What song does Wednesday Addams play on the Cello in episode 1 and did actress Jenna Ortega learn to play the instrument in real life?

Wednesday’s cinematography and performance from lead actress Jenna Ortega are understandably taking most of the plaudits, but special applause must go to the score of Netflix’s new series.

In episode 1, we see Wednesday Addams play a song on a black cello whilst sitting on the Nevermore Academy rooftop, just outside her bedroom window.

As the beautiful song plays in the background, we see the various characters of Wednesday go about their business; Rowan flips through a book, Principal Weems listens from her office, Tyler finds Gomez’s police report, and Xavier paints his mural.

Now, fans are curious as to what song Wednesday was playing on the cello in episode 1, and whether lead actress Jenna Ortega really did learn how to play the instrument for the Netflix series.

What is the song Wednesday plays on the Cello in ep 1?

When Wednesday Addams plays the Cello on the Nevermore Academy rooftop outside her room in episode 1, she is playing an orchestral cover of The Rolling Stones’ iconic “Paint It Black” track.

Aptly named and aptly a score for the woeful Wednesday to play alone; ‘Paint It Black’ is undoubtedly one of The Rolling Stones’ best songs, recorded and released in 1966.

According to Song Facts, the track is written from the viewpoint of a person who is depressed; wanting everything around him in the world to turn black, as to match his mood and solemn outlook on life.

“When asked at the time why he wrote a song about death, Mick Jagger replied: “I don’t know. It’s been done before. It’s not an original thought by any means. It all depends on how you do it.” – Song Facts.

Does Jenna Ortega really play the Cello in Wednesday?

Yes, the talented rising star revealed in an interview with WIRED that she learned how to play the Cello specifically so that she could play the role of Wednesday.

“Actually, I learned to play the cello for ‘Wednesday’. I started working on the cello about two months before we started shooting. I probably couldn’t play too well now just because I’ve been away from home so much working and it is something that I want to continue to pursue.” – Jenna Ortega, via WIRED YouTube.

Ortega would add that, “I have immense respect for anybody who plays the cello. I think it’s such a delightful instrument.”

Interestingly, Ortega would also share in her WIRED interview that she has sung for previous roles and would be “happy to [do it again], but I would never want to make a career out of it.”

“I would love to be a musical composer, I’d love to put out neo-composing albums and things like that, very ambient noise.” – Jenna Ortega, via WIRED YouTube.

Thankfully, both Wednesday and Ortega share the same love for music.

“I love music. I think there’s so much to be found in music and you learn a lot, not only about your own personal taste and how far you’re willing to extend yourself, but then also for different cultures and what is celebrated in other places in the world. And I think that that’s a really beautiful thing.” – Jenna Ortega, via WIRED YouTube.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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