Monday, August 20, 2007

theme song to your life

Neil Gaiman in Anansi Boys suggests that we each have a theme song to our lives. It's the song that plays over and over, a soulful melody or the thin strains of a plaintive violin. It's strong or soft; it has a tempo, a rhythm and a beat or it fades away and underneath, very subtly there.

I think my theme song is "The Rainbow Connection" as performed by The Carpenters. (You can hear their version here; pay no attention to the video.)
    Why are there so many songs about rainbows
    and what's on the other side?
    Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
    and rainbows have nothing to hide.
    So we've been told and some choose to believe it.
    I know they're wrong, wait and see.
    Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.
    The lovers, the dreamers and me.

    Who said that every wish would be heard
    and answered when wished on the morning star?
    Somebody thought of that and someone believed it.
    Look what it's done so far.
    What's so amazing that keeps us star gazing
    and what do we think we might see?
    Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.
    The lovers, the dreamers and me.

    All of us under its spell. We know that it's probably magic.

    Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
    I've heard them calling my name.
    Is this the sweet sound that called the young sailors?
    The voice might be one and the same.
    I've heard it too many times to ignore it.
    It's something that I'm supposed to be.
    Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.
    The lovers, the dreamers and me.
What's your theme song?


That Frum Guy said...

Wow! You read Gaiman too. Is there anything you don't read?

Chana said...

Not only do I read Gaiman, I love Gaiman. Love Neverwhere and American Gods and Smoke and Mirrors (especially "Cold Colors.") And am incredibly pleased that Stardust has been turned into a movie because his work will reach a wider audience this way.

What don't I read? Things I do not find interesting. :-)

~ Sarah ~ said...

Shoshana has that theme song in green

G said...

My kind of question.

"All Along the Watchtower" - Bob Dylan

>>insrumental - theme from "The Godfather"

Scraps said...

Makes me think of the Muppet Movie. :)

The theme song of my life? Hmmm, I'll have to think on that one and get back to you. I'd like to give a well-thought-out answer rather than what first comes to mind.

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

My Theme Music I think would be the soundtrack from the movie version of the Secret Garden and/or Gifts From Heaven by Shoshana. Both are beautiful piano music.

anonymous mom said...

On the surface my inner spirit's theme is the instrumental from "St. Elmo's Fire" and Bryan Adams "Summer of '69". In the category of Mussar Haskel of my life: "High Hopes" by Frank Sinatra. The theme songs of my challenges are Billy's "I Go to Extremes" and "Pressure."

anonymous mom said...

The theme of my Avodas Hashem:

Ata Kadosh by Adi Ran. For me, never ceases to inspire and speak to me.

canadian princess said...

when i took it upon myself to assign theme songs to my graduating classmates, a number of them decided mine would be something along the lines of "You Drive Me Crazy" (Britney Spears), "It's My Life" (Bon Jovi), or "Unwritten" (Natasha Bedingfield). mostly unoriginal, i'm afraid. personally i'd prefer something with a bit more presence, like william tell or the music that accompanies unexpected lightning in horror movies.

laughingwolf said...

beauty, that song... i also cherish 'the rose', by bette midler

and yes, gaiman rocks, too

Scraps said...

"Everybody's Fool" by Evanescence.

Erachet said...

Speaking of Gaiman, have you read Good Omens? I just started it and it's really good, so far. Highly recommended, plus I've heard awesome things about it.

And I shall return a bit later with my theme song, if I can discover it.

That Frum Guy said...

I didn't think good omens was as good as some of his others. (Maybe because it was done with Pratchett.) I personally prefer Neverwhere.

erachet said...

Neverwhere definitely rocks. It was my first Gaiman book. I like it because it has a certain flow that Good Omens lacks. Good Omens is sort of jumpy all over the place. It's a completely different style, but still fun. American Gods was good, too, but I never finished it. I think it got a little too dark and gory for me, I dunno.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Shirat Ha'Asavim