Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
Lately I, like much of the rest of the world, have been a bit distracted from my regular pursuits by the massive world event known as the FIFA World Cup. I’m repeatedly struck not only by the unbelievable action on the pitch, but also by the multimedia blitz that surrounds the event. There’s the games, the gear, the targeted commercials, and even a full 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album!
Naturally, with the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy fast approaching, I’m wondering how to transfer at least a piece of this energy to the eight horseback riding disciplines that will soon be on display in France. Here at 100% Sound, of course I say, “Let’s start with the music!”
Normandy is already doing such a great job advancing the ball in this arena by hosting the multicultural Alltech Music Festival in the Games Village (read about it here), but if the World Cup teaches us anything, it’s that a music festival is just the beginning. The WEG need a theme song!
Alas, I don’t think we are going to get one this year. But, don’t despair! We can perhaps poach one from the World Cup. Alltech Music Festival performer, Aloe Blacc, along with Brazilian-American David Correy, appear on one of the most popular tracks from the FIFA World Cup album, “The World Is Ours,” which could equally apply to horseback riding pursuits.
And there are plenty of songs that already exist from artists of every equestrian nation that can fill out our 2014 World Equestrian Games Official Album. In this week’s 100% Sound playlist, let me show you what that album could look like!
We start off with the World Cup favorite, which brings in artists from two great equestrian nations, the USA and Brazil. Also representing the United States on the playlist is Glenn Frey with his classic “The Heat Is On,” which is surely will be in Normandy!
Representing the mighty British are DJ, singer-songwriter, and producer Calvin Harris who urges “Let’s Go” in his track with American, Ne-Yo, the electronic music duo, The Chemical Brothers, with their aptly titled track, “Horse Power,” as well as current favorites Bastille and Noisettes, who each contribute a track championing the rhythm that is always present in competitive equestrian events.
The equestrian giant that is Germany contributes another track dedicated to Rhythm by the Eurodance project, SNAP! You may remember this track from sports albums of the ‘90s. And the Netherlands is not overlooked thanks to a track from Van Halen. This band may seem as American as apple pie, but actually brothers and band founders Eddie and Alex Van Halen were born and spent their early years in the Netherlands.
The inclusion of Gotye and MIKA’s joyous tracks brings a host of additional equestrian nations into the mix. Gotye was born in one great horse nation, Belgium, than moved to another, Australia. MIKA was born in the Middle East, which is perhaps the fastest growing contributor to equestrian sport, then moved to the host nation of France with his family, before ultimately settling in Great Britain. Phew – that is a lot of horsing nations!
And of course, it just wouldn’t be a French event with out the hugely successful electronic dou Daft Punk. I’ve used tracks from this French group before (here), including “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and “Lose Yourself To Dance,” which would be great on the playlist as well. But for this one, I’m going with their first hit, “Around The World” to honor the truly global event that is the World Equestrian Games.
So get ready to find your rhythm, jump for joy, and celebrate our upcoming World Equestrian Games with this latest playlist from 100% Sound!
Listen to the full playlist on Spotify here: Go Ahead, Jump! – Music for the 2014 World Equestrian Games In Normandy
1. THE WORLD IS OURS by Aloe Blacc X David Correy from the album The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album: One Love, One Rhythm
2. LET’S GO by Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo from the album 18 Months
3. RHYTHM IS A DANCER by SNAP! from the album The Madman’s Return
4. HORSE POWER by The Chemical Brothers from the album Further
5. OF THE NIGHT by Bastille from the album All This Bad Blood
6. THE HEAT IS ON by Glenn Frey from the album Solo Collection
7. IN YOUR LIGHT by Goyte from the album Making Mirrors
8. AROUND THE WORLD by Daft Punk
9. DON’T UPSET THE RHYTHM (GO BABY GO) by Noisettes from the album Wild Young Hearts
10. JUMP by Van Halen from the album 1984
11. CELEBRATE by MIKA and Pharrell Williams from the album The Origins Of Love