Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
This Sunday is the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Alas there is a shocking lack of horse representation in this year’s films. Other than Disney’s animated short, “Get A Horse!” we equestrians are out of luck. It’s enough to make a horse lover long for the days of Spirit, Seabiscuit, War Horse, or even a western flick.
But we are not ones to wallow! Instead let’s celebrate the equestrian best of Academy Awards past. In this week’s 100% Sound playlist, I’m sharing the top ten all time best original song nominees for horse lovers. Our journey begins where you might expect – in the old west. The western was a staple of early Academy Award-nominated performances, and best songs were no exception. The first four tracks of this playlist will give you a flavor.
From there, things get a bit more fun with “Blazing Saddles” from the hilarious Mel Brooks movie of the same name. Sure, this is a western song, but definitely don’t take it too seriously! And then there was “Blaze of Glory” by Bon Jovi. Jon turned those cowboys into rock stars in one foul stroke of his electric guitar. What’s not to love about that?
The next three songs provide soulful tracks from exceedingly talented singer/songwriters – two of which have already appeared on other 100% Sound playlists. We heard from Glen Hansard before with his solo track “Races.” Here he performs “Falling Slowly,” with Markéta Irglová for the film Once. Now before you say, “Wait a minute. That’s not a horse song!” I have a defense. As you may recall from earlier posts, Mr. Hansard’s famously beat up guitar is lovingly called “The Horse,” and that horse is all over this film!
Ryan Bingham, the quintessential Counter-Canter Culture equestrian, once again finds his way into a 100% Sound post, this time with his 2009 Academy Award-winning tune, “The Weary Kind,” which he handcrafted for Crazy Heart. And the playlist closes with the nominated song “Coming Home,” from Country Strong. While this particular song has never appeared on my playlists before, another fabulous song from this film served as a title track – “Timing Is Everything.” How could you forget Garrett Hedlund singing?
So there you have it – my top ten all time best original song nominees for horse lovers. Did I miss one of your favorites? Jump over to Facebook to join in the discussion.
Get the full playlist on Spotify here: Top Ten All Time Best Original Songs For Horse Lovers
1. MULE TRAIN sung by Vaughn Monroe for the film Singing Guns (Nominee 1950)
2. HIGH NOON (DO NOT FORESAKE ME, OH MY DARLIN’) sung by Tex Ritter for the film High Noon (Won 1952)
3. SECRET LOVE sung by Doris Day for the film Calamity Jane (Won 1953)
4. TRUE GRIT sung by Glen Campbell for the film True Grit (Nominee 1969)
5. BLAZING SADDLES sung by Frankie Laine for the film Blazing Saddles (Nominee 1974)
6. BLAZE OF GLORY by Bon Jovi for the film Young Guns II (Nominee 1990)
7. A SOFT PLACE TO FALL by Allison Moorer for the film The Horse Whisperer (Nominee 1998)
8. FALLING SLOWLY by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová for the film Once (Won 2007)
9. THE WEARY KIND by Ryan Bingham for the film Crazy Heart (Won 2009)
10. COMING HOME sung by Gwyneth Paltrow for the film Country Strong (Nominee 2010)