There’s That Eerie Music Again…

I bought the Complete Far Side volumes right when they came out, but am ashamed to say that I’ve only read them once in their entirety. Being on a very tight budget, I’m now going through every book/DVD/VHS I own for entertainment.

I can’t remember if it’s the first or second volume, but there’s a cartoon of two men sitting in a boat in the middle of the ocean. Underneath them is a large shark, poised with its mouth open, ready to jump out. The caption below the cartoon reads something along the lines of, “Hey, there’s that eerie music again.” It’s a funny cartoon, but it also made me a little sad.

As a child, I hated the theme music from “Jaws”. It scared the bejesus out of me and it only took about one measure from my dad to get me screaming. However, I feel that if I’d had the opportunity to watch that movie with my grandpa, I would have found the movie to be hilarious at a much younger age.

My mom had taken my grandma and grandpa to see “Jaws” in the theater shortly after it opened. As the movie progressed, my grandpa took it upon himself to yell (in broken English) at the screen, “Get out of the water! Can’t you hear the music?! The shark is coming!” My mom was absolutely mortified; her saving grace was that it was the early matinee so the theater wasn’t full.

Coming across that cartoon brought a smile to my face. I miss my grandpa and to pay tribute, I always make sure I yell at the TV when “Jaws” is on.

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