The Music Behind Ted Lasso at GRAMMY Museum – Surprise Performance w/ Sam Ryder & Hannah Waddingham

Following a screening of “Ted Lasso” Season 3 Episode 11 featuring the original song, “Fought & Lost”, the audience enjoyed a Q&A and a live performance. Here are excerpts from the conversations…

Quotes from the Q&A Panel:

Sam Ryder

“You know that feeling where there’s something else at play? You’re very lucky if you tap into it in that moment. The final vocal was like a patchwork quilt, done in many different studios.”

“I think for me, to keep things fresh, it comes back to gratitude and reminding yourself how fortunate you are. If your spark is music, you’ve hit the jackpot.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 07: Sam Ryder and Hannah Waddingham perform during The Music Behind Ted Lasso at The GRAMMY Museum on June 07, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Composer Tom Howe

“In many ways, it’s easier composing the score in the last  season because you’ve got lots of thematic material built up over the last 2 seasons. It’s easier when you’ve been on a show for a long time. After you’ve gone through one season, two seasons, and you’re on the third season, there’s a familiarity and level of trust.”

“I love it, I don’t think I would be any good at writing music without something to inspire, like a picture or story. I’m also a people pleaser, so if someone wants me to solve a problem, I want to solve it for them. Working on the show felt like a family.”

“One of the things that I’ve noticed over the many years is that if you just record things and do a demo, it probably is not going to be enough and you end up adding things to it. If you get a really good instrument, it can be enough on its own.”

“We’re all learning, there’s always something new to learn and that keeps it exciting. There’s always something you can do better. I like the idea of keeping that positive energy.”

“You try to make the music not take away from the story. It is there to be a supportive character. I think it works best in comedy when the music is honest.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 07: (L-R) Tony Von Pervieux, Sam Ryder, Tom Howe, Hannah Waddingham, Rita George and Paul Costabile attend The Music Behind Ted Lasso at The GRAMMY Museum on June 07, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Music Supervisor Tony Von Pervieux

“My job is to go after these songs. Ideally what I’m doing is reading through the script, making sure those songs are clearable, and if there’s any issue I bring it up and pitch other ideas. We wanted to create a score that really enhances and brings the emotion from your audience. The second version [of Fought & Lost] was a beautiful body of work.”

“It’s been relatively easy working on a show that has meaning to it. it’s not just a comedy, and it has something for everyone. It’s fun to watch these episodes with friends, and you become a fan watching as well.”

“The one thing is just being authentic to who you are, don’t copy people, it’s not worth it. Never give up. I see a lot of artists struggling. Be authentic and do it for yourself.”

“A lot of the time the song works for the scene, but isn’t put in correctly.”

“The ability to think up music, creating music on the spot, it’s so brilliant.”

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Recording Academy™/Photo by Timothy Norris, Getty Images© 2023

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