the cues that I wrote were pretty much buried under the action and dialogue and even I could barely hear it, there was one piece I wrote that was featured because it was a clue; so for a brief few seconds in that episode my little country/rock piece was the only thing heard. As it turns out, there are quite a few people out there that heard that little snippet and loved it and wanted to hear the whole song. I even had someone from France actually track me down and send me an email about it. Recently, someone created a YouTube video of the scene with the title, What’s The Name Of This Song? And someone found me on Facebook to let me know about it.

The episode, btw, is "
Cherry Picked” Season 05, Episode 06.

The “song" I wrote was just a cue, 22 seconds in length of which they used about 11…But, on receiving that kind of enthusiastic response from a few thousand people that only heard a few bars of the tune, I resolved to create a
full length (2:38) version. I had to dig deep into my early country rock roots (I did grow up in Salinas, CA after all), to flesh out the tune. I played some mandolin and added a banjo part that I performed on a ukulele, and borrowed a friend’s Telecaster so my Chickin’ Pickin’ would ring like a bell. Once I’d recorded all the tracks I called my friend (top notch recording engineer and owner of said Telecaster) Jesse DeCarlo and we mixed it together.

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