Rhianna sang "Please don't stop the music." I'm asking some skaters to do the exact opposite.
As music choices for the very (very!) important season ahead begin to trickle in, I decided to put out a public plea to skaters, if there is still time, don't pick the music that's been over used.
When I learned via Twitter that Akiko Suzuki would be skating to "West Side Story", I cringed. "Not again!" A guide for skaters to follow:
Let's begin with "West Side Story". Every season no less than three skaters/teams use this and rarely successfully. It's a hard piece of music to portray and I think it takes an 'American' flair to pull off. Even then it's tough. McLaughlin and Brubaker, a team with an abundance of said flair struggled a bit with it. Best to steer clear or seriously work very hard at it...I mean 3 times harder to maybe do it justice...but probably not.
"Carmen." Ugh! This piece was immortalized by Katarina Witt and I think it should have been retired for good right then and there...unfortunately it wasn't. Now, every skater since has felt the need to take a stab at it...some successfully, others not so. But the point is, it's overkill. Most of us are sick of hearing this piece of music. No reports yet of any "Carmen's"...let's hope it stays that way (not likely).
The Tchaikovsky version of "Romeo and Juliet" is scary territory. My one well concern with this piece is everyone uses that same adagio section (you know, the love theme) and it gets old. There are other wonderful parts of that music that are less widely used that I think work (think Daisuke Takahashi). Kimmie Meissner is in fact using this for her free skate, let's hope she makes a good music cut. The music from the movie "Romeo and Juliet" is also over used (think Takahiko Kozuka). If you're going to do "Romeo and Juliet," go with the more powerful Prokofiev version.
While it is a beautiful piece of music, "The Mission Soundtrack," sadly, needs to be retired. Ennio Morricone has some other gems...I'll suggest one below.
I'll mention a one more before making some suggestions. "Bolero" I think has to go as well. Like Witt with "Carmen," Torvill and Dean owned this piece of music and it should have been laid to rest right along with their final pose at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Even Ice God Evgeny Plushenko and Ice Goddess Michelle Kwan struggled making this piece of music work.
Some suggestions for skaters to consider..."Cinema Paradiso!" We can retire one Ennio Morricone piece for another. It's absolutely gorgeous music that begs to be skated to. The wonderfully bouncy "Die Fledermaus" by Strauss. I'm absolutely shocked fewer skaters use this piece, it's wonderful. I ask skaters to give Soundtracks a look. There are some amazing scores out there going unused, take a listen. And finally, a piece I've wished someone would pick up for years, "Spanish Caravan" by the Doors.
What music are you sick of? What music suggestions do you have? Sound off below!