I started listening to The Glenn Beck Program in 2003. One of the things that attracted me to the show was the opening music. It went something like “Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck. Yeah, he likes the sound of his name being rung..” or something like that. It was light-hearted and self deprecating- just like Glenn.
Over the years, the show has changed from political news and gags, to serious tutorials on Van Jones, Anita Dunn, Marxism, Progressivism, Communism, and lots of other important “isms.” The music has reflected these changes. The first change was to alarming telegraph sounds followed by the words of 40’s radio news reporters saying things like ”Something happening!” and “Oh the humanity!”, followed by droning and beat driven music. Not quite as cheerful and a touch ominous, but I understood the context and the homage to the history of the medium.
The alarm that the music sparked in me soon seeped into reality as I watched the country fall into peril overnight. I couldn’t help entertain the idea that Nostradamus was writing the music for the show. The music changed again a few weeks ago and this time it’s really creepy. Now it sounds like the musical collaboration of Nostradamus and Dracula.
The new music sounds a little like a rock anthem from the 80’s. The lyrics are “Just remember who we are.. we will be the key”, or maybe it’s “this is so cree-py”; I always mess up song lyrics. Then these sounds, that I can only describe as quiet nuclear bombs going off sounds, lead into some dark and stormy night piano playing. Did you know that if you play Pink Floyd’s album “The Dark Side of the Moon” to the movie “The Wizard of Oz” the music reflects the storyline in an eerie sort of way? I have discovered that Glenn’s new opening music lines up with the video for “A Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonny Tyler.
I hope that this music isn’t the harbinger of things to come. If so, we’re in for either one tragic ride into political hell or the perm is going to make a comeback. Either way, I think I need to listen to a little Air Supply.