Friday, 29 August 2014

Why Aren't They Skating To This?: Pieces Of Music That NEED To Be Skated To


I don't know about you but personally I echo two time Olympic Gold Medallist Dick Button's sentiment when he famously said during the free dance at Skate Canada in 2003 that "every skater goes through a thousand CD's until they find the music that they want, and all too often they end up with Carmen". If not Bizet's "Carmen", then surely some other warhorse is on the musical menu every year more often than we'd like. In the 2014/2015 season, the culprit appears to be "Phantom Of The Opera". Despite a rule change to allow lyrics and open a whole new world of music to skaters, still skaters like Yuzuru Hanyu, Gracie Gold, Kanako Murakami, Takahito Mura, Michael Christian Martinez and Caitlin Yankowskas and Hamish Gaman flocked to Phantom Of The Freakin' Opera. I don't know. Call me old school (I am) but Brian Boitano and Robin Cousins set the bar pretty high with their interpretations of "Music Of The Night" and to me, it just seems anti-climactic to keep bringing it up after it's already been owned. Rather than be part of the problem and just complain endlessly about people overusing music, I decided to use the power vested in me as a figure skating blogger to be part of the SOLUTION and suggest 6.0 pieces of music that NEED to be skated to going forward:

"CARAVAN" BY PUCCIO ROELENS


Why: It's completely edgy and a completely 'out there' take on a Duke Ellington standard. If you insist on skating to something a million other people already have, why not go in a completely different direction and give it you're own spin?

Who Could Rock This: Jason Brown, Carolina Kostner, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje

"FOLLOW YOU DOWN TO THE RED OAK TREE" BY JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW


Why: It's hauntingly beautiful, no one has ever skated to do it and it creates such a sense of mood... a different time and a very darkly beautiful place. Vocals are allowed now... pick something that makes people's jaws drop with its beauty!

Who Could Rock This: Jeremy Abbott, Jeffrey Buttle, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue

"WHIRL-Y-REEL" BY AFRO-CELT SOUND SYSTEM


Why: It's instrumental, it's edgy and it's got that driving Afro/Celt beat that just commands your attention. Denise Biellmann skated to it one time and Robin Cousins choreographed the program so it can be choreographed to brilliantly... mark my words!

Who Could Rock This: Ashley Wagner, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Alena Leonova

"BLUES IN THE NIGHT" BY KATIE MELUA


Why: This cover of "Blues In The Night" is as steamy as I gets and just begs for long running edges and personality plus on the ice. It NEEDS to be skated to.

Who Could Rock This: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Joannie Rochette, Shae-Lynn Bourne

"SWEET LULLABY" BY DEEP FOREST



Why: This music is edgy, different and completely made for movement. The balance of the instrumental and vocal segments is superb and the music just evokes that sense of imagination that captures your attention wholly.

Who Could Rock This: Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, Shawn Sawyer, Adam Rippon

SENIOR MEN'S FREE SKATES TO DONNA SUMMER MEDLEYS


Why: WHY NOT? I'd LOVE to see more senior men's free skates to "Bad Girls", "She Works Hard For The Money" and "Hot Stuff". Wouldn't you? If it's good enough for Rosalynn Sumners, it's good enough for the world's best men.

Who Could Rock This: Just about anyone, honey!

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8 comments:

  1. Brian Boitano an INTERPRETATIVE skater? He was just a jumping machine.

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    1. I found his interpretation of "Music Of The Night" in particular to wonderfully interpret the music.

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  2. Why no CLASSICAL pieces instead of this pop rubbish?

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    1. It is a matter of taste, Sandra! Most of this music is in fact not 'pop' but moreso in the new age vein. I love classical music but I do feel much of it has already been explored at this point. Do you have any suggestions for unused/underused classical music you'd like to see more skaters use?

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  3. I think that Faure's piano music, especially his 1st and 13th Nocturnes and 3rd Prelude would have been ideal for Toller Cranston, John Curry or Janet Lynn.

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  4. Loved the Donna Summer medley and "Whirily Reel". Reminds me a little of Safri Duo, which Yagudin skated to. My favorite artist is this one:http://www.alexanderrybak.com My little fantasy is that someday he will write a violin piece for a very artistic figure skater, kind of like Edvin Marton did for Plushenko. Yagudin also skated to Rybak's music in an ice show.

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  5. I love the idea of Afro Celt Sound System. Pretty much any world beat/world music would be awesome, but ACSS has that drive that can be so great on the ice.

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  6. Thanks Marina and Jen! I LOVE Afro-Celt Sound System... you're right, they have that driving beat that would be fantastic! Will have to check out Alexander Rybak!

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