I went to Disneyland yesterday with my son Sam (9). We were waiting in line at the Indiana Jones ride, and, if you haven’t ridden it, one of the things they have in the waiting area is a dimly-heard radio program about the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, or whatever the thing is called that you’re about to walk into. In between broadcasts of the pretend news-show, they play Benny Goodman Glenn Miller (see below).
When “In the Mood” came on, Sam asked “What is this?” looking like someone had poured coffee into his Orangina. I said: “This is Benny Goodman Glenn Miller, this is a song that was really popular when Indiana Jones was doing the things he was doing. So they’ve got this pretend radio broadcast with this kind of music to get you ‘in the mood’ for the ride.”
Sam: “But Indiana Jones wouldn’t listen to stuff like this.”
And then it occurred to me: What would Indiana Jones listen to? I tried to picture him listening to any of the contemporary popular music of the day and drew a blank. I tried to picture him listening to classical music, but again nothing. I could imagine his father, Henry Jones Sr, listening to Bach and chiding young Indiana for not appreciating its precision and beauty, but as far as what Indiana Jones would listen to while grading papers or driving from place to place, nothing came to me.
So I turn to you, dear readers. I know there are Indiana Jones comics and novels and role-playing games and God knows what else — is there ever a mention of what Indy listens to?
(He sits through Willie Scott’s Cole Porter number in Temple of Doom, but he’s not there to listen to music, he’s there to deal with the nightclub’s owner, the vile Mr. Lau.)