Music Monday – The Olympics

This Friday, the 27th of July, 2012, is the start of the 27th Summer Olympic Games and anyone who’s watched the broadcasts of the Olympic Games is probably familiar with the music from the video above:  “Olympic Fanfare” composed by John Williams.

Opening and closing ceremonies have gotten quite elaborate, each country trying to outdo the last.  Some include well-known recording artists, while others showcase amateur or up-and-coming artists.  The 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta produced a fantastic collection of songs on an album called “Rhythm of the Games.”  It included Tevin Campbell singing “The Impossible Dream”, Boyz II Men’s rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”, Mary J. Blige, Soul For Real, Kenny G, and Usher.
My two favorite songs from the album are also easily my two favorite songs from any of the Olympic Games:

This is my favorite version of “Imagine” by John Lennon.  The heart and soul and passion Corey Glover (former lead singer of Living Colour) puts into it make this song rock.

My favorite Olympic song.  My favorite song by Gloria Estefan.  My ultimate motivational song, and, yes, it should be on my list of “Tear Jerkers.”  I actually bought the Maxi CD with about 7 versions of it.  Love them all!

“Some days are meant to be remembered
Those days we rise above the stars” – Reach

Here’s “Reach” by Gloria Estefan…

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