The State of the Union address happened this week. As I watched President Obama it occurred to me that part of the swagger, in addition to being one of the most powerful people in the world, is that he has a theme song. Interestingly, they didn’t play Hail to the Chief as he walked into the House chamber–guess they figured all eyes were already on him.
Hail to the Chief – A Brief History
There’s some fun history behind Hail to the Chief. First Lady Sarah Childress Polk is most often credited with encouraging the playing of Hail to the Chief whenever her husband, President James Polk, entered a room. “Polk was not an impressive figure, so some announcement was necessary to avoid the embarrassment of his entering a crowded room unnoticed. At large affairs the band…rolled the drums as they played the march…and a way was cleared for the President.” http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200000009/default.html
God love a short man that needs to make an entrance (you know my affinity for the short man). Polk wasn’t even the shortest president: at 5 ft. 8 inches President Polk would have towered over our shortest president–James Madison who measured in at 5 ft. 4 inches tall.
This all got me to thinking: what would I want playing when I enter a room??
Everyone, especially those of us hanging out in the middle-aged cheap seats, deserves an anthem. For a little inspiration, I reached out to my gal pals with this query: what would you choose as your theme music?
Their answers were awesome–here are a few of my faves:
“You Dropped A Bomb on Me” by the Gap Band – been my theme song forever – long story, LOL.
Mary Anne Payne, Forever 51
“You Gotta Be” by Des’ree. “You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser.”
Barbara K. (You, my friend, are absolutely already there)
I actually imagine a theme song in my head when I have to go into a big roomful of people. It’s “Brick House.”
Anne Parris, Midlife Boulevard
“Galileo” by the Indigo Girls. How long ’til my soul gets it right!’
“Best Day of My Life” by American Authors. It’s fun and catchy, and reflects my optimistic outlook on life. The band’s lead singer Zachary Barnett notes: “We wanted to tell this story of how no matter what’s going on–whether you’re stuck at your job or having a bad day–there’s always an escape from that, and there’s always a way to make any day the best day of your life.”
Elizabeth Flora Ross, The Writer Revived
My grandkids and kids know my fave is “Old Time Rock And Roll” by Bob Seger. For years they’ve played it whenever we’re celebrating holidays or birthdays or gatherings. It’s Gramma’s theme sing they say. Going to play at my funeral too!
Joan Bickley Stommen, Gramcracker Crumbs
“Both Sides Now” came to mind today, since I’ve looked at life from both sides (of the US) now.
Mindy Klapper Trotta, BetterAfter50
Wish I could list all the great anthems that were suggested. A solution: Jacqueline Wolven was inspired to create a playlist on Spotify with all the recommended theme songs – THX Jacqueline! http://spoti.fi/1KKcwei
As for moi, from this day forward please ensure that the following is playing each time I enter a room, office, bar, store, coffee shop, boardroom, outhouse, etc. Thank you for your support.
How about you: what’s your anthem?