Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Arthur's Theme


Arthur's Theme (Best that you can do) ...This song has a way of sweeping me off to another time and place. It starts in my childhood and winds itself through my life all the way to my husband.

I grew up in the late 70's and early 80's when music was magical and movies were not age appropriate! But we watched them anyway.

The  movie Arthur came out in 1981 when I was seven. My dad was very much in to theater, art and music so he had no qualms with me seeing movies that might not be fitting for such a young mind. He allowed me to watch them because he could see artistic quality in almost anything. So, like many of our other weekend visits (my parents were divorced) he took me to the movies to see Arthur.

When my mom found out, she was less than pleased. I don't blame her now, obviously. But back then I could not see the problem. I mean, Arthur had a good heart. He was a good person and it was a sweet story. As an adult now I see how wildly inappropriate it was for my 7 year old eyes to see a movie about an alcoholic who drove drunk, frequented prostitutes and didn't actually work for a living. I get it!

After the mild disagreement settled, the memory remained. I loved the movie, especially the theme song.

When I met my husband in 2000, I fell madly in love with him. I love hearing stories about his childhood. One of my favorites is when he got a keyboard one year as a gift and he learned to play Arthur's theme. The very thought of my husband as a kid rocking this song on an 80's keyboard is almost too much for my heart to handle! He's kind of adorable.

I realize it must seem like no big whoop, this story of mine. But to me it's deep. I feel it ties us together. Connects us in some cosmic way. Something as simple as a song in common is a beautiful thing.

I have many Christopher Cross songs on my music playlists, but Arthur's Theme always stops me in my tracks no matter what I'm doing. I think of my husband when I hear that sound. Precious in my memory, forever.