Today I want to share with you one of the coolest New Age music references ever! In the ninth episode of the fifth season of Seinfeld – called “The Masseuse” – Jerry tells about his love for New Age music with a hope of getting a massage.
New Age music is used everywhere in movies and TV, but actual references to the genre is very rare.
In the episode “The Masseuse”, Elaine is embarrassed when she dates a man who shares the same name as real-life serial killer Joel Rifkin (played by Anthony Cistaro), and contemplates asking him to change his name. Meanwhile, Jerry is dating a masseuse (Jennifer Coolidge, above picture), but is frustrated by her reluctance to give him a massage. George becomes so obsessed over the fact that Jerry’s girlfriend doesn’t like him, he dumps his own girlfriend (Lisa Edelstein) after she gives him an ultimatum to choose between them.
Here’s the New Age music reference in all its glory:
The New Age music in the background is not credited, but I’m 99% certain that it is George Winston’s “Forest”. The interesting part is, that this album was first released 3 January 1994, but the mentioned episode aired November 18, 1993. But I guess Windham Hill may have let them use the clip as a preview before “Forest” was released?
You can hear the “Forest” segment used in Seinfeld at around 45 seconds into this clip:
What do you think; is this the piece of music used in the background of the Seinfeld episode?
Picture/video copyright Columbia TriStar Television Distribution