Do you have a song that is "your song?" I don't mean a song for you and your steady; I mean an anthem just for you, a personal alma mater, the lead song on the soundtrack to your life. Call me strange, but I feel like my life has been scored by a great composer. Even when times are tough, when every song is written in a minor key, and when Chopin's "Funeral March" seems the most thematically-appropriate, music is ever present.
Chopin's "Funeral March"
It is during those difficult phases when it is absolutely imperative to remind myself that a single-note soundtrack would never work and I look to the overriding tone of my soundtrack - joy, excitement, and an irrepressible weirdness. I've always known that wacky tacky had a theme song because it is the very theme song for Mr. Tiny's life.
"Holiday for Strings" - David Rose & His Orchestra (1944)
"Holiday for Strings," one of the most famous works by legendary Hollywood composer, David Rose, has always made me happy. To some it is understandably frantic, odd, and maybe even annoying. To me, it is euphonious ecstasy. I am encouraged and inspired by the song's obvious optimism and bolstered by the brightness of its carefree motif. It is a fact that I have never met a version of "Holiday for Strings" that I did not like.
"Holiday for Strings" - Spike Jones & His City Slickers
"Holiday for Strings" - Living Strings
"Holiday for Strings" - The Lawrence Welk Show (1978)
Perhaps my very favorite arrangement of "Holiday for Strings" is one in which strings ironically play a very incidental role.
"Holiday for Strings" - The Voices of Walter Schumann
It is no small wonder that my theme song was penned by the same genius who wrote one of my other favorite songs (tracks 3, 5, and 9 on "wacky tacky: The Life & Times of Mr. Tiny" the original cast album) - "The Stripper."
"The Stripper" - David Rose & His Orchestra (1957)
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