Hey oh Monday! Why must you arrive so quickly? This week is Parent/Teacher Conference week for Little Dude – it should be interesting! Next week is Spring Break for the kids, but the hubby had his Spring Break last week, so there won’t be any sleeping in (for me) going on…heh!
Meanwhile it’s Monday, and Monday means music! This week’s theme is another fun one – “Music from Sci-Fi movies and/or TV series” – so let’s get to it!
Let’s start off with a show that features a symphonic orchestra soundtrack composed by Joel Goldsmith. Goldsmith’s first task for the series was to compose the main title song, which was nominated in the category Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2005.
When composing the music, Goldsmith went for a more pastoral, European and Americana approach, while keeping the adventurous, symphonic approach the producers wanted. Goldsmith’s score for season 2 episode “Grace Under Pressure” was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore) in 2006.
Here, for your listening pleasure, is the Stargate Atlantis Theme Song:
Next up is one of my favorite SciFi series created by one of my favorite creators, J.J. Abrams, who also put his musical stamp on this particular series.
The prolific writer-producer penned the theme song for this show, and by doing so, J.J. Abrams is following a pattern that’s been in place since he first started writing for television. His TV songwriting career began when he wrote “A New Version of You,” the second of two themes used on his WB drama “Felicity.” He followed that with the elecronica-inspired beats used to open “Alias.” And we can’t leave out the familiar tones heard at the beginning of every episode of “Lost” he came up with, too. Multi-talented!
The string-heavy introduction to this show came to J.J. Abrams while he was getting ready to go to bed one night. Inspiration hit, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Here you go, the Fringe Theme Song:
Next up is a fun series that was canceled by FOX but picked up by Comedy Central and lived on for a few more years before it’s final finale in 2014. Face it, the TV theme song writing peaked in the 1960s. Even this show’s extremely-catchy jingle was cribbed from a French psychedelic rock song from the Free Love era.
Without further ado, here’s the Futurama Theme Song:
Last, but definitely not least, is a theme song that Princess Nagger always wanted me to rewind and play for her over and over again, because of the opening visual sequence (plus she like the song).
As the story goes, this song was initially improvised by Barenaked Ladies at a Los Angeles concert. The lead singer had just finished reading Big Bang: The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know about It (hopefully not during the actual concert).
By coincidence, attending the concert were this show’s creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, and thus was born the theme song. This particular one is the full version (which I’d never heard until looking for the song itself, so I was delighted to find it).
Enjoy listening to and watching The Big Bang Theory Intro Full Version:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me: I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and our awesome friend Cathy, from Curious as a Cathy has returned full force as a co-host.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!