Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Space Between

Continuing my look into music in baseball, today we get into the music played during the game. From the time the home team takes the field, to the end of a 9-inning game, there are 17 opportunities (18 if if it goes to the bottom of the inning) to chose songs for the whole stadium to hear (excluding the walk-up music). There are only 90 seconds between innings so you don't have to worry about playing the whole songs, but it is important to have the best parts of each song queued up. These are the songs that when you hear them, you want to turn the volume up to 11

This is a good opportunity to play songs that may be a little too long for batting practice but it still allows for good songs to be played. "It Was A Crazy Game of Poker" by O.A.R. comes to mind, which is about nine minutes long. There are a lot marketing departments departments at major universities and with minor league, and sometimes even major league teams that like to use the time between innings to play songs that fit a certain theme (Bruce Springsteen, 80's music, Motown, etc.), which I am on board for as long as they totally commit to the idea.

What a Musician Wants
It seems as though all athletes want to be rock stars or rappers and all rock stars and rappers want to be athletes (and I want to be both) so it's only fitting to combine the two in this edition of "What a Musician Wants." In this segment, Jeremy Taggart, drummer for the Canadian rock band, Our Lady Peace, and avid baseball fan, offered his favorite songs to hear at the ballpark via Twitter (@Taggart7).

1. "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" - Tin Pan Alley by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer (1908)
2. When the Levee Breaks" - Led Zeppelin (1971)
3. "We Will Rock You" - Queen (1977)
4. "Here Comes Your Man" - Pixies (1989)
5. "Panama" - Van Halen (1984)

Up next: More music

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