Sit Back and Rewind

Be immediately taken back to your childhood with this carefully constructed TV theme song medley by a Capella group Staught No Chaser.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMj1ZaWVc-8

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The Cost of Fame

7:00AM Western Time – Los Angeles, California. You’re 18. Your alarm wakes you up to start the day. You get out of bed and close your shades to ensure that nobody peers in your room while you’re getting ready. You can’t go outside without a hat and a pair of sunglasses, so after you grab those items, you prepare yourself for the walk to your car.

Your daily visitor
This is not an unusual site when you walk out your door.

You can hear the clicking of the cameras in the bushes but you keep walking. You quickly crawl into your car and shut the door, hoping that there will be no reporters hiding in your trunk today. It has become second nature to lock your doors. There’s a black Sedan clearly following you on your drive to work. You just want to be left alone.

But you suck it up. This is the price you pay for being famous.

Could you handle this lifestyle? I know I couldn’t. Yet as children, fame is all that many kids want. Growing up, we watched actors and actresses grace our screens with the assumption that they had it made. We thought that life looked so easy for them; why can’t it be that way for us?

What the media hid from us as children, however, is the reality of fame. Just like any other job, acting, music, athletics, or anything else in the public eye, comes with stress; now imagining experiencing all the stress of your job while also being constantly watched by the public eye. If you mess up, the whole world will know. And in many cases, that stress leads people to mess up even more.

From Michael Jackson to Britney Spears, we’ve seen celebrities let fame get the best of them. And when explained, it’s very clear why. A contributor to this article explains reality of fame in a multitude of understandable ways:”lonely; not secure; you have a bubble over you; family space is violated; a sense of being watched; living in a fishbowl; like a locked room; and, familiarity that breeds inappropriate closeness.” How glamorous does fame seem now?151881887

Now imagine having to deal with “living in a fishbowl” before you’re old enough to make your own decisions; before you know what fame fully entails, you have to experience it full force. This is what child stars have to deal with and it’s likely the reason why we see so many of them fall. 

The article linked above talks about the psychology behind growing up famous and besides the standard obstacles that celebrities deal with, there are multiple other problems that child stars must overcome.

They’re growing up on screen. I’ll use Lindsay Lohan as an example. She began acting before she turned 13. She started her career before she started puberty and from that moment on, the whole world was watching her grow up. Every excruciating painful memory we have of adolescence is what stars like Lohan had to experience in front of the whole world.

An app recently released by Lohan exposing the realities of fame
An app recently released by Lohan exposing the realities of fame

So yes, Lindsay Lohan has made mistakes and still isn’t perfect. But can you blame her? In many instances, she is just being a normal young woman growing up and finding herself in this world. Just recently, she was scrutinized for supposedly editing a photo of herself. Would a 20-something year old of little or no fame get so intensely criticized for such a seemingly insignificant act? Probably not. But because she’s under the public eye, any little thing she has done or will continue to do will be meticulously dissected. We all make mistakes; yet it’s believed that just because celebrities are perfect on screen means they have to be perfect in real life. And that unrealistic expectation can seriously damage somebody.

While there are celebrities that have been able to rise above the doom of fame, they have to make an immense effort just to stay normal. Think about it: the child stars who have maintained a positive reputation are being praised for doing what the rest of us normal folk do every day: maintain a sense of normalcy.

The pressure of being famous is clearly extremely difficult to handle and in many cases, is an unrealistic expectation. In some cases, for example Matthew Perry, talks about how acting is what’s kept him healthy. Although it was likely the pressures of fame that led to his notorious drug problems, he has learned how to deal with fame and his acting career is now what keeps him healthy.

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It’s okay to strive to be famous. There are a lot of positive aspects of fame. And it’s possible to maintain happiness as a celebrity. But it’s difficult. There are a lot of negative aspects of fame. Fame comes at a cost.

Everywhere You Look

In West Philidelphia I was born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days.

