Ski Sunday earworm

I was thinking about skiing for some reason yesterday, not that I wanted to do it but I was pondering on why I didn’t when so many people say it’s such fun and I recounted my one and only surprisingly not embarrassing experience on a dry ski slope. This prompted my cousin to agree with me but add that she loved watching winter sports on TV especially the Winter Olympics. I had forgotten that when I was younger, I’d enjoyed it too, the Winter Olympics, where the Brits did have the occasional success, but particularly a BBC TV programme called Ski Sunday. Thinking this immediately aroused a sleeping earworm, the theme tune to the programme. I wonder if me mentioning it now has woken that same earworm for you?

Ski Sunday was first broadcast in 1978 and to my astonishment, it’s still being broadcast!! I hope this link works from a couple of weeks ago, Sunday 21st February, 2021:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000slkn

Ski Sunday came out of  the coverage on BBC tv of the 1976 Winter Olympics, and the commentators then (and I can still hear their voices now I’ve thought of them) were mainly  Ron Pickering and David Vine. I’m sure the programme must have inspired so many people to have a go at the different sports and now it’s so popular, and so many take a winter holiday every year just to visit various mountains and go up them in a ski-lift and down them on skis. What I can’t rid of now is the theme tune, called ‘Pop Looks Bach’, described as iconic, and written by Sam Fonteyn and first recorded in 1970 – not as a them tune or even for the BBC. It was maybe inspired by Bach, and certainly is similar to his Fugue in D Minor and when it was first recorded there was a church organ included in its production. It’s been re-mixed and sampled so often, and crops up in all sorts of shows, adverts etc. There was even what you might call an American religion-oriented radio show (that’s what Wikipedia calls it) used it as its introduction in the 1980s.  

Here’s Fonteyn’s composition:

…and here is Mr Bach’s:

3 Comments

  1. Klausbernd

    Dear Lois,
    we love skiing. Like all children around us, we learned skiing and skating when were about four years old. Later we lived in Arctic Sweden and Finland. When we visited our friends we went by ski, of course. For us cross country skiing and alpine skiing as well is pure fun. But here in Britain we never experienced a real winter. It’s never really cold under minus twenty at least to have this clear air and beautiful magic snow. Therefore we go in wintertime up North. Well, one can get addicted to real winter and skiing. Actually to skating too.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Lois

      That must have been so wonderful to have learned it from being children, for all the family to be skiing together! I’ve never been in such cold conditions, minus twenty sounds really chilly – but I guess you were all wrapped up nice and snug and warm! I have friends who are addicted to skiing – they go at least twice a year, and travel to different countries. I also have friends who live in Washington States so skiing is what they do throughout the winter every year – they always look as if they are having such fun.
      When I was little and living in Cambridge, in the winter the fens and sometimes the rivers froze and everyone went skating, I remember my dad tying a scarf round his waist and I held on and he skated and pulled me along, we seemed to fly across the ice!!
      Love to you, dear Fab Four of Cley! x

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      1. Klausbernd

        Dear Lois,
        skating in the Fens sounds great. They had a tradition in The Netherlands to skate from city to city on the canals in times when we had real winters.
        When living in Northern Sweden and Finland winter was the time we were most of the time outside skiing, skating and sledging. We had lots of fun building igloos, snowmen and had fierce snowball fights.
        Love to you. Wishing you a wonderful weekend
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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