Shameless plug alert: Hooshere Bezdikian's 'Kele Lao' on 'Life'

By now, you’ve probably gotten used to my shameless plugs for Jody Watley, Ugly Betty, and Fantasia Barrino, but today, I wanted to call your attention to a musical artist who’s near and dear to all of us here at PopWatch: Hooshere Bezdikian, executive producer for

Hooshere’s song "Kele Lao" (an ancient Armenian folk song that she completely revamped/recreated for her Provenance CD) was recently featured in a pivotal scene of NBC’s drama Life. (Unfortunately, the producers used a different song for the version that aired Nov. 7 on NBC, but swapped in Hooshere’s track for the online version; it’ll also be on the Life season-one DVD, when that presumably hits stores next year.) Anyhow, in the episode, a Persian drug dealer gets kidnapped, and his captors want access to his records, which can only be retrieved by reaching the tenth level of a complicated video game. When Charlie (Damian Lewis) and his team fail to crack the game, they turn to the dealer’s sister for help. Only problem? In order to help the cops save her brother’s life, she’ll have to implicate him as a narcotics dealer.

Hooshere, who didn’t find out her song had been licensed until after the episode aired, said it was like "an out-of-body experience" when she realized the show’s producers hadn’t just run a snippet of "Kele Lao," but instead let it run for almost 110 seconds. I realize we’re all a little biased — without Hooshere, PopWatch would still be running on the power of 10 hamsters and a mid-sized wheel — but nonetheless, I thought it was worth showing off the pivotal Life scene and letting you all hear "Kele Lao" for yourselves. Enjoy, and congrats to Hooshere!

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  • Nick

    Looks like a pivotal moment in the episode. The sond is haunting, really cool.

  • CV

    Life is a fantastic show and this was a great episode.

  • lala1215

    Love this show and this ep was a great one- congrats H!

  • Jenna Von Oy

    Nice moody song…didn’t know whether to feel relaxed or tense!

  • Jo

    So…that’s “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time,” with some form of a “level” concept added to it, yes?

  • Scot

    This article was possibly the most boring thing I’ve read in years. Say you’re interested in this like, a year from now, what are you going to look up? That stupid headline? “Shameless plug alert: Hooshere Bezdikian’s ‘Kele Lao’ on ‘Life’ ”
    This kind of crap writing will ruin Popwatch forever. I have NO IDEA what the auther is writing about. It’s not pop. It’s just pure junk. Is it about a song, a CD, a show? I really cannot even figure out how it’s a “shameless plug.” I just don’t care about this post. I guess I care enought to rant, but I’m just sick of Popwatch right now. Nothing new. Nothing at all.
    Whatever happened to Popwatch Headscratchers? At least that engaged us for a weekend.

  • Nick

    Wow, Scot. If you read it, instead of trying to figure it out from the headline, you’d see that the article is about a song that appeared on NBC’s Life. It’s a shameless plug because the song was performed by the Exec. Producer of the very site where PopWatch lives.
    That doesn’t seem too complicated.

  • Dio_K

    Hooshere, that was beautiful. Thank you & Congrats!

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  • WWWeaves

    Loved this song. But I do wish they would use one song for broadcast and online. In this case the online song was perfect.

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