Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
Last weekend, I unveiled my Timing Is Everything playlist. In that playlist, I included two songs paying tribute to the fact that timing is crucial when preforming to music, most famously in dressage freestyles. Check out those songs, and the full playlist here:
Now, in honor of those songs, I’m sharing with you this weekend, my all time favorite freestyle routine. It was preformed by the incomparable Steffen Peters and Ravel. The soundtrack to this spectacle included Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil,” Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance,” and a brief interlude from Elton John’s “The One.”
“Viva La Vida” is probably more appropriate than you realize. This song makes reference to the Roman Calvary and the album of the same name includes the track “Death And All His Friends,” which is a reference to the four horseman of the apocalypse. But I think the portion of this song, regarding ruling the world is truly perfect in this arena.
As for “Sympathy For The Devil,” this track confines itself mostly to the lines “Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name,” which is a wonderfully bold line to take into any freestyle. And the Elton John interlude I love as well. “The One” includes the amazing line about horses: “And all I ever needed was the one, like freedom fields where wild horses run.”
But above all, I love the use of Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance.” I, for one, I’m pretty sure if Ravel spoke English, his first words would be “We can leave your friends behind ‘cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance, well, they’re no friends of mine.” Don’t you agree?!
So without further ado, please enjoy in its entirety, this wonderful freestyle from Steffen Peters and Ravel.