Monday, September 16, 2013

Music Monday- MTM

Happy Monday!  Which means, today is Music Monday here at the blog. Today, I'm choosing one of the most memorable television theme songs ever.

I've been listening to the audio book Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted by Jennifer Keishin Armstong, which is all about the making of the brilliant Mary Tyler Moore show.  Over the weekend, I was enthralled with the talk about the theme song, so today, I just wanted to post that video and remember that great song.

Of course, my favorite part of it is the very end, where Mary throws her hat up into the air.  The director of the video told Mary to throw the hat up into the sky, pretending it was the absolute best day of her life.  She did it in one take.  That hat represents Mary's optimistic outlook, but also, her rebellion.  She's gonna make it on her own!

I knew the logo of the Mary Tyler Moore show they show at the end of the song, and I remember the little kitty meowing. But as I kid, I never got the reference they were so cleverly making.  I learned from the book that the creators were being funny, mimicking the MGM logo and it's roaring lion.
MGM, roaring lion
MTM, purring kitty
Have a happy Monday, and I hope, like Mary, you can go turn the world on with your smile!


Melissa Sarno said...

This is one of my favorite shows of all time and the theme song is amazing. I recall there being a different theme song season 1. That's such a cool fact about MGM and MTM. I LOVE THAT! I have to check out this book.

Melissa Sarno said...

oh, to clarify, I should say, same song, but different video and lyrics.

Kerri said...

yep, i think they changed it too, melissa! i saw one on tv yesterday and i KNOW the video scenes were different.... altho still the hat throwing at the end in both! yay!

Unknown said...

We just watched an episode of 'Hot in Cleveland, when some of the Golden Girls, including Betty White, had dinner with Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Phylis, Georgine, and some other famous 1970's sitcom ladies showed in a bar that looked like Cheers. It was kinda funny with all old references, and these women talking like they all knew each other back then. Too funny.