In my opinion, one of the all-time emotional, heartwrenching pieces of music for skaters to perform to is Barber's "Adagio for Strings". This piece of music was chosen by Judy Blumberg and Michael Siebert (former US ice dance champions and three-time World bronze medalists) for a competitive routine after they had turned professional. I saw this routine, and it was mesmorizing - just beautifully skated, with a lot of emotion.

I'm also recalling that "Adagio for Strings" was part of the sountrack for the Vietnam War movie "Platoon", and this music was aired during one of the more gruesome battlefield scenes. I think of our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, with the mounting casualties, and this music automatically comes to mind.

This isn't meant to be a "political post", folks. No sermon intended.