Over the Christmas season, basic cable plays Star Wars & all the Harry Potter movies over & over & I am here for it. And my cat Sabu is here for it, too. He’d hop up on his ottoman & stare at the TV longer than I would, because I’ve seen them all 100 times & my phone requires my attention.
It’s my experience that cats, like all little boys & frat guys, love CGI. A dear kitty in my life many years ago, Katie, used to chase Discovery Channel’s CGI dinosaurs across the screen & behind the TV. Cats also really like R2D2. Baby Neil Cat sounded like him, & Sabu will approach the TV when R2 is on a rant.
So imagine my surprise to find that Sabu, after being put in his Pokeball backpack & taken to my mother’s house for Boxing Day, was utterly entranced by Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade. It’s not a CGI-heavy picture, as least not where we joined it, but he was watching with wrapt attention.
And that’s when it hit me. What’s the common denominator for the Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Indiana Jones franchises? They were all scored by John Williams.
My cat doesn’t like movies. He likes scores inspired by the work of Gustav Mahler!
As an experiment, I’ve been saying “Alexa, shuffle music by John Williams” before I leave the house every day for a week. And you know what Sabu has been doing?
Sleeping through the night. Not waking me up at 5 AM (except the one time he sneezed, poor dear). He’s been relatively cheerful and pleasant, which is saying a lot for that grumpy, fluffy, adorable jerk.
There may be something else at play, but I’m not taking my chances. My cat is going to listen to music from Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List & he’s going to cry all through the Luke & Leia Suite until it stops working.
I like sleeping.
I also do seriously burst into tears pretty much one measure into the Luke & Leia Suite. Here! See if you can stand it.