Can a blog have a theme?
Most blogs, I would guess, have a Theme: “a subject or topic of discourse or of artistic representation.” (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, New Edition, 2005)
Movies, television shows and radio programs have Themes: “Instrumental music, sometimes with a very singable melody, often has foreground status during the opening credits.” (The Harvard Dictionary of Music, Fourth Edition, edited by Don Michael Randel, 2003)
Well, there’s the big one: the Star Wars (Main Theme) – also known as Luke’s Theme. This grand symphonic masterpiece was composed by John Williams for the original “Star Wars” movie in 1977 and has been featured in each of the sequel and prequel films since.
Similarly, there’s the James Bond Theme – created in 1962 by Monty Norman, a British singer, pianist and electric guitarist-turned composer, for the first James Bond movie, “Dr. No.”
One you might not know is Paris, Texas – a haunting acoustic slide guitar piece created and performed by Ry Cooder for the 1984 Wim Wenders film, “Paris, Texas.”
From the small screen, there’s Dog On Fire.
Dog On Fire?
I hadn’t known it was called that either, but every episode of “The Daily Show” on the Comedy Central channel kicks off with this high-energy rocker. Originally composed by Husker Du singer/guitarist Bob Mould, the version used on “The Daily Show” is performed by the band They Might Be Giants.
My all-time-favorite theme music from a television show is the main title theme from thirtysomething. Composed by guitarist W.G. Snuffy Walden, the soundtrack for the opening credits of this Emmy Award-winning ABC drama delightfully danced its way across my living room for the first time in 1987.
Finally, the theme music that I’ve probably heard more times than all of the others on this list combined: the Morning Edition Theme by B.J. Leiderman for National Public Radio’s Monday-thru-Friday morning news program.
Movies, television shows, radio programs. So, why not a blog?
Why not, indeed!
Here, without further ado, I give to you:
(To listen, click on the blue link above and… wait for it…!)
“Sixstr” was created/composed on March 24, 2013 and (at last!) recorded in my “home studio” on the afternoon of Monday, September 22, 2014.
I hope you enjoyed it.
P.S.: This post is dedicated to my dear friend, Eugene J. Barrack of Washington Township, New Jersey who passed away on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.
Gene was 82 years old.
He was truly a remarkable man.