Friday, July 15, 2011

Maim That Tune!

Just when I thought it was safe to go back into the woods...  I brought the woods home with me.

Yup, spent all last week at Boy Scout Camp with our local Boy Scout Troop.  I got the kids up early in the morning, got 'em fed, got 'em to their activities 'mostly' on time, painted a latrine (more on this in another post), and brought them all home (alive) again on Friday evening. 

Only thing was - I had a lot of time to think between waking them up, and making sure they got to bed again at the end of the day.  What'd I think about?  Well, quite a lot, actually.  One thing I thought about was music, sweet, sweet music...

Initially, I didn't think about any particular music, but rather, I was bouncing themes around in my head.  I played a game at camp, without benefit of electronics, PCs, iPods, or headphones.  It's a game I'd like to invite you to play - and play you must!

I started thinking about 'stuff' and how music either adds, or detracts from the aforementioned 'stuff'.  For example, what would the movie, "Jaws" be without the musical soundtrack written by Stephen King (no, it was actually David Bowie... I was just playin' with you!)? 

Yes, it would have been a totally different theater-going experience if John Williams (the actual answer) hadn't written that whole Da da - da da - da da - da da da da da da da da CHOMP! riff for the movie soundtrack.  The Jaws theme overlayed the plot to the point where the music became another actor on the screen.  "Jaws" without the music would have been like Abbott without Costello, Hope without Crosby, Bill without Hillary, and Mickey without the 'Mouse'.

So this got me 'thinking' as I hunkered down in my campfire-side 'Thinking Spot' (yes, you should be conjouring images of Winnie the Pooh here - see above for a subliminal visual clue).  If we added music to people, parties, and 'stuff' in general, what soundtracks or musical selections would be the best fit for each?

Por ejemplo (Spanish for: "Never eat burritos while wearing a white swimsuit and no access to a bathroom with a flushable toilet"):  Consider the first song match-up which crept into my sun-baked noggin whilst sitting on a stump...

Q.:  IF President Obama had a theme song, what would it be?

But as I thought about it, it wasn't quite right.  President Obama HAS been doing what he's wanted to do for almost three years - and he sure as heck isn't leaving it up to US.

So as I went back to the old Stump-O-Roo, I thought better of it.  Hmm, Pooh, the President, Disney, Leaders and Henchmen...  Ah, now this is more like it!

Yes, President Obama was well prepared for his succession to GW Bush (a.k.a.:  Mufasa).  Owning both the House and Senate, he was poised to make history. 

He has.  He has driven the economy deeper into the dumper than GW ever thought possible and with the help of his hyenas in the House and Senate run Bush's 'Unbelievably High Final Year of his Presidency Deficit' from $465 Billion to over $1.6 TRILLION for the past Three Years.  We're going to be printing money for YEARS to come to 'pretend pay' down our debt. 

Of course if I were built of 'gloomier bits' I would have gone with something like this...

But nope, not feeling gloomy today - thank you very much!!!

I don't believe one guy, one deranged Congress and a couple of years can tear down 200+ years of Life, Liberty, and the American Way... 

Shoot, we lived through the Carter years, right?

Barack Obama - Man of Eel

Minions for Change!
Looking to the future (any future NOT including a second term of the 'Smartest Man In The Room') what's the outlook for the USA?

Barack Obama - One and Done.

And I feel fine.

Do you have suggestions for a theme to the current administration, the Republicans in the House, your pet hamster, or even, yours truly?  If so, comment below - I'll check them out after I'm done doing my part to prop up the economy by going to work today. 

The opportunity to have (or create) a job IS the 'business of America'.  We need to get back to business. 

Come on, everybody - get busy...

Have a nice day folks!  Remember to create your own soundtrack as you run through your day...

Moo (a.k.a.:  Mike) 
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