Our View From Here

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1st Anniversary Repost: What Ever Happened to Theme Songs?

“Our View From Here” has been in action for one whole year.  To celebrate we’re re-posting our personal favorites from the last year.

My favorite post isn’t deeply introspective or highly intellectual to make you think. It is pure brain candy that I had fun putting together at the time and had fun reading and listening to over and over.

Enjoy “What Ever Happened to Theme Songs?” all over again. 🙂

Something struck me while compiling last week’s post on our favorite childhood television. While looking for a YouTube link to the Smurfs I got lost in listening to themes from my other favorite cartoons and I got slightly forlorn. They just don’t make theme songs like they used to. Even the sitcoms of the 80s had fun catchy theme songs (I’ll get in to those some other week….maybe not). I have MP3’s of many of my favorites. I remember the theme song would come on before my favorite cartoons and I would get actually excited to see what the episode had to offer. Some of these songs I can sing to this day. Other’s there are snippets that linger in my brain. I decided last week that this free week would be dedicated to showing my appreciation for these theme songs. Oddly enough, Many of my favorite themes are from the great Disney cartoons that came out in the late 80s and 90s. I truly think it was a golden era of Disney Television Animation.

First up is the song that ran through my head while doing dishes last week while I tried to think of which show to write about.”Ddddanger lurks behind you. There’s a stranger out to find you! What to do just grab on to some DuckTales! Woohoo!”

The next one I randomly find myself singing. In the car, wandering around the house, when I go hiking. Eating one of my favorite candy treats.

How awesome is that french horn?! (I think it’s a french horn.) I always imagined that Gummi Berry Juice tasted like Ikea’s Lingonberry juice. No idea why, it’s just what my child brain decided.

Shortly after Ducktales,  Disney released a couple other weekday afternoon cartoons with awesome theme songs that continue to pop up in my brain. “Spin It! Let’s begin it.”

“These two. Gum Shoes. Are picking up the slack!”

It wasn’t just the Disney cartoons that had great themes. The Muppets and Muppet babies themes still lives in my MP3 list. Samantha played them for you last week. Warner Brothers got in on the act and have their own theme ingrained in my brain. “In this cartooney they’re invading your TV.”

Thankfully, Tiny Toons was so successful Warner Brothers released another afternoon cartoon show that was just fantastic. I am proud to admit I have three of the music cds they released from the show.

To this day, I love Wakko’s song of the state’s and all their capitols. I can never remember all the words. “Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus is the capitol of Ohio.” That’s all I can remember….not so impressive.

Ah well. I hope you’ve enjoyed reminiscing with me and now some of these songs are trapped in your head like they have been in mine all week. They just don’t make them like this anymore. Granted, I don’t watch the cartoons they make now so maybe they do have catchy, fun-to-sing themes like we were blessed with back in the 80s but I highly doubt it.

PS- This is how Wakko’s state song should go after the Indianapolis bit. I never remember that Alabama comes next.

“Oh I’m soo sorry. You failed to put your response in the form of a question.'” HA! Man I loved that show. Where’s my ipod? I’ve got more reminiscing to do.

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Whatever Happened to Theme Songs?

Something struck me while compiling last week’s post on our favorite childhood television. While looking for a YouTube link to the Smurfs I got lost in listening to themes from my other favorite cartoons and I got slightly forlorn. They just don’t make theme songs like they used to. Even the sitcoms of the 80s had fun catchy theme songs (I’ll get in to those some other week….maybe not). I have MP3’s of many of my favorites. I remember the theme song would come on before my favorite cartoons and I would get actually excited to see what the episode had to offer. Some of these songs I can sing to this day. Other’s there are snippets that linger in my brain. I decided last week that this free week would be dedicated to showing my appreciation for these theme songs. Oddly enough, Many of my favorite themes are from the great Disney cartoons that came out in the late 80s and 90s. I truly think it was a golden era of Disney Television Animation.

First up is the song that ran through my head while doing dishes last week while I tried to think of which show to write about.”Ddddanger lurks behind you. There’s a stranger out to find you! What to do just grab on to some DuckTales! Woohoo!”

The next one I randomly find myself singing. In the car, wandering around the house, when I go hiking. Eating one of my favorite candy treats.

How awesome is that french horn?! (I think it’s a french horn.) I always imagined that Gummi Berry Juice tasted like Ikea’s Lingonberry juice. No idea why, it’s just what my child brain decided.

Shortly after Ducktales,  Disney released a couple other weekday afternoon cartoons with awesome theme songs that continue to pop up in my brain. “Spin It! Let’s begin it.”

“These two. Gum Shoes. Are picking up the slack!”

It wasn’t just the Disney cartoons that had great themes. The Muppets and Muppet babies themes still lives in my MP3 list. Samantha played them for you last week. Warner Brothers got in on the act and have their own theme ingrained in my brain. “In this cartooney they’re invading your TV.”

Thankfully, Tiny Toons was so successful Warner Brothers released another afternoon cartoon show that was just fantastic. I am proud to admit I have three of the music cds they released from the show.

To this day, I love Wakko’s song of the state’s and all their capitols. I can never remember all the words. “Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus is the capitol of Ohio.” That’s all I can remember….not so impressive.

Ah well. I hope you’ve enjoyed reminiscing with me and now some of these songs are trapped in your head like they have been in mine all week. They just don’t make them like this anymore. Granted, I don’t watch the cartoons they make now so maybe they do have catchy, fun-to-sing themes like we were blessed with back in the 80s but I highly doubt it.

PS- This is how Wakko’s state song should go after the Indianapolis bit. I never remember that Alabama comes next.

“Oh I’m soo sorry. You failed to put your response in the form of a question.'” HA! Man I loved that show. Where’s my ipod? I’ve got more reminiscing to do.

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I’m Moving Out…A Musical Interlude

So realistically, I should’ve asked one of the other ladies on this blog to cover me today. I’m moving in two days and still have a ton of packing to do. Well it feels like I have a ton left but I can probably finish everything in a few hours. I’m just uber stressed about getting everything done. I’ve had to keep the TV on at night to fall asleep. If I don’t my head starts racing and reaches ridiculous heights of anxiety. I’ve kept myself up worry about fitting everything in the truck and trailer. Even though I can easily come back in a couple weeks for whatever doesn’t fit. I’ve even spent an hour fretting about how my dad will get out of the private drive my apartment is on with the trailer. Even thought the trailer is half the size of his big honking RV that they haul around. Honestly, ridiculous worries that I try to stifle but apparently in that silence before you go to sleep my brain decides to show me just how horribly paranoid it can be. I’m a slightly paranoid person already. I’ve been working on it since college but it’s been rearing it’s ugly head in the worst way the past week. Thankfully, I have good friends to talk me back from my goofiness and confirm that my initial thoughts that things will be ok is the correct assessment. See this stream of consciousness? This is what tends to happen when I try to go to sleep for about 3 solid hours.

Back to the primary topic.  I have a musically minded brain. Through school I was horribly bad at regurgitating random facts back to people. Label all the parts of a plant cell? I can’t remember. Crappy jingles from the 80s and 90s? Those are popping in my head all the time. So I thought I’d share a couple of the songs that have been running through my head the past few weeks.

First selection: “Ikea” by Jonathan Coulton. I’ve grown up buying Ikea furniture and love going there munching on swedish meatballs and hydrating with lingonberry juice. I’m very excited to finally do some serious Ikea shopping and this song goes through my head every time I start.

Seriously love this song. Random fun fact: I found 11 Ikea allen wrenches while packing.

Another song going through my head is “Moving Out (Anthony’s Song)” by Billy Joel. Actually just the one line from the chorus. “Mmhmm I’m moving out. Ooo whoo.” The rest of the song is actually not at all related to my situation but here it is anyway.

So I’ve been traveling back and forth from my new stomping grounds in Connecticut a lot recently. This has resulted in a lot of time in my car cycling through the CDs in my stereo. I could’ve changed out a couple disks but I’m still enjoying the music and  every song that comes on feels like it applies to my situation. It seems a lot of  people sing about big changes and self reflection.

One of the songs that really rings true is “Uncharted” by Sara Bareilles. I’ve picked this particular clip because Sara sums up in one sentence why it’s hit so close to home. Warning there is a curse word but it’s apt.

And finally here is a light fun song  to make you smile. This song pops in my head constantly. Mainly because I pass diners all the time. I love diners and someone went and wrote a catchy song about them. For your listening pleasure “Diner” by Martin Sexton. Choreography courtesy of the cast of Scrubs. The show is where I first heard the song and the cast demonstrates wonderfully what one should do when they hear it or when they know they’re about to go to a nummy diner.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the song selections and I’ve now spent way more time on this than I should. Back to packing. Wish me luck with my move this weekend. I’ll be relieved when its done.

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