Now that I’ve taken a 5 hour “nap” I feel that I’m ready to sit up all night talking about stuff that doesn’t matter — like my Intellivision. It was only until about 45 seconds ago I found out that it’s a portmanteau for “Intelligent Television.” I don’t know when my family got ours but it came out in the late 70s right after the second-generation Atari. Here’s a picture I stole off a website.
Looking at this picture, I can still smell this console. It has a distinct yet charming scent like that of the plastic VHS tapes or a new CD. I remember sitting on the wood floor in front of our enormous TV (not in screen size, but that actual unit being more than half the size of a fridge and weighing probably twice as much) and switching back and forth from watching Muppet Babies to playing games like Pitfall.
Whew, look at him go. I really like old consoles that have controllers that look like they were designed by an accountant. My brother got a Super Nintendo after the Intellivision and then came the Sega Genesis which was the source of every fight had for the following years until I eventually got a N64 and he got a Playstation. Ask him about the one time he paused his PS game and I unpaused it and tried playing when he was out of the room and stripping him of his lives. 🙂
Also, I’ve gotten completely sidetracked while writing this post bouncing around listening to Trevor Jones (Dark Crystal), Thomas Newman (Road to Perdition, American Beauty), and Richard Marvin (Six Feet Under). Here’s a link to what appears to be a Richard Marvin fan account on Soundcloud. I’ve had a hard time getting ahold of the Six Feet Under show score and although there appears to be no evidence of its existence, I always check record stores in case a collection comes out on vinyl or even cassette, I don’t care. Thomas Newman did the theme but Richard Marvin did most everything else to my knowledge. It’s really close and sometimes I have a hard time telling their work apart aside from that Newman’s stuff is always just a little bit more depressing.
The first song, “Waiting Together” (and honestly, that might not even be its true name) is still hard to listen to after watching Six Feet Under. I will always recommend SFU and have yet to see another TV show have a series finale that people still praise.
Here’s one of Thomas Newman’s most famous songs (compositions? pieces? does it matter?) which comes from American Beauty BUT you’ll hear the similarities.
I seriously need to log off my computer entirely. I have so much work to do and I’ve sat here for two hours poorly comparing songs from movies and TV shows that were released or ended 15 years ago. Is anyone else sweating?
Okay thank you bye 143xox smooch