All summer I've had an ice-cream van niggling at me. It stops outside my
window and plays *half* of its jingle, damn its pereceptual organs to
the place of its least favourite choice. And, firstly, I know it but
how, what, where and why ? And, secondly, I can't help listening to
tunes, so I want to know how the rest of it goes. I don't know whether
half an earworm is an improvement on the whole thing or an extra descent
into annoyance, the presence of earwormitude is the point.
For q1, I vaguely thought I might know that it was the theme to a
televisual outbreak of fussballery yclept "Match of the Day" as
originally performed on brassy things, and that the reason I would have
known that, if it was true, would have been that it happened after
Doctor Who before we got round to turning the gogglebox off, that having
been under the parental roof of a nonfussballish family.
Which I mention merely for the possibility of sidetracking things, the
thing that pleases me is the second bit.
I had one of those "duh !" things a couple of hours ago and found it on
youtube on the second try - never having owned a telly since I emerged
from under said parentalage in 1970, my first try was the Original
(1964) version, but what I actually wanted was the subsequent 1970
version. Incidentally, the 1964 one was composed for militaristic band
by a Major someone who is described as a Drum Majorette. I hadn't
realised we'd ever had any of them.
Never mind all that, the fun point that I'm spinning this out as long as
I can rather than get to is that it's been earworming its way into me to
the point that a few days ago I picked up my clarinet and played [insert
pause here in deference to the Who] the first 2 phrases reasonably
bang-on first time, whch is not usually my best thing at all, I've never
been that quick with my ears. And it turned out that by some happy
coincidence that I did so at the same pitch as the canonical version,
which has made it very easy to have the whole thing under my fingers by
now. It's not long, after all.
So I'm sitting here with window open and instrument at the ready with
the intention of checking what pitch the van's playing it at so's I can
check the need for transposition in order to play along. And when I'm
good and ready I shall do so out of the open window in performance mode
and carry on with it after the bloody van's stopped half way, against
the remote offchance of amusing anybody else in the street who's paying
I know, I know, I should get a life. Tough, eh ?
Anybody here speak ABC ?
T:Match of the Day theme (1970)
N:The internet doesn't appear entirely certain as to the composer, I've also seen a
N: suggestion of "Rhet Stoller", but Barry is in a massive majority. I've also seen
N: indications that it was released on vinyl, but I haven't gone that far.
N:I love the internet
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