Theme Music for the Superbowl PLUS My Constructive Criticism of the Super Bowl Half-Time “Show”


My wife, Alice Pfeiffer Deethardt, suggests that master composer John Williams compose a musical theme for the Super Bowl. The Olympic games has a fine musical theme that stirs the emotions for contests of physical prowess and sets the serious and dramatic mood for the games for athletes from around the globe in an unusual model of peaceful battle. The status of competition is elevated and given the dignity such an event deserves.

Why not have a musical theme for the Super Bowl, she asks. Copeland gave us the “Fanfare for the Common Man”. Francis Scott Key gave us our national anthem. We have also our many hymns to this land and democracy and the superbowl has become a part of it.

She and I, too, believe that this Super Bowl event has become so special that it should have a musical theme and give an added identity to the event.


I, personally, am tired of the same old same old predictable stuff, to please some but not all.. I thought the light show for the entertainment of the folks in the stands was stupendous. Must have cost a pretty penny. The crowd in the stands could participate in that, not actively but only empathetically. “Wasn’t that special.” That not even being a question, just Church Lady style.

OOOOOH the music. Forgettable, as usual, nothing more than siren-screaming and garbled words (you had to know the song, and if you do not get the words, you do not get the sentiment being delivered) and much loud banging out the beat, for that was the only aspect to recommend it as “music”. The noise made was absolutely “tuneless” and repetitive. Isn’t this event for everybody of all tastes?

The producers have absolutely no imagination. Is it within their limited minds ever to think of people who are not of that vast majority which fries its collective brain on the same style time after time, ad nauseum.

Now here is imagination! Bring on a symphony orchestra of the “pops” variety. Play all the American themes of this beautiful land without stopping, end-to-end, FOR AN AUDIENCE SING-ALONG!!!! Let the crowd become a 50-thousand voice, coast-to-coast chorus, and let them take that away with them. Show the words on the screen.

I once saw a Rice University half-time show at a football game. Such an orchestra was mustered instantly, in no time at all, string-bass and all, out of the woodwork, so to speak, a column of bunches.

What did they call it? The “scramble”? They had a special name for that half-time orchestra. Never had seen anything like it. VERY MEMORABLE! Way beyond the imagination of any or all half-time producers at such special events as the Superbowl. Now I remember. They were called “The Mob”.

WHAT A SHOW THAT WOULD BE, and in keeping with the game for everybody. That would be imaginative, for all to enjoy.

It’ll never happen. But we can imagine it, the unexpected.


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