It's no secret on the Soundcheck team that both my co-producer Gretta and I followed (okay, obsessively followed) this summer's season of The Bachelorette. It became a bit of a routine: every Tuesday morning, we'd go over our reactions to the previous night's emotionally fraught episode, while our boss Joel pretended not to notice that his only two direct-reports were animatedly discussing a reality dating show. (Poor Joel.) But this past Sunday during the show's finale, our dual interests in music and The Bachelorette magically aligned: to the tune of Peter Cetera's "The Glory of Love."
In case you're not a Bachelorette fanatic, let me set the scene for you: Jef, pompadoured eligible bachelor contestant, has just proposed to Emily, formerly-heartbroken single mom bachelorette. She accepts his proposal (we weren't sure she would!), and they kiss. And then, a montage of the couple's several week-old relationship begins (start at 1:27) - accompanied by the synthesizered-up, shoulder-padded notes of the former Chicago member's 1986 ballad.
At this point, I spit my water all over my living room in a mixture of horror and hilarity. What WAS this song? Why did I sort of recognize it? And why on earth was it playing in 2012 on national television?
My first two questions were quickly answered by an internet search. Twitter lit up with comments like "BREAKING: The Bachelorette is using Peter Cetera's 'Glory of Love' in a montage, UNIRONICALLY" and "Gotta say I've always wanted to see a montage to that song. I'm literally ROFLing!" A YouTube search reminded me that as a youngster I'd heard the song in the blockbuster Karate Kid II (hence the dojo in the music video).
But my biggest question - why the show would choose to play this piece immediately following the emotional climax of the entire season - still remained. Until last night, when I got an email from Mike Fleiss, creator/Executive Producer of The Bachelorette.
“Our network executive at ABC and I share a passion for classic rock. On many nights, I bring my guitar into the control room and we jam/irritate the crew, playing songs by Foreigner, Jethro Tull, Night Ranger and Chicago. Rob (Mills) suggested Glory of Love for the closing montage. It cost us a lot of money to clear the song, but it was well worth it!!!”
How much they paid, we'll never be sure. But sometimes, even when the price is steep, it's all worth it for the glory of love. And an epic electric piano solo.