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  • What's your theme song?

    If you could choose a song for each of the three phases, what would they be?

    I haven't figured mine out yet, but the ipod will be on shuffle with the speakers when I'm out schooling this spring. Gotta find that song that puts me in the zone
    To be loved by a horse, or by any animal, should fill us with awe-
    for we have not deserved it.
    Marion Garretty

  • #2
    I have a couple different songs that get me in the cross country mood (though I never have a chance to listen them before x-country--just in the car, usually--or on my daughter's Ipod), but the song that resonates with me in terms of eventing in general is "The Climb", by Miley Cyrus. Especially as I get older, and it continues to get more difficult.

    Not a "Golden oldie", but the message is very apropros.
    "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

    "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")

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    • #3
      Hhhhmmm - well, I don't really have a particular song for each phase, but for getting me in the mood...

      "I don't care" by Apocalyptica for the dressage (love love love that cello! and overall music). That cello......

      Stadium / warm up schooling "Rise Above This" by Seether is my fave song to school to...

      and for XC - Three Days Grace "Animal I Have Become" ("somebody get me through this nightmare, I can't control myself....") cracks me up every time and gets me nice and relaxed to go forth and conquer.
      Originally posted by SmartAlex

      Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.

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      • #4
        Trainer and I HAVE to listen to Learnin' To Fly by Petty everytime we go somewhere, or if at a show, before every phase. This was her last eventer's show name. We have accidentally forgotten to bring it along a couple of times and the day turned horrific. Now the superstition sticks. If the trailer is attached, Learnin' To Fly is a must (this is 15 years running!
        Honey Badger don't give a s*#^!

        "..a three-day event is not a test of speed and endurance, it is a test of character" ~JW

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        • #5
          Dressage: "Let's see how far we've come" (part of the lyrics are "I believe the world is coming to an end, oh well, I guess we're going to pretend"--seems to suit my dressage)

          XC: "All-star"

          Don't have a show jumping song yet, but I need one--I tend to hold my breath show jumping!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Painted Hill View Post
            Trainer and I HAVE to listen to Learnin' To Fly by Petty everytime we go somewhere, or if at a show, before every phase. This was her last eventer's show name. We have accidentally forgotten to bring it along a couple of times and the day turned horrific. Now the superstition sticks. If the trailer is attached, Learnin' To Fly is a must (this is 15 years running!
            Learning to Fly! GREAT song Great sentiments, I can understand your feelings about it.

            Love it! A classic, in its way (Tom Petty is a great songwriter, and a smart and thoughtful musician.)

            There are so many songs that people mention that either A) I have never heard of--or HEARD, or B) are (IMO, cough) strident, derivative, or formulaic modern crap--or rap-based (um, "stuff"); it just doesn't move me or affect me, in any way!

            But this is probably because I am old, and sentimental, and love Classical Music and QUALITY pop/rock/alternative music (even if it is modern) *PROVIDING* that it is well written and stirring, and has a good melody and poignant, meaningful lyrics.

            I will be interested in hearing others weigh in (this topic has been covered many times in the past), and especially older (well middle-aged) people. I have a teenager at home who listens to music ALL THE TIME, and who has introduced me to some newer stuff. But the thing is, she has eclectic (and IMO, GOOD!) taste, and likes the older stuff as much as (or more than) the newer stuff!

            It's all about quality, folks, and though this is a *very* personal choice in terms of what motivates you as far as eventing (and songs to ride by), it would be nice to hear some classics mentioned. Songs such as "Learning to Fly"
            "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

            "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")

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            • #7
              I don't think it's really my theme song, so to say... but me and my friends always listen to The Lion King soundtrack, with a huge focus on "Hakuna Matata" while on the way to a show. It's become something of a tradition, I suppose.

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              • #8
                Dressage: Liberatio - Krypteria
                SJ: Defying Gravity - Wicked
                XC: Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

                Though my favorites tend to rotate....

