Of course, being a kid that grew up in the ’60’s and ’70’s, I was familiar with the TV show Mission: Impossible and watched it pretty regularly, at least at first. It wasn’t so much the show itself, but the theme song, written by Argentine-born Lalo Schifrin, who also wrote the theme for another show from the ’60’s and ’70’s, Mannix.
The most common time signature used in music is 4/4 time. In fact, instead of seeing it written out, many times you’ll see a C in its place. Lalo got these two to swing a little differently: Mission: Impossible is written in 5/4 time, as is the song "Take Five." Mannix is a waltz, in 3/4 time.
You just knew I would turn this into a music post, didn’t you?