Nathan Towne’s Triumphant Theme Song Collection Is Instant Classic

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

SANTA MARIA, CA – Nathan Towne recently began taking suggestions from his friends as to what new songs he should tackle. Towne, wanting to do something a little more challenging than just normal covers, decided to enter into a different genre, one of often overlooked classics. These underdog medleys are the songs that fill the soundtracks of our lives, and take us back to a simpler time and place with no work or responsibilities. All we had was time, and we used it to enjoy our favorite shows. We reveled in the mischief of the sitcom kids, and wished those understanding parents were our own, and most of all we sang at the top of our lungs with anticipation to every single theme song we knew… whether they had words or not. This beautiful nostalgia may or may not have been the reason for Towne to pick up this particular melodic challenge, but either way I’m glad he did. I’m positivie I was a little too excited upon viewing the first jingle he tackled to one of my personal favorites, The Simpsons, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Check out the beautiful rendition that turned me on to Towne’s classic theme songs as well as the rest of his collection below. The following videos are a beautiful assortment of theme song melodies which are the product of Towne’s challenge collection to date…

The Simpsons

Nathan’s second video for the Super Mario Theme Song was also an immaculate piece of work, and was accompanied by the following invitation to his followers, “Is there a movie/tv/video game theme song or any other tune you wanna hear me try on this gitfiddle? #supermario #themesong #nintendo #backintheday”.

 Super Mario Theme Song

I Love Lucy

Trailer Park Boys

The Legend of Zelda

The Godfather… this one seems a little extra special… a few of us are still wondering how the heck Towne makes his fingers move like that!!!

Family Guy Theme Song

His last and most prodigious achievement to date is a lovely Star Wars medley in under 60 seconds. Again he accompanies it with an open invitation to “Keep the suggestions coming”, and there’s no doubt that it will be a long time before anyone is able to stump the genius that rests in the fingers of Nathan Towne.

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Nathan Towne performing at Melonfest 2015
Nathan Towne performing at Melonfest 2015
Nathan Towne performing at Melonfest 2015

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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