                Dr. D - Miley Cyrus? You can hardly admit to liking to her and then start waxing poetic about your own musical taste.
                "Why would anybody come here if they had a pony? Who leaves a country packed with ponies to come to a non-pony country? It doesn't make sense!"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Scaramouch View Post
                  Dressage: Liberatio - Krypteria
                  SJ: Defying Gravity - Wicked
                  XC: Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

                  Though my favorites tend to rotate....

                  Dr. D - Miley Cyrus? You can hardly admit to liking to her and then start waxing poetic about your own musical taste.
                  True!

                  No, not a Miley Cyrus fan! REALLY, NOT!

                  But when I listened to this *particular* song, the lyrics really just hit home. If you haven't listened to it, maybe you should--and you umight see what I mean. Unless (like Miley!) you have had an easy life, without any "real" struggles or need to motivate yourself in spite of those struggles...Oh, wait...her DAD wrote this song. She does sing it effectively, though. I suspect that even though Billy Ray is kind of a "Himbo", he can probably relate to the lyrics a little more than she can, at her tender age--and with her level of privilege and entitlement. But I choose to look past that: good lyrics and a good song will always make an impression on me. ("Party in the USA", and its brethren? Southern rock/pop anthem(s), penned by/for a teenaged media queen? Kinda catchy, but, um, does NOT relate to me, or to eventers, or struggle, or anything of consequence.)
                  "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

                  "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Scaramouch View Post
                    Dressage: Liberatio - Krypteria
                    SJ: Defying Gravity - Wicked
                    XC: Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

                    Though my favorites tend to rotate....

                    Dr. D - Miley Cyrus? You can hardly admit to liking to her and then start waxing poetic about your own musical taste.
                    I NEED one for dressage....really, I do. Right now it would probably be the old Kate Bush "Breathing"....! (Crap, I just thought about the lyrics...uh, nuclear holocaust, anyone?!?)

                    I, too, have used the "Defying Gravity" from Wicked for SJ.

                    And lately, since this summer, I've had Green Day in my head a lot...so XC rotates between any of their, um, angry/loud songs. :-)
                    --Becky in TX
                    Clinic Blogs and Rolex Blogs
                    She who throws dirt is losing ground.

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                    • #11
                      My song

                      "I got a feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas - listen to it in the truck on the way to the show and it sets the tone for the entire day.

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                      • #12
                        Hampton's Song

                        Eminem's "We Made You" for XC and SJ...

                        I always refer to Hampton as a ROCKSTAR.. and he is very arrogant about the fact. It seems pretty fitting and strokes his ego before we go out on course.

                        When you walked through the door
                        It was clear to me (clear to me)
                        You’re the one they adore, who they came to see (who they came to see)
                        You’re a … rock star (baby)
                        Everybody wants you (everybody wants you)
                        Player… Who could really blame you (who could really blame you)
                        We're the ones that made you

                        (I edit the last line to " You're the one that made me" b/c I SO didn't make him...He's the one that has taken me places!)
                        ***************************************
                        http://www.stoneridgeeventing.com

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                        • #13
                          Nice hijack about your taste, Dr D - especially as you aren't the OP here.

                          Fortunately, I keep my Dressage Freestyle music a closely held secret.... not that your opinion would matter much to me there - but the judges (even the "S"s) love it..... and I love to ride to it.

                          And afterall, MY riding is about MY enjoyment...
                          Originally posted by SmartAlex

                          Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by oldenmare View Post
                            Nice hijack about your taste, Dr D - especially as you aren't the OP here.

                            Fortunately, I keep my Dressage Freestyle music a closely held secret.... not that your opinion would matter much to me there - but the judges (even the "S"s) love it..... and I love to ride to it.

