Page three: more music cues from "The Couple Next Door, with a peculiar piece of synchronicity at the end. The Mystery of the Five Notes!  


Hard to figure out the mood on this; another of those “all’s well that ends well” pieces, with some comically rueful sounds that indicate husbandly comeuppance, then the glorious fanfare that always ended a segment of popular entertainment. You can just hear "Brought to you by Clairol!" or some such important piece of information.
This one sounds hesitant as it begins; it’s like a dancer making the first few steps before the routine gets going. You suspect the composer used it for housewife-to-the-market situations, adding an element of grace to the fast-paced rigors of modern life. And then: fanfare!
They used this one frequently to end a scene or the show. Does the job. Interesting syncopation.
  Boilerplate with fanfare!
Hey, Frank, this one’s about piano lessons. Look in the index and see if there’s anything, y’know, highbrow. Classical.
Dad’s late! Where can he be? Well, this requires some music to indicate the passage of time. Get out the cue sheet . . . ah. Comic Time Passing:
More of that happy harried housewife music:
Comic travails of a masculine sort are best described with French horns:
The orchestration on this one - the bright glistening strings - is positively Mahlerian:

Now, something that will confirm to you that I have a mind incapable of forgetting the most inconsequential detail. I file my taxes at the last possible moment because I keep forgetting that it’s getting close to April 15, but I remember a music cue I heard twenty fargin’ years ago.

From "The Couple Next Door," a nice little piece of psuedo-Prokoviev-Peter-and-the-Wolf stuff. Listen to the end. The very end. Those five descending notes. I sat up when I heard that, and smiled.


Those five notes.

Here’s something I snipped from a DC Public Radio broadcast of X Minus One in 1992, using a digitizer the size of a deck of cards. This was like people taking photographs of the TV in 1965. I’ve had these clips in a folder that migrated across two decades of Macs, and I run into them once or twice a year when plowing through the buried files. The clips are marked haveadrink.wav and throwback.wav; the latter because the character says “he’s a throwback to the 20th century,” and the former because the throwback character says “ahhh, have a drink.”

And here's the credits for the X-Minus One episode. The voice wasn't familiar at all when I first heard the segment so many years ago.

It's like the voice of a friend now.