6 Things We Can Learn From Santa Clarita Diet...

Living Music by Justine | April Edition

I liked Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet so much I watched it twice. It’s a unique take on the zombie genre. 


The series follows Shelia, played by Drew Barrymore, and her family after she becomes undead. Can she keep her condition secret? 


The third season has recently hit Netflix. If you’re looking for a comedy, watch it! Here are six ways we can apply Shelia’s journey to our own lives…


  • Stick together

I love the way Joel (Shelia’s husband) supports her after she becomes undead. He could have got a divorce. Instead, it’s as much his journey as it is hers. Sheila might be dead but romance isn’t!



How this relates to music? Keep going through tough times. Whether it’s strained relationships with a colleague, or whether you want to quit because of self-doubt, if the end result is worth the hassle, battle on!


  • Be your best self

In the show, becoming undead makes you the person you always wanted to be. Shelia is finally able to stick up for herself. Another character gains the courage to pursue music. 


How this relates to music? Create an alter ego. It’s probably the closest us ordinary folk can get to undead-ness!


  • Change can be good

In some ways, Shelia’s life is easier after becoming undead. Yes, she has to eat people and evade the authorities, but her work and social life thrive under her newfound confidence. 


How this relates to music? Find the positive in difficult situations. Look for that silver lining (or gold lining, as Maren Morris would say.) 


  • Learn from others

When Shelia meets fellow zombies, they usually learn from each other. 



How this relates to music? Whether you join a local songwriting group or take part in a Twitter chat, talking to other musicians can help you progress. They might have a solution to something you’re finding challenging. 


  • Your assets are assets

My favourite moment is when Shelia and Joel are burying a body they carried to the burial site in a plastic tub. After the contents spill as an unknown car is approaching, they argue over why the tub was without its lid. 


How this relates to music? Keep everything together. A guitar string snapping right before a gig is no problem if you carry spares.


I once purchased a Dictaphone for £70 that wasn’t as good as I expected. I could’ve salvaged £10-£20 by selling if I had all the leads it came with. With parts missing, I was stuck with it (and down £70.) 


It’s worth making sure your music equipment and papers are organised. Don’t lose a song because you wrote it on a scrap of paper that’s since gone missing. Have scores for all your songs if possible, in case someone wants to cover it and asks for the music. They might not be interested if you say, “I’ve just got it in my head.” 


  • A great pitch

Another of my favourite moments is when the police interview Joel about a missing person he knows is dead. He slips up and says, “I don’t want to speak ill of the… missing!” 


How this relates to music? To help people understand what you do, it’s important to have a short pitch. Can you explain what you do in words that would fit in a tweet? It’s worth thinking about this before networking, so you’re prepared. 


Here’s my super short pitch: 


I write lyrics for songwriters and producers who struggle with lyric writing.


You can then expand on this with three sub-points. Here’s mine:


I write lyrics for songwriters and producers who struggle with lyric writing. I specialise in pop, country and folk. You get memorable lyrics tailored to your genre.


You can license my pre-written lyrics online. Each lyric is exclusive to the buyer. You can buy via Songbay, or on my website.


Alternatively, you can commission a lyric tailored to you. These lyrics are written from scratch to suit your requirements. This can be your backing track, vocal range, individual style, topic ideas, etc. 


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