NEW YORK • The lyric goes: “Hey there, Delilah, what’s it like in New York City?”
More than a decade in the past, that query – the opening line of Grammy-nominated love music Hey There Delilah, by Plain White T’s – captivated thousands and thousands of individuals.
The music had all of them asking: Who is Delilah? Is she actual?
As it seems, Delilah is in truth an actual individual named Ms Delilah DiCrescenzo. The band’s frontman, Tom Higgenson, wrote the music after assembly her in 2002.
Described by Time as “an intimate love song that’s damn near universal”, the acoustic guitar ballad, launched in 2006, tells the story of a struggling singer-songwriter (Higgenson) pining for a college scholar (DiCrescenzo) who lives in New York.
While many lengthy thought all the love story performed out in three minutes 52 seconds, that isn’t the case anymore.
Now, followers might lastly be capable of cease questioning what it’s like in New York City for Delilah. They may probably see it themselves – in a scripted TV sequence.
Recently, commerce publication Hollywood Reporter revealed that the band had been working with manufacturing corporations, Lively McCabe Entertainment and Primary Wave, to create a “romantic dramedy” primarily based on the hit music.
“Hey There Delilah is a perfect example of an iconic story song that has introduced characters and a premise to a massive multi-generational audience and is begging to be expanded into a full-length story for contemporary television audiences,” mentioned Mr Michael Barra, Lively McCabe Entertainment’s co-president.
Billed as a “contemporary fairy tale”, the potential sequence, which will likely be pitched to networks and studios this month, goals to develop on the unique story within the music.
Said Higgenson: “It’s been more than a decade since Hey There Delilah was released and people always ask me about it. A whole lot of people really connected with that song and I’m very proud of that.”
“I’m so excited to have an opportunity to give a new generation the chance to form their own connection with the song, and fall in love with its story through this new project,” he added.
Hey There Delilah is just not the primary music to be tailored for TV.
In June, nation star Dolly Parton introduced that she can be partnering with Warner Bros Television to supply a TV movie sequence for Netflix, which is ready to debut subsequent 12 months.
Each instalment will likely be primarily based on considered one of her traditional songs, the assertion mentioned.
Additionally, many films have drawn inspiration from widespread songs. In 2007, Beatles songs turned the framework for Across The Universe, a film musical that went on to be nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
A 12 months later, Jessica Chastain starred in Jolene, primarily based on Parton’s music of the identical identify.
Higgenson’s announcement immediately resurrected Hey There Delilah from its standing as a relic of the mid-2000s and the news turned a trending second on Twitter.
It all began about 16 years in the past when Higgenson met Ms DiCrescenzo, then a scholar at Columbia University, by means of a mutual buddy in Chicago.
Naturally, he tried to impress her.
“Something about her really drove me crazy,” he informed People in 2007. “So I mentioned, ‘I have a music for you’, making an attempt to be easy.
“That was a big lie.”
Unfortunately, Ms DiCrescenzo was already courting somebody, however the pair stored in contact over AOL Instant Messenger.
Then, just a few months later, when she and her boyfriend went to a Plain White T’s concert, the musician informed her eight life-changing phrases: “I’m going to write a song about you.”
She recalled in a 2013 ESPN Magazine article: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would happen.”
Ms DiCrescenzo, who is now a full-time aggressive distance runner, mentioned she was at home in Chicago one Christmas when Higgenson got here by and dropped off a CD.
Track 13 caught her eye. The music was referred to as Hey There Delilah.
By the summer time of 2007, it was almost unimaginable to go anyplace with out listening to Higgenson singing about Delilah and the way Times Square couldn’t shine as vivid as her. The music rocketed to the highest of the charts, spending 35 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 with a number of weeks within the No. 1 spot.
Ms DiCrescenzo even turned up on the Grammys with the band the place their music was up for Song of the Year.
“There’ve been thousands of aching guy reaching out to distant girl songs recorded over the years, and it’s a credit to the Plain White T’s that this one manages to feel fresh,” Time’s Josh Tyrangiel wrote in 2007.
“Singer Tom Higgenson has an imperfect voice, but his nasal delivery makes the nearly comic sincerity of his lyrics seem… genuine.”
Then, like many overplayed songs, Hey There Delilah went from catchy to “annoying” and light from mass reputation. But, every now and then, it might briefly pop again into relevance, getting radio airplay and stirring up emotions of nostalgia.
With the news of the proposed TV sequence, nonetheless, the music has returned to the highlight. Although Hey There Delilah might not be dominating radio waves as in 2007, Higgenson informed Entertainment Weekly that the music continues to resonate with “people young and old” who are curious in regards to the story behind it.
“I’m excited to reimagine the story I’ve told a million times and make something fun and fresh that people can fall in love with all over again,” he mentioned.