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Theme songs

Did you watch Ally McBeal? Because I sure did. Heck, I even bought the Christmas album, and I can assure you that Robert Downey Jr.'s recording of "River" is heartwrenching and swoon-inducing. (Yes. Both. Really.)

But there was this one season where Ally went to see a shrink (played by Tracey Ullman), and that shrink advised Ally to get herself a theme song. No, really:

Ally ended up singing a somewhat slowed-down version of "I Know Something About Love", if memory serves. I tried to pick a theme song back then, but it didn't ever really work out for me.

This year, however, theme songs keep finding me. Earlier this year it was the Linkin Park song "Waiting for the End", but for the past month, it's shifted to a different Linkin Park song, "Iridescent" (which is about to blow up big, since it's featured in the new Transformers movie).

For the past few days, though, I've found that this version of Avril LaVigne's song, "What the Hell", is on heavy brainradio rotation (and I also purchased this track at iTunes) - but it doesn't qualify as a theme-song. (Yet?) Still, I sure hope you'll watch Michael Henry & Justin Robinett's video for the awesome four-hand piano playing (with flair!) and the tight harmonies. Oh - and for the crazy terrier in the background:

What about you? Do you have a personal theme song?

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Jun. 1st, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
i just went to the rd, jr. link- because i love river- probably one of my fav songs... and it's definitely swoon worthy. it's interesting hearing a man sing this... i'm so used to joni's voice... but robert sings it so... tenderly. awesome
thanks, kelly.
Jun. 1st, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
I was backwards (no surprise there, right?), so the first time I ever heard this song was Robert Downey Jr.'s version, and I totally love it. And then I got the Joni Mitchell. And also Sarah McLachlan has a lovely rendition.
Jun. 1st, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
I'm in love with the modern world. I'm in touch; I'm a modern girl...
I did the same thing with that episode! I hit on my theme right away though and it's served me well ever since, although it's kind of corny. My theme song is Roadrunner as performed by Joan Jett. "Ya know, I walked by the Stop-n-shop... And then I drove by the Stop-n-shop...and I liked that much better than walkin' by the Stop-n-shop... I got my radio on..."

Also, that Avril cover is going to be on heavy rotation for me now too.
Jun. 1st, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm in love with the modern world. I'm in touch; I'm a modern girl...
Gotta love a personal theme song.

And while the Avril version of the song bugged me at first, I LOVED the cover - and it turns out that since I love the cover so much, I now don't mind Avril's version either. Bizarre!
Jun. 1st, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
That version of River is one of my favorite songs...ever.
Jun. 1st, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Re: River
Why does that not surprise me? It's up there for me, too - and I will listen to it at any time of the year.
Jun. 1st, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
Re: River
Me too! :)
Jun. 1st, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
My theme song seems to be "I've Always Been Crazy but It Keeps Me From Going Insane" by Waylon Jennings. It's pretty self-explanatory.
Jun. 1st, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Nice one!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:06 am (UTC)
"Of course, he didn't say on WHAT, but I think it's a marvelous idea."

Sorry. I was even in the world's worst production of Twelfth Night, and I STILL flash on Anna Russell whenever I hear that quote. But I don't think her "My Heart Has Dishpan Hands" qualifies as a theme song.

Would it be bad to claim the Klezmatics' "An Undoing World" as my theme song? Or can one have a theme song that hasn't any words? Because then there'd be Boiled in Lead's "Ugros."

No, I think it all comes back to the Muppets in the end. Gonzo's "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday" from the original Muppet Movie makes me tear up every time and sums up a lot of my life philosophy. With John McCutcheon's rendition of "How Can I Keep from Singing?" running it a close second. I know, you'd think it would be something with more cats in, wouldn't you?
Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
I love Enya's version of "How Can I Keep From Singing" - such a beautiful hymn/song - I'll have to look for the McCutcheon. I'm pretty certain a wordless song could be a theme song - why not, if it catches the mood or attitude you're going for?
Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
I haven't thought of that personal theme song idea in years! Nice to reflect upon. I also bought the Christmas album and Robert Downey's Jr's version of River is the one I always go to. So perfect.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Even when I realized earlier this spring that "Waiting for the End" was basically my personal theme song (since it fit my circumstances and mood so perfectly), I didn't think of Ally McBeal until recently. And man, do I love RDJ's singing.
Jun. 5th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...a theme song. I'll have to think about that.
LOVE that video and the terrier is hysterical. What did people do before YouTube?
Jun. 5th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Not sure what people did before YouTube, but it does make life more fun!
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