Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are here in Indianapolis from
Monday December 7th through Wednesday December 9th. Director of
Operations for Owl Studios Matthew Altizer and I are big baseball
fans. We have been hoping to accidently 'run-into' some baseball
people during lunch or coffee breaks, but so far, no such luck. We
did, however, run into Josh Carey, grandson of broadcaster Harry
Carey, but that didn't end well.
Anyway, Matthew and I began merging our two favorite
conversational topics: baseball and music. As you may have noticed,
music is an intregal part of a baseball game. There's music before
the game starts (at cool stadiums an organist still plays), there
are the well known traditional songs ("Take Me Out To The Ball
Game") and when baseball players come up to the plate to bat, music
is played. It turns out that the players pick and choose what music
they want to hear as they come up to bat.
Here are the tunes
the St. Louis Cardinals players chose to hear and why they chose
those songs from the 2008 season.
This got me ta' thinkin'! What tunes would I choose to play
if I were a baseball player? I had to restrict my picks to the
wonderfully diverse Owl Studio's catalogue. Here are the tunes I
need to fill:
1. First choice to get all pumped up!
2. Second choice in case the first choice doesn't get you all
pumped up and you're in a slump.
3. Calming tune to settle you down so you can focus at the
task at hand.
1. What tune do you want to hear coming out of the bullpen?
1. What tune would you play to get the crowd pumped up?!!!?
OK, here it goes:
1. To get me all pumped up, I'd play this great track from
Echoes of Ethnicity
We Jazz June
. This tune is by jazz saxophonist Rob Dixon and
it's pretty killin'! This album just got nominated for an
Independent Music Award for Best Jazz Album! For an Independent
Jazz Label, this makes us pretty proud!
2. So if I go into a slump while hearing 'We Jazz June' while
coming to bat at the plate, I'd then move to something else. I'm
sticking with Derrick Gardner (he's such a great jazz trumpet
player!), but this time go with a tune by his brother, Vincent (one
of my favorite jazz trombone players). This tune,
Afros and Cubans
, will get me going and the crowd too so I can
get my hitting streak on!
3. Now something to settle me down. Let's say I'm getting
heated up, the pitcher hit me at my last at bat, I now need
something groovy, mellow a nice R & B groove. I'm choosing, by
jazz saxophone player and Owl Studios exec Rob Dixon,
Love of My Life
. This tune is simply beautiful. This album,
What Things Could Be
, was the first album for this
Independent Jazz Record Company.
1. Let's say I fancy myself a pitcher. I think I'd want
something unique and different to play as I'm coming out of the
'pen to the mound. Owl Studios has exactly what I need. How
about a tune by jazz guitarist/world guitarist Fareed Haque? That
will really ruffle some feathers! I'm choosing
! What would the hitters think when they hear
THAT!!! Yeah, I'd totally be in their heads!
1. To get the crowd all pumped up I've gotta go with a couple
more tracks from our favorite Rob Dixon. The first track from our
What Things Could Be
is always a
favorite and then the title track from Rob's second album
. This would get
the crowd on their feet having fun and getting behind their team!
After all, it only seems natural to pair two American
inventions: Baseball and Jazz. Why doesn't this happen much in
Well, until Jazz becomes more of a staple in baseball
stadiums, I'll just be happy with the old fashioned organist!
Here's the organist for Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Ernie Hays
playing his tune 'Here Comes The King':