Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
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Featured Artists from the Playlist: Muse and Other Lives
The use of cavalry horses has thankfully diminished after the horrors of World War I, but the sound of thundering hooves remains synonymous with battle and showdowns to this day. Songs from 100% Sound artists Muse and Other Lives prove this point.
Though futuristic in nature (Cydonia is a region of Mars), “Knights of Cydonia” starts off with horse whinnies and carries a galloping horse baseline. In fact, the song is strongly influenced by the work of Muse lead singer Matt Bellemy’s father. George Bellemy was member of the 1960’s instrumental pop group, The Tornadoes, best known for their hit song, “Telestar”. George also wrote one of the space age pop hits for the group called “Ridin’ The Wind,” which features a similar galloping horse baseline and a whinny flourish at the close. See if you can hear the similarities on these two tracks.
Muse – “Knights of Cydonia”
The Tornados – “Ridin’ The Wind”
It’s a small world when it comes to horse music. It turns out that “Ridin’ The Wind” is also an influence for Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western sound. And, if you are following along with 100% Sound, you know by now that Morricone has inspired so many great equestrian tunes. “For 12” by Other Lives is yet another example. The acoustic strumming and hoofbeat rhythms of this song pay tribute to Morricone, while accompanying scenes of out of this world experiences. Somehow that all makes perfect sense after this music lesson.
Other Lives – “For 12”