25 February, 2010

What's Happened to TV Show Theme Songs?

Honestly, I was catching up on my TiVo the other day, and I watched Accidentally on Purpose and I realized that their "theme song" consists of exactly one line: "I can't be anything without you..." and the title screen.

Seriously? What has happened to the TV theme song these days? Remember the classic TV show theme songs? The ones that would get stuck in your head for days at a time?

-- Batman Who didn't get that song stuck in their head after school? Just me? Huh...
-- Laverne and Shirley "We're gonna make our dreams come true!"
-- Green Acres "New York is where I'd rather stay...I get allergic smelling hay!"
-- Charlie's Angels Good theme songs don't even need words!
-- Growing Pains "As long as we've got each other...."
-- Golden Girls "Thank you for being a friend..."
-- Maude Who can't respect an entire song all about a woman named Maude?? And Bea Arthur deserves two entries here.
-- Charles In Charge "New boy in the neighborhood, lives downstairs and it's understood. He's there just to take good care of me...like he's one of the family."
-- He-man and She-Ra I loved these cartoons as a kid! "I have the power!!" "For the honor of Grayskull!"
-- Punky Brewster (Here's a shout-out to my good friend S, who's been asking for a blog update - how 'bout one with your favorite TV show in it?)
-- Happy Days "These days are ooooours...."
-- Beverly Hillbillies "Oil that is...black gold...Texas tea..."
-- Who's the Boss "There's a time for love and a time for livin' so take a chance and face the wind."
-- Gummy Bears "High adventure that's beyond compare!"
-- The Mary Tyler Moore Show "You're gonna make it after all!"
-- Cheers (Have you ever heard the long version? HYSTERICAL!)
-- Mister Ed "A horse is a horse of course of course..."
-- The Brady Bunch Who can forget "Here's a story...of lovely lady..."
-- Gilligan's Island "...for a three hour tour..."
-- Twilight Zone This one creeped me out as a kid.
-- Family Ties I loved Alex P. Keaton, even if he was a Republican...
-- Silver Spoons "Together...we're gonna find our way...."
-- Designing Women (Angie, I couldn't let this entry go by without a shout-out!)
-- Life Goes On Who doesn't love Ob-la-di-Ob-la-da?
-- The Muppet Show "It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights..."
-- The Facts of Life "You take the good you take the bad you take 'em both and there you have the facts of life..."
-- WKRP in Cincinnati "I'm livin' on the air in Cincinnati, Cincinnati WKRP"

I remember as a kid when even the faintest strains of my favorite TV theme song floating from the TV would bring me dashing into the family room from wherever I was in the house. And yes, the '80s/'90s/early '00s had good theme songs! I mean the TGIF line-up alone....

-- Boy Meets World "It's good to know I have friends who will always stand by me..."
-- Step by Step "Will there ever be...a second time around?"
-- Family Matters "As days go by..."
-- Full House "Whatever happened to predictability?"
-- Dawson's Creek (How many people in my high school were walking around humming that song under their breath?)
-- Saved by the Bell "When my teacher pops a test I know I'm in a mess and my dog ate all my homework last night..."
-- Doogie Howser, M.D Can't let a blog entry about theme songs go by without this one! I had the biggies crush on Doogie when I was a kid!
-- Home Improvement (I love the grunt, my dad can imitate it really well!)

So what's happened? I mean honestly, the sheer number of shows with absolutely no theme song at all makes me sad! And some of the ones that used to have them (Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives) have now gotten rid of them entirely! What's going on? Does the American TV consumer no longer want songs associated with their TV shows? And if so, why? What happened?

Best Recent TV Show Theme songs: (it's a short list)

-- How I Met Your Mother (short, but makes me bop along with it)
-- The Big Bang Theory (Okay, I just love BareNaked Ladies...)
-- Gilmore Girls "Where you lead, I will follow..."
-- Monk "It's a jungle out there"
-- The Simpsons I debated whether this should count or not, because it's been on for 20 years, but I decided that's the very reason it SHOULD! They haven't sold out yet!
-- Psych "I know, you know, that I'm not tellin' the truth..."

Okay, so now that I've finished my entry with the largest number of links EVER, you tell me, what have I forgotten? Do you have a favorite?

