Pro wrestlers have them. Baseball stars have them. Guests on 1970s talk shows have them. Entrance music, theme songs, walk-up songs. Whatever you want to call them, they’re the music that plays (even if only in your head) when you walk into a room, or a club, a party, or into the ring. Even presidents and queens have special songs that get played when they make an entrance. I believe it’s long past time for folks like you and me to have our own entrance songs. I’ve felt this way for a long time. For example, back in the day, this was my song for walking into La Mere Vipere at 12:30 am with a heart full of napalm:
As I got older and more sophisticated (!), my walk-up music changed somewhat, but my unwarranted self-esteem did not fade. I worked in academia and back then they still had cocktail parties and receptions and faculty teas, and this became my theme song.
Once I got past certain level of professional success that involved having to BS a bunch of credentialed people, I let my ego out in full effect. I hadn’t met my wife yet at this point, so my entrance song reflected a certain je ne sais quoi (which I believe is French for “guy full of shit”)
Now here it is the end of 2020, a plague year spent in isolation. I’m expecting 2021 to be a year of re-emergence (eventually). At this point I’m thinking of hanging a bluetooth speaker from my belt and blasting this song every time I leave the house next year.
So let’s have it: WHAT IS YOUR SPECIAL ENTRANCE MUSIC? Remember, DUAN is a judgement-free zone, so don’t be afraid to display a little ego. Or, if you’re a shrinking violet like me, your walk-up song can reflect that too. Either way, you are the straw that stirs our musical drink, you magnificent creature you.
And as the great Allen Iverson once said, while stepping over Tyronn Lue after AI had juked him onto his butt following a score in the 2001 NBA finals, “THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING DEADSPLINTER AND DUAN!”