Hopefully you: 1. Knew I wasn’t talking about myself but “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” 2. Read that line in Will Smith’s raspy voice and 3. Have temporarily been brought back to the innocence of your childhood.

The infamous title image of "Full House", where the title of this blog derives from.
The infamous title image of “Full House”, where the title of this blog derives from.

Yes, television shows we grew up with are significant due to their characters, gentle comedy and story lines with a clear moral to take away. But a stand out factor of any successful, nostalgic television show is it’s theme song. And the theme song of a television show is where we harbor a lot of the memories of our past. The best way for me to elaborate on this is to use stand out examples:

“I don’t sweat, I glisten.” Unless you’re a die hard fan, you probably wouldn’t know where this quote comes from. But if I played the first two seconds of this video, you would instantly know it as the theme song from “Boy Meets World.” I won’t deny image of love came from the epic love story that is Cory and Topanga, and that Mr. Feeny taught me the most valuable lessons throughout my youth. But it’s upon hearing each of the “Boy Meets World” theme songs thatinstantly trigger our recollection of the timeless show.

The classic episode when Topanga, in trying to prove a point about looks to Cory, makes a decision she instantly regrets.
The classic episode when Topanga, in trying to prove a point about looks to Cory, makes a decision she instantly regrets.

Although the theme song for this show changed multiple times, each one is just as nostalgic. And the transformation in theme song represents the transformation in characters. We watched Cory, Topanga, Eric and Shawn grow up on screen and as we watched them mature year after year, we heard the theme song follow their maturation as well.

The ability to see into the future? Psh, that can’t be possible. At least that’s what I thought until “That’s so Raven” came to Disney Channel in 2003. Every episode, we followed Raven through vision after vision and laughed at her multiple attempts to prevent her visions from coming true. Now, the comedy of this show went a step above most Disney Channel or Nickelodeon shows of the time. But looking back, what I remember most about this show is the theme song. Unlike “Boy Meets World,” the aspect of this theme song that stands out to me is the lyrics and the visuals. The lyrics of “That’s so Raven” accurately described her situation and gave a synopsis of the show all while providing us, the viewers, with a chance for a few laughs with the video clips that accompanied the song.

Raven never got out of an episode without being punished in some sort. And as kids her age or younger than her, we related to her inevitable punishment. The lyrics hit home: “I try to save a situation then I end up misbehaving.” All kids struggle with trying to do the right thing and ultimately getting in trouble for it which is what Raven experienced in every episode. It was easy to relate to her struggles and every time that song is played, you can’t help but develop a soft spot for this teenager who’s just trying to do the right thing.

Whenever I hear the “Boy Meets World” theme song, I can’t help but smile and bob my head; I can still recite every word of “That’s so Raven”s theme song ten years later. There’s a sense of timelessness in every theme song that become an essential part of our childhood. So don’t let go of those memories that you experienced by watching some of your favorite television shows. They’re significant and hold a place in shaping who you are today.

We can all die happy: Jimmy Fallon Reunites Cast of Saved by the Bell

One of the biggest connections we find with people around us is our past. Jimmy Fallon played into this commonality by reuniting the “Saved by the Bell” cast, bringing viewers all around the nation back to the halls of Bayside High School.

The Nostalgia Blog

This is so far the greatest thing to happen in 2015 (and that’s saying something, I found $5 the other day!). Jimmy Fallon has done it again reuniting the cast (or at least most of them) of Saved By The Bell. I want to drink whatever was in the water at Bayside because outside of Mr. Belding, everyone looks fantastic. I’m sure everyone has seen this by now, but if you haven’t give it a watch. There are some fantastic call-backs and references to other projects that the cast have done (cough* Showgirls cough*) that I don’t want to spoil, so just watch it!

Noticeably missing are Lisa and Screetch. While I haven’t heard any reason to why, I’m sure Dustin Diamond (Screetch) was out because everyone hates him. As for Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), I’m not sure but I doubt anyone would recognize her based on how…

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