After my last post, my son and I spent the night watching YouTube videos of just about every 90’s animation theme song. We began going through many of the DC Universe animation themes since this one was my son’s favorite.
Mine was the Superman: The Animated Series.
This theme brought me to Shirley Walker. She was one of the rare female composers of music and film in the 80’s and 90’s. She wrote the themes for Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, to name a few. She even wrote all the scores for the Final Destination franchise. She won a Daytime Emmy award for her Batman:TAS and Batman Beyond compositions. Overall, truly a pioneer for women composers, a master pianist, and conductor. She not only composed music but was the Conductor or Orchestrator of hundreds more film and TV themes. She was kind of impressive.
Shirley Walker passed away in November of 2006 in Reno, Nevada only eight months after her husband, Don, passed away. From what I read she had quite a nice life and musically very prolific. If you click on that link you can read all about her over there.
This then brought me to a channel that posts only 90’s theme songs and I found a bunch of anime theme songs and let me tell you… I kind of spent a lot of time just drifting from one theme to another, starting with the Chobits theme and then to Cardcaptor Sakura (of which I still own a two-CD set and it’s one of my favorite anime CD sets) and onward, until I found this post.
From the earliest Kimba, Speed Racer, onto Gundam series and Dragon Ball, to Ranma 1/2 and Sailor Moon, and possibly one of the best, Neon Genesis Evangelion theme, until now. It was a great compilation… and I realized I have seen just about every one of these shows up until around 2006. The 80’s and 90’s were the golden age of the best anime. Only recently have I been watching a few shows on Crunchyroll, but none really compare to those days.
I had a friend in the 90’s who used to make me mixed tapes in the 90’s of anime theme songs. I used to play Duvet by Boa (from Serial Experiment Lain) on replay all the time.
This was back when they didn’t have streaming sites like Crunchyroll, and now they’re on Hulu and Netflix. Back then we had to rent DVD’s at the local anime shop.
Again, nerd here.
Why am I posting this?
Please don’t read on if you don’t want the serious section of this post.
Well, I have been feeling nostalgic lately and this happens when your life is moving in a direction that you hadn’t planned on it moving.
You start to think, “remember when…?”
And that’s not always healthy if you dwell too long in the “remember whens” and the regrettable thoughts. Those enter.
I was watching a show where one of the characters stated, “Regrets are for those who can afford them.”
I remember thinking, “What a dumb line.”
Poor or rich, you can still have regrets. At least, since I’ve never been rich, I think that’s possible.
And its not that I have regrets as much as I wonder what would have happened if….
Do you ever do that?
“What if” can cripple a forward momentum. It can cripple the possibility of living in the “now” and present life you have, and the people that mean something to you now. You no longer can live in this present life because you are burdened with the possibility of “what if.”
You know the saying, “Stop and smell the roses?” It means stop and enjoy what you have.
Present living is very much a part of the Buddhist mind set. I am not a Buddhist, but I appreciate many of the teachings.
There is always something or someone worth being thankful for in your life and so appreciate those moments and those ones that you do have. Because when you don’t have a lot of money then you don’t have a lot of “things” to blind you to what matters. There should be less getting in the way…? Maybe?
At least, that’s what I hope.
I live a very monastic life. I don’t own much of anything. But I have people that I love so much in my life. I would never replace one of them because they mean everything to me. If someone told me, “Well throw away that person to make room for another person,” why would I do that? Why can’t you love and have multiple people in your life? More people make a more merrier life, right?
“The more the merrier,” as Robin Hood would say? 😀
When I was young my mom dated a man who didn’t like that she had five children. So she dumped him. Yeah, that was the right answer. He wanted her to abandon her kids for him. There are probably women out there who have done this, but my mom wasn’t one of them.
Children come with the package of a mom or dad. If you want a relationship with a mom or dad then you have to accept their children. You have to enter the relationship with your eyes open.
I don’t share this much, but I have a son who is very mentally disabled. I’d say if you placed it on a scale of 1-10, I’d say it’s an 11. His father doesn’t help and he was denied disability. It has just gotten worse and I know I will always have to care for my adult son. It’s made me appreciate the little moments. and those in my life who bring a little sunshine my way. But I know, nothing lasts forever. All I have is “now.” The “what if,” and “if only,” doesn’t change what is now.
Have a good night Blue with good searching! 🙂 I hope you eventually find what you are looking for in this life.