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Friday, October 17, 2008

Sing it out

If I had to pick my favorite show from the past 10 years, Ally McBeal would probably be it. The premise on paper didn't sound like anything special and the first couple of episodes were so-so, but it quickly developed into a really great show. I loved how Calista Flockhart portrayed the neurotic Ally! And I loved that my husband enjoyed the show too, so we could watch it together (a rare thing, since we have fairly different tastes). It was one of the few shows we would sometimes watch over dinner (we don't usually watch TV while eating) so my husband came up with the expression "Ally McMeal" and would ask me:"Should we have an Ally McMeal?" Corny, I know. But cute, especially when Sarah - then 4 - picked up on it.

Ally McBeal had a theme song. Not the show's theme song, her own theme song. It was something her crazy funny therapist (played by Tracy Ullman) told her to do, come up with a song that would make her feel better every time she was down.

I thought it was a good idea and also just fun to figure it out, so I set out to find my own theme song. For a while I took into consideration Meredith Brooks' well known track, because I found it empowering in a way: kind of "look, this is how I am, deal with it". But my husband objected to me picking as my theme song one with the title B***ch. So I picked an alternative song, Groove is in the Heart, by Dee-Lite. That one kept me happy for several years, because it was fun, upbeat, and it reminded me of when I was young.

But now I am looking at these videos, listening to these songs, and I'm cracking up. Not "oh, I feel so much better now" type of thing, but more "OMG, this is so ridiculous I can't believe I am admitting it online". I realize that somehow neither song fits me anymore, so here I am, on the quest for a new theme song. Yes, I know you think it's silly, but no throwing tomatoes please, we all do what we can to improve our moods and not become Wareworlf Moms!

I'm thinking of songs I have been listening to. "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry? It's peppy, but it doesn't really sound like me at all. Plus DH would freak. Okay, next. "Mercy" by Duffy? Not peppy enough. Well, I guess the search continues.

Do you have a theme song? Come on, share, I promise I won't steal it.


Ry said...

I LOVE that you brought this up. I too loved Ally McBeal and I still talk about this particular episode.

Back when it first aired, I decided that"Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" by the Police was my theme song. Ever since then, whenever I hear that song,I think of Ally McBeal. lol!

*sigh* Remember how good Lucy Liu was?

Susanna (A Modern Mother) said...

I'm with Ally on this one, Turn the Beat Around...

Always In Style said...

That was such a fun show...I miss it...wonder why they don't show up in syndication?

As for my theme song? "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne. :)

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