It was snowing when I woke up this morning. The snow didn’t last, but it looked pretty for a few hours, which is really all I ever want from snow: to look pretty. Thank you for fulfilling your purpose, oh frozen flakes of ice.
Last night was a terrific night of telly, not just because Doctor Who returned in an episode that was enormous fun, if a bit too silly, and which re-introduced Donna to the TARDIS in the best way possible (was I the only one who got a little lumpy-throaty when she flew by her granddad? Yes? Alrighty then). However, even better than the return of David Tennant with his fabulous scribbly hair was the return of Battlestar Galactica to US TV.
I won’t spoil the premiere episode for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, but I can now say without fear of contradiction: Battlestar Galactica is the best programme on television.
That’s only because The Wire has finished, of course.
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I was playing with my iTunes earlier today while working on one of those features I keep whinging about having to write (I’m back in ‘work mode’ at last – phew) and it struck me that, while I have very diverse taste in music, a lot of it has something in common. According to my list of Most Played Songs, TV dictates what I listen to. Check out the evidence:
My Most-Played Songs
1) Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey) – heard it in the finale of The Sopranos and have played it non-stop ever since.
2) Ragged Ass Road (Tom Cochrane) – heard it in an episode of Due South and have played it non-stop ever since.
3) Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas) – heard it in an episode of Supernatural and have played it non-stop ever since.
4) Renegade (Styx) – heard it in an episode of Supernatural and have played it non-stop ever since.
5) Voodoo Child (Rogue Traders) – heard it in an episode of Doctor Who and have played it non-stop ever since.
6) From A Million Miles (Single Gun Theory) – heard it in an episode of Due South and have played it non-stop ever since.
7) In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Iron Butterfly) – heard it in an episode of Supernatural and have played it non-stop ever since. It’s also my ringtone.
8 ) King Of Spain (Moxy Fruvous) – nothing to do with TV whatsoever, just one of my favourite songs.
9) Us (Regina Spektor) – the soundtrack for a YouTube video I once watched which contained lots of clips from SF shows. I liked it. I bought it.
10) Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol) – What? It’s pretty!
I had no idea until I looked at this list that my tastes were so easily manipulated by my telly. What’s surprising is how much of an impact Supernatural has had on my listening habits; in 2005, I wouldn’t have known “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” from “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. I now have Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on my iPod, clashing boldly with my two Due South soundtracks (rarely away from my ears) and the music from The Dead Zone and Buffy (both the ordinary soundtrack and “Once More With Feeling”). And I’m not even going mention all those film soundtracks littering my computer…
In conclusion, I am quite obviously a TV junkie in more ways than I suspected. While I do listen to standalone music – everything from ABBA to The Zombies – the majority of my ear candy summons up a connection to a certain scene in a certain TV show.
Particularly if that scene involves two demon-hunting brothers or a Mountie.
Hmm. I think I just explained it.