Wagner composed some wonderful music like the Ride of the Valkyrie, but he also came up with the concept of the leit motif. Every time one of his major characters came on stage, there would be a brief snippet of that character’s basic theme music–often, just enough to remind the audience who that character was.
In modern music, Bob Hope’s “Thanks for the Memories” became familiar to audiences worldwide. Every time he went on a talk show like Carson, the band would play it as he went on stage. Kenny Rogers’ was, of course, “The Gambler.” If you can remember live TV, I’m sure you can think of others.
I’ve always thought this was a really cool idea and wished I could arrange to have some song or musical passage played as I entered a room. How cool would that be? I think it’d be awesome. But, I’d never figure out what to have them play, and I’d keep changing it every few days. No doubt the bandmaster would simply shoot me about the middle of the second week.
If you had a themesong, what would it be? Why that one?