Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Name That Tune

The other day I went to the library to formally petition the librarians to call the guy who STILL has that Coldplay CD checked out.

I’m not doing it just for me. There are approximately 15 holds on that CD before I can get my greedy little hands on it. But still, this ONE guy is holding up the whole process! I’m hoping he hasn’t broken or lost it and just not called the library yet.

Anyway, while I was there, I perused the CD selections and found a little gem among the new releases. It was a two disc collection of famous TV theme songs. How awesome is that!

As I perused the set, I noticed some of my favorites from yesteryear – Full House, Perfect Strangers, One Day at a Time, etc. I thought to myself, “Self, you would get a blast listening to this in the car, just riding along, remembering all those years spent indoors in the AC watching your favorite shows!”

So, I checked it out. I had a blast on the way home, singing along loudly. I’m sure the passing cars wondered why I was holding my hands up and snapping occasionally (The Addams Family).

I left the CDs in my car and promptly forgot about them, until we decided to take my car over to Mom and Gary’s for a Labor Day cook out.

“What’s this?” Brett asked as he popped it in CD player.

“It’s TV theme songs, and….” I started to answer.

“STARSKY AND HUTCH!” My husband screamed at one hundred decibels, an inch away from my ear.

“Yes. Oh, this one is Cheers. I like this song.” I started to hum along as I pulled out of the driveway.

My husband, who is rarely the passenger, had already flipped past the place where everybody knows your name, and was clicking through the rest of the CD.




He’d click to the next track, listen to the first few tones, and scream out the name like an excited contestant on Name That Tune. After he’d been proven right by the booklet on the inside, he’d pump his fist with an “Oh, yeah!” and giggle like a schoolboy.

Have I mentioned my husband is normally quiet and reserved?

Something about this CD brought out the kid in him, and I got a glimpse of what he must have been like as a junior higher.

I also lost at least 10% of my hearing in that one car ride.

In spite of my pleading with him to let me at least LISTEN to the full theme, he just kept clicking through. Finally, I just gave up and started nodding as he continued screaming titles at me.

During the round trip, I learned some new things about my husband. First, his parents let him watch WAY too much TV growing up. Secondly, he was amazingly accurate at guessing the themes. For a while I tried to guess too, but I couldn’t even come close to his lightning fast ability to match the theme with the show.

Just our luck, Brett finally finds his talent, and Name That Tune’s been off the air for twenty years.

And just when I wanted to apply to be Queen for a Day, too.


CANDICE said...

I was imagining myself in the back seat................ I could see everything very clearly. Wish I was there. I would have injoyed that car ride.. Lol.

Heidi said...

We did that on the way back from Jeremy and Anouk's wedding in Canada. We had a couple of other guys in the car and we played. It was fun and I am slow. I did not watch much tv (unless it was something my dad liked and he did not like sitcoms).

Ann-Marie said...

I should have offered this disclaimer. Me accusing Brett of watching too much TV...pot meet kettle!

Alice said...

Big question--was Magnum, PI on there???

Ann-Marie said...

YES!!! Hawaii Five-O, Perfect Strangers, Welcome Back Kotter, All in the Family, Friends, Growing Pains (that one especially made me smile), and I had a great time air-drumming to the 90210 theme! There are SO many...I'll have to find the actual CD and link to it.