Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Weekly Music Challenge


Another musical challenge over a Jingle, Jangle, Jungle who created this fun challenge where you don't need to be a musical aficionado to join in. I'm learning a lot from the others. So here are the 3 themes she chose this week.

1. TV Theme

2. A Coin

3. Time of day


I love this tv show and I love the song so much. I find it sparkling, sophisticated and just fun. It is from another era that I miss. Have any of you noticed that the tv theme song seems to have gone by the wayside. They just play a couple of bars and start the show. We no longer hear a song or see the names of the people before the show started. I miss that.


This song was made famous by Ruth Etting and her life was quite a dramatic one made famous by the film, "Love Me Or Leave Me" starring Doris Day and James Cagney. I heard her sing this song when I was a kid and I loved it...yeah, I guess I was a weird kid.


I didn't hear about the Moody Blues until I was in High School and when I heard "Nights in White Satin", I had to learn more. I bought the record and was enthralled. I consider it one of the best albums ever and this song is just so good. It has a melancholy tone to me anyway. 

What would you pick and do you think TV shows today are into the fad of not truly having a theme song? I love the Game of Thrones theme so am I just missing them all because they are on the 30,000 streaming networks?


  1. Hi, Birgit!

    I like your picks, dear friend!

    Yessum, as we have been discussing, opening themes of TV series used to be long, elaborate music video productions. This was especially true in the 70s. In the decades since, show opens have been reduced to a few seconds. I like the sparkly Bewitched theme as much as you, and I'd like to see longer opening sequences make a comeback. The best ones are fun to watch and set the tone for the program.

    The "dime a dance girl" is also a relic of the distant past. Adjusting for inflation, I imagine she'd charge $500 today.

    The TV themes I immediately thought of that became hits on the pop chart are the instrumentals "Hawaii Five-O," which I recently posted at Shady's Place, "Peter Gunn Theme" and "Route 66 Theme."

    Like your coin song, mine is worth teh cents. It's Gene Pitney's "If I Didn't Have A Dime (To Play The Jukebox)," found on the B side of his August 1962 single "Only Love Can Break A Heart."

    For my time of day song I pick "Early In The Morning," the 1982 funk hit by The Gap Band.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday, dear friend BB, and I'll be seeing you "At The Movies!"

  2. Coin is certainly a tough one. Good job on coming up with a song.

  3. The Moody Blues are now in my head-but that is a good thing. I don't know the coin reference song. I need to go look that one up. Hope the week is going well and you have some spring like weather!

  4. I almost went with Bewitched as well. You've made excellent choices. Thanks for joining in today!

  5. I loved the Bewitched theme. My sister and I even made up lyrics for it--totally ridiculous, of course. For #1, I'd go with the Mary Tyler Moore Show: Love Is All Around. At some point, though, we just heard the music. #2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime, sung by Bing Crosby. #3. All I can think of is Afternoon Delight, which was popular but pretty dumb.


  6. I'm going with Moody Blues:)
    Hope your day is fun and free of pain.

  7. 1. MASH
    2. Penny Lane
    3. Famous Blue Raincoat (It’s 4 in the morning, the end of December) or if it has to be in the title, Wednesday Morning, 3am (Simon and Garfunkel).

  8. I'm in awe of this theme and how well you adapt to it. I've only heard the Moody Blues, but not the other two. Like you, I LOVE them. I love how they were classically trained and used their gift to make great rock music. I can't imagine how much knowledge of music and film you have rolling around in your head, dear friend.

  9. Ha, I never noticed that about today's TV theme shows. I'm going to pay attention this week. I like singing the Beverly Hillbillies theme song. :-)