Thursday, July 31, 2008

It's More Than Just a Song

The idea of having a theme song has been the subject of a few blog posts out there in the blogosphere and even a frequent topic on such ancient shows of yore like Ally McBeal. I realized today as I was taking what should be my daily walk that my theme song has been the same for years. Hasn't changed since I first laid ears on it back in high school and despite being overplayed many times over the last few decades it still manages to do all those little things that theme songs are supposed to do.

It energizes you. You hear that special little ditty and you instantly feel like dancing. Or shouting and doing all sorts of ridiculous things like you see in Mentos commercials and what not. My theme song makes me take over dance floors at weddings, grocery stores, sidewalks and wherever else I hear it. It is to the point now that people seem to think of me when they hear it. Probably because I made them listen to it (not at gun point, but close) so many freakin' times since they've known me. They cringe a bit too I'm quite sure.

When I found out that my choice of song was also one of my uncle's favorite songs it gave me not just a warm fuzzy feeling and incidentally a partner in bad dancing crime but it made me realize how a good theme song can span generations. Aww, the sap of it I know.

Then today, I heard it again. Out of the blue, OK out of the iPod shuffle if you must know, but I had forgotten it was there and had skipped over it so many times lately deeming it overplayed pap. As I jauntily walked down the street (as jaunty as a six months pregnant woman can be) I listened to the lyrics and realized that on a whole new level this song still applies to me. It not only still makes me feel all peppy and like breaking into Fame-like dance moves, which is really bad and it still reminds me of all the wonderful times I had with friends in high school, college and my twenties, but that we women and mothers have days where we are barely surviving and that we are simply just... Stayin' Alive.

And there you go. My Theme Song.

Do you have one?


  1. Anonymous5:21 PM

    My theme song (I have never admitted this before, it's kind of cheesy)...
    I get knocked down (Chumbawamba)


  2. That is totally my Dad's theme song too.

    I don't have one, but believe you me I have been looking for years.

  3. Anonymous8:56 AM

    There are about 20 songs that do that to me. The first one that comes to mind is It's a beautiful morning(Young rascals). I can't have a bad day if it starts off with that song. Ooo and Sweet child of mine, that one will envoke some very loud singing as well as dancing.

  4. I don't know about theme song, but the one I break into I'm-the-greatest-dancer-ever-and-I-don't-care-who-sees-it kind of dancing is Footloose. But then, I do a LOT of carefree dancing!


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