                            And afterall, MY riding is about MY enjoyment...
                            Which is as it should be, and touche', oldenmare I have actually been restraining myself (and keeping my opinion to myself) for YEARS, now. About everything on the BB, basically (because I am chronically overly-tactful)--but *especially* about this particular topic (which is kind of a hot button issue for me, in that rap is profoundly distasteful IMO, with the exception of something like Kanya West's "Stronger"...) See? Even *I* can appreciated something that's good, even if it's not in my "preferred genre". However, I am fairly passionate about good music, so couldn't restrain from weighing in.

                            I have a teenaged daughter (15) who has a very wide, eclectic (as mentioned) and varied taste in music, and I applaud that. She mostly likes the same things that *I* like, and some things that I don't necessarily care for (maybe not right off the bat), but I may warm to them--and learn to appreciate them!--after hearing them and giving them a chance. I am NOT closed-minded. My 84 year old father is a lifelong musician, appreciates a variety of (good) music, and still plays--not trumpet any more, but Bass. In a 4 piece BAND, if you can believe it. He was the "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" in WWII, and played trumpet in High School. He was VERY good, in his day! I learned an "appreciation of music" at his knee, so to speak. He is himself an appreciator of all types of music, including Jazz, which is not necessarily my cup of tea--but when he and his band play the "Old Standards", it is touching and compelling. Not modern jazz, per se, but perhaps its precursor.

                            I will stick to my guns, here, in my opinion (and it is an OPINION! Which is why this is a BB, and there is room for everyone's ) that younger people often choose derivative modern songs to "ride by", largely because that is simply what they mostly listen to; they don't *know* anything else, don't have a sense of perspective or context (since they haven't listened to music from the last 5 decades--that $hit is UNCOOL!), and so literally haven't even HEARD enough of the wonderful music that has been created and written. They simply don't have enough basis for comparison, and tend to "embrace what they know and hear", today. No true context, IOW. My daughter is unusually open-minded, and listens to everything. I have encouraged that, but it's also in her nature to do this...I did not have this level of "musical maturity" at her age...Most kids don't!

                            "Music that one is inspired by" (especially when it comes to riding, and eventing!) is a very, very personal decision. I will try not to "dis" other people's choices, but please respect MY opinion too--and don't make the assumption that I am trying to hijack a thread because I "dissaprove" of someone else's preferences. I think there is room for *many* different opinions, , and I won't apologize for mine! As they say, "opinions vary"...)

                            I'm sure you are very passionate about your choice of music for your Freestyle, and even though the judges may (or may not, on ocassion!) applaud your choice, the bottom line is that it is meaningful to YOU--which is all that matters, really...
                            Last edited by Dr. Doolittle; Dec. 28, 2009, 10:22 PM.
                            "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

                            "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")

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                            • #15
                              Dressage - I Don't Believe You by Pink (if you ever saw our schooling session, it would make perfect sense)
                              SJ - Let it Rock by Kevin Rudolf
                              I still need one for cross country.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by seajay View Post
                                "I got a feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas - listen to it in the truck on the way to the show and it sets the tone for the entire day.
                                My song too! Listen to it in the truck going to events and in the mornings on the wsay to the shows. Great to get you pumped and in a good mood!

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                                • #17
                                  Ummmm... Molly Hatchet's Flirtin' With Disaster

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Trak_Eventer View Post
                                    My song too! Listen to it in the truck going to events and in the mornings on the wsay to the shows. Great to get you pumped and in a good mood!
                                    I ride hunters and jumpers, but i listen to "I've got a feeling" before every grand prix
                                    Music evidently transcends discipline
                                    best of luck in 2010

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                                    • #19
                                      Dressage = She Brakes For Rainbows - B-52s, it's a fun feel good song that is relaxing.

                                      SJ = Gold by Spandau Ballet, "always believe in your soul"

                                      X-country = Back in the Saddle Again by Aerosmith
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                                      • #20
                                        "Little Old Lady from Pasedena"...go granny go granny go granny go! Fits

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