ABC’s The Good Doctor has been airing and accumulating a fanbase since 2017. On January 23, 2023, the series aired its 104th episode titled “Quiet and Loud.” The episode saw multiple tracks trending on the Tunefind trending chart as fans dove into the featured music. Last week’s top TV song was included in the mix, brought to us by an up-and-coming UK-born singer/songwriter.
Dr. Lim and Dr. Glassman operate on Lea.
In an emotional montage, that is an intrinsic part of the series medical drama genre, viewers heard Sarah Proctor’s ‘The Breaks’. Dr. Lim and Dr. Glassman are operating on Lea as the monitors surrounding them alarm. The song comes in softly below the dialogue as the two doctors work together to find the source of Lea’s internal bleeding. The montage continues outside the operating room as the rest of the cast, including Shaun (played by Freddie Highmore), gathers outside to sit on the floor and wait. ‘The Breaks’ takes full volume as the montage continues.
The melody and Sarah’s voice are so beautiful, and the lyrics touch the importance of hope in trying times.” – Ann Kline, The Good Doctor music supervisor
Tunefind spoke with The Good Doctor music supervisor, Ann Kline, about the placement. “From the first time I heard ‘The Breaks’, I had a feeling it would be a good fit for The Good Doctor,” said Kline. Ann continued, “The melody and Sarah’s voice are so beautiful, and the lyrics touch the importance of hope in trying times. I’ve been holding on to it, waiting for the right episode, and finally, it came along.” Kline concluded, “I’m so glad it resonated with the viewers.”
‘The Breaks’ was released by Sarah Proctor in February 2021 as a single and currently boasts over 1 million streams on Spotify. Proctor explained the meaning behind the song on Spotify, stating , “[I wrote it] about the ups and downs we all go through. It’s similar to trying to find the stillness in the ocean in between the crashing waves that can make you feel like you’re drowning.” Sarah continued, “‘Waiting for the breaks’ symbolizes the need to know when to take a break for yourself from the stressful parts of life and working towards finding some peace.”
The track also received a recent placement in The L Word: Generation Q which is a full circle moment for the artist as she is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and has been quoted saying, “There wasn’t much on TV or to relate to so I researched online just trying to find anything gay to relate to. The ‘L Word‘ was the first thing that I was like ‘oh my god there are people like me’.”
Proctor responded on Twitter to her song trending on Tunefind, just 3 days after the episode aired. She also took to Instagram and TikTok to share clips of the episode that included the songs placement sharing, “You guys have made ‘The Breaks’ enter the Shazam charts from The Good Doctor!! Thank you so much! 💙”
When the 104th episode of The Good Doctor aired on January 23rd, ‘Feeling Our Way Through The Dark’ by Katie Garfield was featured in the episode but the track was unreleased at the time. The song was placed during the closing montage that featured a happy ending to the episode. Fans were searching for the song by it’s lyrics and took to Tunefind to post in the Q&A section of the episode. As of Monday, Jan 30, 2023, Katie Garfield has released the song and it can be found for download or purchase on your favorite streaming services.
〉Listen now: The Breaks by Sarah Proctor
〉More music by Sarah Proctor
〉More music by Katie Garfield
〉Full list of songs featured in the The Good Doctor soundtrack