Every Woman Needs a Theme Song. What’s Yours?

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Do you remember Ally McBeal's theme song? Ally McBeal was a TV icon for me. I loved the wit and the quirkiness of the show, and I loved the way music was used to convey–and sometimes instantly shift–emotion.

In the episode where the theme song is born, Ally's therapist tells her to find a song to make her feel better about, well, everything in her life.

The next day, Ally is walking to court on a busy Boston street when she starts hearing her theme song in her head. At the crosswalk, she inevitably breaks into a contagious dance, and the people waiting to cross, join her, even though Ally is the only one who can hear the song. The signal changes, and the crowd begins to cross the street, still moving to the beat of Ally's theme song,”Tell Him.” Ally's mood was instantly fabulous, and the power of the theme song was confirmed.

This was the moment the concept of a theme song was forever etched into my mind, and I couldn't possibly love it more.

Theme songs are about turning moments around (Ally's therapist said she needed one to hear in her mind whenever she felt upset). They're also about seeing how music and, specifically, theme songs are good for the soul, and a fun reminder to not take ourselves so seriously.

Psychotherapist and Relationship Coach Toni Coleman LCSW says, “Do you ever catch yourself humming a tune, seemingly out of nowhere? It just pops into your head and replays for a while, perhaps bringing a smile to your face, a shift in your mood, or a fun or poignant memory? Music acts as a trigger, evoking past experiences, people, and places, and these recollections can give you moments of peace and joy and help create a paradigm shift that enables you to see your present circumstances or challenges in a new way, opening a window to new goal setting and creative problem solving.”

With a theme song, you can purposefully conjure that tune bringing all of the good things that come with it right to you. There are so many reasons to love the concept of theme songs. Five women share theirs.

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Kristin Shaw is a freelance writer and blogger. She is a co-producer of the “Listen To Your Mother” show in Austin, was recently named a BlogHer Voice of the Year reader for 2014, and writes for the Huffington Post.

About her theme song, Kristin says, “It wouldn't be me if it weren't a rock song. I'd say ‘Right Now' by Van Halen represents me well. I'm at a stage in my life in which I'm more likely to go for my dreams and be present, and it's fantastic. This song, with its strong beat and simple lyrics, reminds me to live in the moment.”


Listen to Kristin's theme song: “Right Now” by Van Halen

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Heather Davis drives in the funny lane at Minivan Momma.

About her theme song, Heather says, “‘Manic Monday' by The Bangles would have to be my theme song. We are so busy that our lives border on the frantic in any given day that this fits us to a tee. Except that I don't take a train to work. And my lover would be my husband, and his bedroom voice would be telling me that we're out of milk or that the dog is laying on our clean laundry. Other than that, it's totally me.”

Listen to Heather's theme song:Manic Monday” by The Bangles

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Angela Youngblood is a freelance writer who documents the often hilarious adventures of her family of six on her blog, Jumping With My Fingers Crossed.

About her theme song, Angela says, “I chose ‘I Feel It All' by Feist as my theme song because it's a great anthem for all of us sensitive souls. For years, I felt shame for my emotionality, but now I embrace it. No more apologizing. I feel it all just like Fiest sings, and it's OK. Being a little more sensitive doesn't mean I'm sad all the time, and that's another reason I like this song–it's dancey. Being sensitive means I feel things a little deeper–joy and pain and empathy. Feeling it all can be intense, but it can also be beautiful.”

Listen to Angela's theme song: “I Feel It All” by Feist

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Keely Flynn is a Chicago playwright, freelance writer, and author who tends towards whimsical hyperbole (and at least one mention of The Hamburglar) at Lollygag Blog.

About her theme song, Keely says, “My current theme song (because it changes, oh, it changes) is ‘Timebomb' by Beck. While I'm in no danger of actively blowing up, I think it encapsulates the frenetic urgency of my life these days. Plus, it's fun as heck.”

Listen to Keely's theme song: “Timebomb” by Beck


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Kari Wagner Hoban is a writer at A Grace Full Life.

About her theme songs, Kari says, “‘I Go To Extremes' by Billy Joel or ‘Super Freak' by Rick James or ‘Thrift Shop' by Macklemore … BECAUSE I CANNOT MAKE A DECISION TO SAVE MY LIFE. This is why I picked these three. I'm all over the joint when it comes to, well, everything in my life. When I'm happy, I'm extremely happy. When I'm sad, I want all of you to be sad with me. THIS IS THE SADDEST ANYONE HAS BEEN EVER. This is how I've been my whole life. Yes, I'm aware there are meds for this. I like it. It makes me quirky yet lovable. And real. I'm the real deal. Not sure if that's a good thing. ‘Super Freak' because, along with the above, I freak out about EVERYTHING. My Listen to Your Mother piece was about this exact thing. But I'm really, really good at it. Freaking out, that is. But I think that song is more about being a freak in the bed than being a freak about crumbs on the floor. The last one is because I love me a good thrift shop, and I can THROW DOWN when that song comes on the radio. BOOM.”

Listen to Kari's theme songs: “I Go To Extremes” by Billy Joel, “Super Freak” by Rick James, and “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore

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Galit Breen is the bestselling author of Kindness Wins, a simple guide to teaching your child to be kind online; the TEDx Talk, “Raising a digital kid without having been one”; the online course Raise Your Digital Kid™; and the Facebook group The Savvy Parents Club. She believes you can get your child a phone and still create a grass-beneath-their-bare-feet childhood for them. Galit’s writing has been featured on The Huffington Post; The Washington Post; Buzzfeed; TIME; and more. She liv ... More

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  1. Shannan says:

    Loved Ally McBeal and had both CDs from the show. (Hangs head in shame) Love this post – great idea!


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