~“Just because you hear the music…”~

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:41 AM.

Bonanza, The Big Valley, Rawhide, The Rifleman and High Chaparral all just make my blood pump. When I hear the theme to The Big Valley, I run to the television hoping to get a glimpse of “Audra Barkley.” You may think she is Linda Evans, but she’s not. She is Audra Barkley. The way she tilted her head was just too much for a little boy. Audra will never age.


Why did I start thinking about all of this?

The other morning, I heard the theme to The Magnificent Seven coming from the den. I got excited. I ran into the den hoping to see Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and the other three fellows who made up THE Magnificent Seven. The movie from 1960 is one of my favorite westerns. The theme by Elmer Bernstein gets me pumped up and wanting to put on a simulated leather holster belt and find my cap pistol.

My heart sunk.

It was a sequel with the same theme song. It was about the “Magnificent Seven,” but not THE Magnificent Seven.

My conditioned response was rewarded with disappointment. Pavlov rang the bell, I salivated – but I didn’t get fed. I had to put my cap pistol back in the wooden toy box and put my cowboy boots back in the closet.

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