Year of the over-used music
Is this the year of the over-used music or what?
I've been distinctly disappointed watching the Grand Prix events as the Olympics approaches and seeing so many skaters from all four disciplines pulling out the been-there done-that catalogue of music, blowing the dust off of it and thinking it will make an appropriately serious Olympic statement.
So far on my list: Kevin Van der Parren - recycling not only Yagudin's old music, but what looks like his choreography as well.
Pang and Tong: my favorite of the Chinese pairs, but Phantom of the Opera? Yawn.
Navka/Kostomarov - Carmen? For the love of God, why? Very likely they will win the Olympic gold medal, ice dance being what it is, but they get a thumbs down from me for a most uninspired music choice and choreography to match.
Chait/Sahknovsky - Maybe they should get a few points just for nerve, but why oh why did they pick Bolero?
And an honorary category - the just dump that music because it does nothing for you category:
First in line, Joannie Rochette (who I love to death). Instrumental Madonna? Just say no.
Next in line: the wacky stylings of Evan Lysaceck to Grease. Awful mishmash of cuts, cheesy theme.
I'm sure I've missed a few, so feel free to add your own musical frustrations of the season.
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In the "just dump it" category, Brian Joubert's Lord of the Dance LP. The reason Plushenko wins everything is that he presents himself as a person of substance, not a twerp. Brian must do this, too, starting with his music and choreography.
Absolutely agree. Lord of the Dance comes off as music somebody else picked for him, not something he feels at all.
Originally Posted by Mathman
Kevin is skating to "Pirates of the Caribbean: this year. I don't think Alexei ever used it did he? If so, it was as a pro, I would think, since the music dates back to only 2003, after he retired. I think Kevin's SP is the same as last year's (isn't it?), which is his techno one- I don't think Yagudin ever used it, either. The choreography is another story- but the music hasn't been used by very many of the top singles skaters yet, (I think), although you hear it a LOT at the lower levels (and I did like Ken Rose's program last year).
As for Joannie- I LIKE her SP music- as long as you can't use vocals, instrumental versions of pop/songs will usually sound a bit musak-y. But It's never been used before AFAIK. If one is complaining about overused music- when someone uses something a bit different and original I say more power to them. It's certainly better than another Carmen, ballet/'opera or girly tinkly piano music!
Agreed...and I'm not saying that because I'm a Rochette fan either.
Originally Posted by cygnus