The other day, while staining my deck—and it looks lovely, thank you for noticing—I was playing a streaming radio station that played nothing but selections from movie and television soundtracks.
And yes, I am a geek. If you didn’t know that, why are you even here?
And between staining and listening, a few thoughts came up I thought I’d share:
1. If you happen to be staining your deck (or, by logical extension, you are in the middle of the large-scale house painting endeavour of your choice), there is nothing better to liven up your task than to set it to Hans Zimmer’s battle theme from Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. Seriously. Nothing better. The orchestra revs up, and suddenly your every brush stroke is a mighty sword thrust, every dip into the paint can a dip into the open brainpan of a slain warrior.
I will paint my deck with the blood of my enemies! On my signal, unleash Hell! And semi-transparent cedar wood stain!
2. Take a listen to this musical oddity, the opening credits theme from the late ’70’s sci-fi cheesefest Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. It starts out with the strains of a rousing orchestral Star Wars-type space epic, then suddenly morphs into a chirpy pop grotesque a la evening soap operas, perfectly summarizing the no-respect-intended approach to TV science-fiction in the 1970’s.
Even with absolutely no knowledge of its origins, one listen will tell you that this music was designed to play while credits roll and actors smile goofily at the camera.
But you do get Erin Gray, so it’s hardly a total loss.
3. For a show about a giant green id that explodes into slow-motion violence in every episode, the closing music of The Incredible Hulk is as heart-rending a piece as has ever been created.
Seriously sad. Like, The Notebook sad. Funeral music for pets sad.