This is Part 7 in the new and improved 'The Soundtrack Of My Life' (or, 'TSOML').
When I put together my original 'Soundtrack Of My Life' for my old 'STUFFS' blog in 2010, it never even occurred to me to use today's song. But then again, that "soundtrack" was tossed together quickly and all in one post. This time I've had the ability to contemplate which songs to include over a much longer period of time.
Today's song is really kind of a no-brainer (and no-brainer me finally figured that out).
As most of you probably know, the television show M*A*S*H played a pretty big part in my life from 1978 until its final episode in 1983 (Season 7 through Season 11). Although I do not think it so, I suppose many people would think it the most noteworthy part of my life. However, I didn't really appreciate the situation I was in until years after it had concluded. I had bigger dreams, and I was sure at the time that M*A*S*H would ultimately be nuttin' more than a footnote in my life.
The best-laid plans o' dogGs and men..., eh?
At any rate, I worked on the show continuously during its last five seasons, and I could probably spot myself in almost every episode during those years. If you were a huge MASH fan, then I have been in your home. Ha!
In a few episodes I was impossible not to see (I would say something, and/or there was a big close-up of my face), in other episodes you'd miss me if you didn't know where to look (I'm just tossing a football in the background in front of "The Swamp").
How could I have neglected to use this in my first 'Soundtrack' blog bit? In a way, this instrumental actually WAS my life for 5 years:
Did you know that the MASH theme music was derived from a song with lyrics written by Johnny Mandel? Listen to this and you may never think of the MASH theme music the same way again:
I thought this was a cool video that the gentleman put together after visiting and filming at Malibu Creek State Park, where we shot most of the exterior scenes for MASH. This video will show you what the exterior set looks like today.
I never really liked it when we shot in Malibu. Why not? Because that was about a 40-minute drive from my house. When we shot interiors on Stage 9 at 20th Century Fox Studio, it was just a 10-12 minute drive from home for me.
Two vivid memories I have of being at the outdoor set in Malibu: 1) One morning I was getting into costume inside the Post-Op (Hospital tent) where the Wardrobe Dept. was also located, when I picked up a newspaper and saw that John Lennon had been shot and killed. 2) It was also in the Post-Op tent where I was drawing in my sketchbook between shots one day that Gary Burghoff noticed my art and he struck up a conversation with me. He was a very, very cool guy and I got to know him and like him better'n any of the other primary actors on the show.
This is an interesting video from "behind the curtain" when we were filming the very final MASH scene ever. When the director yelled "Cut!", it was the end of the popular TV show MASH.
Look closely and quickly and you will see me. At 3:37, there are three women on the right side - a blonde woman at the forefront - the tallest person there in that line is a dude-guy, and that dude-guy is me. Also, at 7:06, when Father Mulcahy is yakking, you can see a sliver o' me in the background, between his back and the camera lens.
A full blog bit 'bout my M*A*S*H S*T*U*F*F*S
can be found here:
TSOML #1 - Prelude To An Introduction
TSOML #2- Introduction
TSOML #3 - 1959
TSOML #5 - 1974
TSOML #6 - 1978
For more TSOML participants, visit the blog of GIRL WONDER ('Your Daily Dose') by clicking HERE.
~ Stephen T. McCarthy