***Full credit for most of these links goes to the incredible folks over at Classic TV Theme Songs and Images, who have an amazing collection of songs and images from some of my favorite shows of all time!

15 February, 2010

Last Night I Had A Crazy Dream...

Last night I dreamed that I couldn't open my eyes more than a slit, yet somehow I managed to drive to work, where I discovered that the office had decided that one person would drive to pick up something from Chick-fil-A every day for lunch. They'd carved the weekly schedule into the wall with a pocket knife. I'd moved out of my regular desk and into a new one that was out in the middle of everything, which is how I discovered that everyone in the office had broken up with their significant others, and decided to take up marathon running.

My brain is weird.

13 February, 2010

The Lady Is A Tramp!

It's my humble opinion that the Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald version of this song is the best ever. I've been searching for a version I can own EVERYWHERE, with no luck (not on iTunes, Amazon.com, or in any music store I've ever visited!) but I've finally found one I can watch at my leisure on Google Videos:

Not exactly what I wanted, but I love it so much that I'll take it!!

Who doesn't love The Chairman of the Board and The First Lady of Song??

(The YouTube version is better quality, but the Google version starts earlier, and I love their little interplay at the beginning. Because I'm of the admittedly delusional opinion that other people have the same love of old standards that I do, I've attached both videos to this post. But it's my blog, so it's my prerogative!)

The Spell of the Yukon

I just finished watching the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and it made me think of a poem my grandfather made me memorize when I was a little girl: The Spell of the Yukon, by Robert Service.

I wanted the gold, and I sought it,
I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
Was it famine or scurvy — I fought it;
I hurled my youth into a grave.
I wanted the gold, and I got it —
Came out with a fortune last fall, —
Yet somehow life’s not what I thought it,
And somehow the gold isn't all.

No! There’s the land. (Have you seen it?)
It’s the cussedest land that I know,
From the big, dizzy mountains that screen it
To the deep, deathlike valleys below.
Some say God was tired when He made it;
Some say it’s a fine land to shun;
Maybe; but there’s some as would trade it
For no land on earth — and I'm one.

You come to get rich (damned good reason);
You feel like an exile at first;
You hate it like hell for a season,
And then you are worse than the worst.
It grips you like some kinds of sinning;
It twists you from foe to a friend;
It seems it’s been since the beginning;
It seems it will be to the end.

I've stood in some mighty-mouthed hollow
That’s plumb-full of hush to the brim;
I've watched the big, husky sun wallow
In crimson and gold, and grow dim,
Till the moon set the pearly peaks gleaming,
And the stars tumbled out, neck and crop;
And I've thought that I surely was dreaming,
With the peace o' the world piled on top.

The summer — no sweeter was ever;
The sunshiny woods all athrill;
The grayling aleap in the river,
The bighorn asleep on the hill.
The strong life that never knows harness;
The wilds where the caribou call;
The freshness, the freedom, the farness —
O God! how I'm stuck on it all.

The winter! the brightness that blinds you,
The white land locked tight as a drum,
The cold fear that follows and finds you,
The silence that bludgeons you dumb.
The snows that are older than history,
The woods where the weird shadows slant;
The stillness, the moonlight, the mystery,
I've bade 'em good-by — but I can't.

There’s a land where the mountains are nameless,
And the rivers all run God knows where;
There are lives that are erring and aimless,
And deaths that just hang by a hair;
There are hardships that nobody reckons;
There are valleys unpeopled and still;
There’s a land — oh, it beckons and beckons,
And I want to go back — and I will.

They're making my money diminish;
I'm sick of the taste of champagne.
Thank God! when I'm skinned to a finish
I'll pike to the Yukon again.
I'll fight — and you bet it’s no sham-fight;
It’s hell! — but I've been there before;
And it’s better than this by a damsite —
So me for the Yukon once more.

There’s gold, and it’s haunting and haunting;
It’s luring me on as of old;
Yet it isn't the gold that I'm wanting
So much as just finding the gold.
It’s the great, big, broad land 'way up yonder,
It’s the forests where silence has lease;
It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.

I love the Olympics!! Onward and upward!! :)