Friday, December 13, 2013
I'm a gal who appreciates TV. There I said it.
Although I'm not much for reality shows (except "Storage Wars") I do adore my "Criminal Minds," "Game of Thrones," "The Office" and a handful of others.
I also love a really good song. Well I mean who doesn't?
And so, this post is all about TV and music. Certain TV theme songs either pull at my heart strings or are, for one reason or another, downright awesome.
When David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" aired in 1990 and' 91, I couldn't watch it. Not for lack of interest, but because it was on Sunday nights which is when my college radio show shift happened. I do however remember playing the heck out of the song "Falling" from the soundtrack during said shift. Specifically, the version with vocals by Julee Cruise. It was - and still is- sacred music as far as I'm concerned. The music was composed by Angelo Banalamenti and Lynch wrote the lyrics. Here it is:
The actual "Twin Peaks" theme song is an instumental version of "Falling" and we'll get to that in a moment.
About a month ago, I decided that it was time to FINALLY watch "Twin Peaks" and with the help of Hulu-Plus I'm knee deep in it and halfway through the second (and final) season. I couldn't love the show more if I tried.
And I never tire of the opening theme music, which is also used in different forms throughout each episode.
This got me thinking about TV theme songs in general. And so I've come up with a list of my favorites and invite you to do the same. With sites like YouTube, they're at our fingertips and I sure had a good time with this endeavour.
My criteria was fairly simple.
1. It had to be a show I actually watched (either when it first aired, via "repeats" or via things like DVDs and Hulu.)
2. It had to be a show I truly loved
3. The theme song had to have righteous musical merits and render me unable to imagine the show without it
Take a trip with me through these songs and think about what your favorites are.
Six Feet Under
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Adventures of Fat Albert
Welcome Back Kotter
The Muppet Show
Laverne and Shirley
All in the Family
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Aimsel Ponti has been obsessed with - and inspired by- music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She's a huge fan of the local music scene and interviews an act every week for "Making Noise" which runs in the Press Herald GO section. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets.