I’ve been trying out some of the new television shows that have started up mid-season, and I’m having a difficult time connecting with them. I find it difficult to connect to new shows – – in fact, I’ve become sort of a TV commitment-phobe, because most of the shows I really start to like get yanked from the schedule. I used to wonder why no one would stick with shows long enough to keep them on the air past one season. Then one day the answer came to me. THEME SONGS. The new shows don’t have theme songs.
In the 70’s, I could be in any part of my house, and I would come running as soon as I heard the first few notes of “Sunday, Monday, Happy Days.” I could quote for you right now the lyrics of The Dukes of Hazard, Greatest American Hero, or WKRP in Cincinnati. Ever watched any of those in reruns today? Yep, they stunk, didn’t they? We would poke our eyes out before we would watch any drivel like that today, so how did they keep us watching season after season back then? They had a theme song. We sang along, and we felt like we were part of the Duke clan, like we were cheering Ralph Hinkley on whether we believed in him or not, and like we were packing and unpacking with the WKRP crew.
I’m not necessarily proud of it, but I know the words and tune to just about every theme song in the 70’s and 80’s. I wasn’t sure HOW well I knew them until I recently went to a science museum that had a theme song game in their “memory” display. I SO ruled that game! I was half expecting bells to go off and someone to come out from the museum office and present me with a check or something. That’s how well I did. It really bugs me that there are no theme songs today. When I am excited about something, I want a soundtrack to accompany it. Like the blogging class that inspired me to start this blog in the first place. It was awesome! Our teacher, Black Belt Mama, has had a successful blog for some time now, and showed us all the ropes – – from safety issues, to developing a theme, to designing our blog’s look, and finally onto writing a blog people will actually want to read. Now that’s a class to get excited about…an event that needs a theme song! Maybe something like this…
Come and listen to a story about a class I took
A class ‘bout blogging, didn’t even need a book.
Then one day I was typin’ up a storm,
And up through the laptop, a website was born.
Blog that is, Black Belt gold, WordPress tea.
Well the first thing you know ol’ Topsy’s online,
Kinfolk said “Try to get a byline”
Said bloggin’ ‘bout tech is the place you oughta be – –
So I settled on a theme and the rest is history.
Blogs, that is. Homeschool tales. Geeky stars. . .The Topsy Techie Blog!
(Thanks to the terrific folks at Time4Learning for creating an audio file for my Blog Song. Hey, it’s not every blog that gets its own theme song, ya know!)