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:
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: