Bye bye, Lil’ Sebastian

parks and rec season 7

To quote Andy Dwyer, Parks and Rec was my Verizon Chipotle Exxon. The seventh and final season ended last Tuesday, and now I have an empty hole in my Tuesday nights. While I’m a little bitter about how this last season was handled (only 13 episodes over two months, NBC? Really?), there were some really great musical moments that truly captured the essence of Parks and Rec, which I’m going to highlight here.

1) The most touching use of music in the seventh season without a doubt goes to “Buddy” by Willie Nelson. There are currently no videos available of the actual song in the show, so here’s a fan video:


ron and leslie friendship

“Buddy” is the background music to Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope’s reconciliation. After years of fighting and essentially hating each other, the two made up and viewers were given a lovely montage of their friendship re-blossoming. We already know Ron has a love of Willie Nelson, making this choice all the more perfect.

After we were already emotionally wrecked by this beautiful friendship, Parks and Rec threw another curveball during the finale when we see a flash-forward of Ron in the future. Leslie has given him the position of running Pawnee National Park, and as he happily paddles across the lake in his canoe, “Buddy” plays again, effectively making viewers cry all over again at Ron Swanson’s perfect ending.

Crying is acceptable and funerals and the Grand Canyon. And the Parks and Rec series finale.

ron swanson wisdom

For more poetic gems of wisdom from Ron Swanson, visit this link.

leslie ron talking

2) After that touching tribute, I’m going to lighten things up a bit. During Ron and Leslie’s spat, in her usual Leslie Knope way, Leslie tries everything she can to get Ron to stop giving her the cold shoulder. He refuses, until she pulls out a boombox (in true ’00s fashion) and an old CD containing song selections by all the parks employees. Jerry picked “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel (dammit, Jerry).

I can’t embed the actual Parks and Rec video into this post, so once again, here’s the original:

Now, I HIGHLY recommend watching Leslie’s version here. You will never hear “We Didn’t Start the Fire” the same again. Plus, Duke Silver makes an appearance.
parks and rec we didn't start the fire
^ what you’re missing out on if you don’t watch ^
3) This song was and always will be my anthem. “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain made it into Parks and Rec twice through the cassette player of a janitor. Here’s the first instance:
 The second was included in the same episode where Ron and Leslie make up, as they try to get the attention of the same janitor who can’t hear them because he’s too busy jamming out to Shania Twain (justified). I basically had to feature this one because 1) SHANIA TWAIN IS GOING ON TOUR AGAIN and 2) who doesn’t love it when men love “Man! I Feel Like a Woman?”
To wrap things up, I leave you with the Mouserat anthem, “5000 Candles in the Wind.” Peace.
ron swanson fist
NOTE: I’m taking a brief, week-long hiatus from Reel vs. Record because I’m going on vacation! I’ll be back on March 19, hopefully tan and well-rested. 🙂
NOTE 2: Please excuse the random periods. WordPress is being extremely glitchy with spaces today, so for right now this is my solution. Have a lovely week!

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