Without further ado, it’s time for the annual Be The Boss of Me poll. This year you’ve had to work hard, which doesn’t come easy to you boss types. Instead of one poll with a few options, you’ve watched old music videos all week. You’ve made recommendations and rejected some of the weaker ideas, which I’m sure you’ll present to the board of directors later as your own and claim full credit, but that’s ok.
Now it’s time to decide my fate. Hey, it’s not like I’m asking for a raise or the corner office. Just a theme song is all I ask.
Need a reminder about the choices? Check out this handy voter’s guide I prepared over lunch. So, yeah, about that raise.
Handy Voters’ Guide
Get Ready, The Temptations
Devil In the Blue Dress, Mitch Ryder
Cynical Girl, Marshall Crenshaw
59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy), Simon & Garfunkel
Dandelion, Antje Duvekot
Teacher, Teacher, Rockpile
Write-In Candidates from some Bosses of Me (They are the BoMs.)
Special thanks to the sunshiney midwesterner and the chip-kickin’ Texas women for their suggestions.
Powerful Stuff, The Fabulous Thunderbirds / Jimmy Vaughan — (Linda of Shore Acres)
Galway Girl, Steve Earle– (Domer’s Mom, Debbie) — This links to the Gerard Butler scene from the movie P.S. I Love You.
You Can’t Resist It, Lyle Lovett and Leo Kottke (Valentine Logar)
Ready, set, be the boss of me!
Poll closes Sunday, August 4 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. The theme song reveal will be posted on Monday.
And just for fun, the Also-Rans
Fever, Peggy Lee —
Why I considered it: The intention-setting factor
Why it’s not a finalist: It’s Peggy Lee’s theme song.
Penguins, Lyle Lovett
Why I considered it: C’mon. Who doesn’t love penguins?
Why it’s not a finalist: I didn’t think of it until Val suggested Lyle Lovett.
Why I considered it: What, you doubt that?
Why it’s not a finalist: My P!nk moods are fleeting.
Might As Well Have Fun, Alice Peacock
Why I considered it: Carpe diem!
Why it’s not a finalist: The only video I could find has two minutes of talking at the beginning. If you click the link, the song starts around 2:15. It’s worth it!
Why I considered it: Because it’s been my true theme song since a pact I made with some friends when I was 20-something. That opening line is particularly brilliant.
Why it’s not a finalist: Too schmaltzy. Come to think of it, that probably suits me fine. If my moment involves sharing the spotlight on a remote beach with the baby sea turtles I’m rescuing, this will fit. Otherwise, it’s just a dreamy song.
Why I considered it: Peace is always a good idea.
Why it’s not on the list: I’ve written about that song twice before. I’m not really as obsessed with it as that sounds.
Bright Baby Blues, Jackson Browne
Why I considered it: Hello? They’re up here.
Why it’s not a finalist: Also schmaltzy, plus there’s a drug reference and good Lord do I have trouble enough convincing you people I’m not really a hippie.