Today, while I was at work, I was listening to KJAZZ. The DJ played a series of excellent Miles Davis numbers to which someone had the bright idea to add forgettable lyrics. I've heard several jazz instrumentals that lyricists have felt needed words -- even silly, repetitive words. Reminds me of the folks who insist all black and white movies must be colorized. Also reminds me of a user comment I read on an instrumental piece that Itunes offered as its free download of the week. It went something like: "This is a song?!! WHERE ARE THE WORDS?"
Apparently some folks feel that instrumental TV themes need words too. My cousin Lee Goldberg recently discussed a piece of BARNABY JONES fan fiction purportedly co-written (or at least written based on the notes of) Buddy Ebsen. The book included fan-drafted lyrics to the Barnaby Jones theme, which included these apocalyptic verses:
And sudden death waits in the street,
one man alone will roam the byways
confronting crime he must defeat
Barnaby, Barnaby -- what driving force has set your pace?
Barnaby, Barnaby -- can one man save the human race?"
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