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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.

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Posted: March 28, 2013

A Twin Peaks inspired love note to TV theme songs

I’m a gal who appreciates TV. There I said it.

Although I’m not much for reality shows I do adore my “Criminal Minds” repeats, “Game of Thrones,” “The Office” and a handful of others.

I also love a really good song. Well I mean who doesn’t?

And so, this post is all about TV and music. Certain TV theme songs either pull at my heart strings or are, for one reason or another, downright awesome.

When David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” aired in 1990 and’ 91, I didn’t watch it though I don’t remember exactly why. I do however remember playing the heck out of the song “Falling” from the soundtrack during my college radio show at WKNH in Keene, New Hampshire; specifically, the version with vocals by Julee Cruise. It was – and still is- sacred music as far as I’m concerned. The music was composed by Angelo Banalamenti and Lynch wrote the lyrics. Here it is:

The actual “Twin Peaks” theme song is an instrumental version of “Falling” and we’ll get to that in a moment.

About a month ago, I decided that it was time to FINALLY watch “Twin Peaks” and with the help of Hulu-Plus I’m knee deep in it and halfway through the second (and final) season. I couldn’t love the show more if I tried.

And I never tire of the opening theme music, which is also used in different forms throughout each episode.

This got me thinking about TV theme songs in general. And so I’ve come up with a list of my favorites and invite you to do the same. With sites like YouTube, they’re at our fingertips and I sure had a good time with this endeavour.

My criteria was fairly simple.

1. It had to be a show I actually watched (either when it first aired, via “repeats” or via things like DVDs and Hulu.)

2. It had to be a show I truly  loved

3. The theme song had to have righteous musical merits and render me unable to imagine the show without it

Take a trip with me through these songs and think about what your favorites are.

Twin Peaks

M*A*S*H

Six Feet Under

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The X-Files


 

Welcome Back Kotter

The Muppet Show

Laverne and Shirley

All in the Family

Lost In Space

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