“How to Save a Life” from Grey’s Anatomy

Musical Theatre Friday #3

How to Save a Life performed on “Grey’s Anatomy”
Written By Isaac Slade and Joe King; Performed by Kevin McKidd, Kim Raver, Ellen Pompeo, Eric Dane, Chyler Leigh, Jessica Capshaw, Sara Ramirez, Chandra Wilson, Sarah Drew, and Justin Chambers.

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While this might be an un-traditional choice for Musical Theatre Friday, this number has been rattling through my head while I watched the show — and even started re-watching it. Ultimately, I thought that it lived up to the ideals of MTFriday, even if it isn’t actually from a musical. It’s a wonderful moment of music blended with drama that spoke to me profoundly.

How to Save a Life is one of those songs that’s been stuck in my conscious since I was in high school, a perpetual earworm that I, someone who’s been battling depression for as long as I can remember, just clung to. It’s just one of those anthems that resonated with me, heart and soul, one of those songs that’s written itself on the back of my eyelids.

It wasn’t until I really did some digging that I realized that the song went viral, so to speak, when it played during an episode of Grey’s Anatomy in Season 2. The show always seems to have a great taste in music; it’s also responsible for bringing the lovely Ingrid Michaelson to prominence. (I plan on writing an Ingrid Michaelson jukebox musical, but that’s a story for another day). It just seems really nice for the actors to step out of their comfort zones — except, perhaps, Sara Ramirez, a bona fide Broadway star — and try something new.

Musical Theatre Friday is Janet Miller’s brainchild. I’m just continuing the tradition.

Zach J. Payne is a poet, novelist, and thespian; a lover of languages and purveyor of useless knowledge. He is an assistant at Ninja Writers and interns for Pam Howell at D4EO Literary Agency. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram at ZachJPayne. If you enjoyed this article, please click the little green heart.