The Bold And The Beautiful Uses THE WATER IS WIDE by Orla Fallon – Tempo maps, measurements and bpm graphs by the NJ Free School, a division of the Meanspeed® Music Company

The Bold and The Beautiful highlighted the issues of the right to die during a terminal illness, particularly in a patient over 85 years old. An “advance directives” had been issued by Ann Douglas, played by Betty White. The Douglas sisters, played by Susan Flannery, Alley Mills, were able to fulfill their mother’s wishes.

Rather than die in the hospital, arrangement was made that the sisters take their mom out to Paradise Cove in California to pass away in peace.

A choice was made to use Orla Fallin’s version of the Irish traditional ballad “The Water Is Wide” as background music for the final scene. The very slow tempo of 51.5 beats per minute made the song especially beautiful, haunting, sublime, surreal and ultimately peaceful. It seemed to me the perfect choice for the scene on the show that internationally is the most popular drama in the world.

The Bold and The Beautiful highlighted the issues of the right to die during a terminal illness, particularly in a patient over 85 years old.

In a plot line about a matriarch of the Douglas family, Ann, played by Betty White was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal pancreatic cancer.  In reaction thereto, she prepared an advance directive or Living Will.  Betty White’s character ‘Ann Douglas’ has decided she is ready to die.  Her daughters, the Douglas sisters, played by Susan Flannery and Alley

Mills, were able to fulfill their mother’s wishes.

Water Is Wide – FALLON – The Bold and the Beautiful – tempo map 2

Rather than die in the hospital, the sisters arranged with hospital staff to take their mom out to Paradise Cove in California to pass away in peace.

Water Is Wide – FALLON – The Bold and the Beautiful – tempo map

Orla Fallon’s version of the Irish traditional ballad “The Water Is Wide” as background music for the last scene.

The very slow tempo of 51.5 beats per minute made the song especially beautiful, haunting, sublime, surreal and ultimately peaceful.  It seemed to me the perfect choice for the scene on the show that internationally is the most popular drama in the world.

Water Is Wide – FALLON – The Bold and the Beautiful – tempo map 3
Water Is Wide – FALLON – The Bold and the Beautiful – tempo map 6

St. James-Spencer Music Summary
Song title=The Water Is Wide
Composer=traditional Irish folk song
Performer=Orla Fallon
Special event=used as background for death of matriarch Ann Douglas, as played by Betty White, on the CBS®, The Bold and the Beautiful®
Album=Celtic Woman Presents: Orla Fallon
Bit Rate=256 kbps
Sample rate=44.100 kHz
Profile=Low complexity
Channels=Stereo
Intellectual property=(p) and ©2006 Celtic Woman Ltd. Under exclusive license to Manhattan Records
Arithmetic mean speed/average expected tempo=51.5 bpm
Average beat=1.16 seconds
Speed frequency=0.8583 Hz
File AAC audio file as a m4a

November 29, 2009

published originally in 2009,

declassified August 12, 2016