Beginning Middle End

Album: To All The Boys: Always And Forever (Music From The Netflix Film (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • Phoenix, Arizona-native Leah Nobel is a singer-songwriter whose music crosses genre lines between pop, folk and alternative. She wrote and recorded this love ballad with producer Quinn Redmond for the 2021 Netflix teen romantic comedy film To All The Boys: Always and Forever. Based on Jenny Han's 2017 novel, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, the movie is the third part of the trilogy, following To All the Boys I've Loved Before and To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.
  • The song finds Leah Nobel letting her love interest know she'd like them to spend the rest of their lives together. It plays an important role in To All The Boys: Always and Forever (spoiler alert!) because part of the storyline involves Lara Jane Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) choosing their song. When Lara Jean hears The Greeting Committee performing "Beginning Middle End," the lyrics speak to her, and by the end of the movie it's become the couple's tune.
  • The Greeting Committee is an actual band who formed in 2014 in Kansas City. Their version of "Beginning Middle End" and their original song "Run For Your Money" both feature on the To All The Boys: Always And Forever (Music From The Netflix Film) album.
  • Nobel and Redmond wrote the tune based on a brief from the film's music producers, Lindsay Wolfington and Laura Webb, that contained vague plot elements and some keywords. Nobel already had the title "Beginning Middle End" in the notes app on her phone. The songwriters didn't know what movie they were writing for, but they knew the feel they wanted to capture. Nobel recalled to Tunefind: "The day that Quinn and I got together to write, I was hoping we'd write an optimistic love song. Most of the love songs that I write tend to lean a little melancholy (or a lotta melancholy), so I liked the idea of writing something more joyful. Maybe something you would want to play at your wedding."
  • In a 2021 Songfacts interview, Nobel explained how the song evolved from the demo stage to the pop version she sang for the movie: "The demo version of the song sounds closest to the pop version of 'Beginning Middle End' that you hear playing in the credits of To All The Boys: Always and Forever. Although the pop version was definitely dialed up intensity-wise and had a little more polish than our demo. The Always and Forever version was a longer process. My collaborator Quinn Redmond and I worked in tandem with the music supervisors of the film to craft the song perfectly for the slow-dance scene. Overall, there were minimal changes to the lyric across the board but lots of sonic adjustments to create the Always and Forever version. Including the amazing string arrangement."
  • Redmond and Nobel fleshed out the song after they viewed the pivotal moment when Lara Jean and Peter reunite and slow dance to the ballad. Redmond told Tunefind how the scene influenced sonic changes to the tune: "From a production standpoint, getting the song to really fill the moment was important to us. A song naturally has a sense of personality, but the right production can communicate many additional layers of that personality. Lindsay and Laura have chosen so many great songs for these films, and have intentionally used the personalities of those songs to tell its own story of growth and maturity. They really wanted the version used in this major scene to have a maturity to its sound while also keeping its modern pop roots. That led us to using a blend of organic intimate sounds as well as lush synthetic sounds. Then we topped it all off with soaring strings (played by Avery Bright). Hopefully it leaves the viewer ready to send Lara Jean and Peter off to college and the rest of their lives."

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