Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Theme Songs

Sketch of the Day 1-5-2009: Springsteen

What song should play every time you enter a room? For example, Darth Vader had the Imperial March. Not bad. Makes me awesome would it be if you walked into a room and everyone's cell phones started playing the theme song from The A-Team. Or if you were at the mall and every time you entered a new store Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by the Eurythmics came on over the speakers. Ideally I'd want my theme song to change daily. Keep it fresh. In sync with the personality of the day.

I wonder all this because the other day as I walked into my gym Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen started playing on the stereo. Not exactly my first choice as theme songs go, but I couldn't help but stop and laugh. The first 4 minutes and 38 seconds of my workout were spent sitting idle on a weight room bench, just listening to the lyrics. It was maybe the first time I ever really listened to them. The most ironic part of this song starting to play upon my entrance was the fact that in the thirteen months I've been working out there I have never seen another American. No one there even really speaks English.

I would guess that ninety percent of the music that plays in my gym is American or British music, mostly from the 80's and 90's. Actually, if I'm walking down the streets in Buenos Aires that's the genre I often hear coming out of the storefronts as well. No matter how many times my ears are caressed by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and The Outfield down here though, it's always kind of weird on some level. Like I'm continuously walking through the soundtrack of my youth, but in South America...and it's 2010. The equation of it all doesn't add up in my head, but then again...maybe that's the exact formula needed for the perfect daily theme song.

Currently Reading:
Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole

Currently Listening To:
Song: Radio Nowhere (iTunes)
Artist: Bruce Springsteen

For more on how I first ended up in Buenos Aires check out the first post of Harmony and Dissonance.