As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I’m one of those fans of skating who was also an active participant at a (much) younger time in my life. It's worth mentioning in this week’s posts because it plays into what I want to talk about: skating music, then and now.
“Skating music” in general will have to be a recurring theme here, as it’s too big a part of the whole skating experience to ignore. But when I talk about then and now, I should probably clarify the “then”—in this case—is 25-30 years back. When so many of the top skaters started disco-fying their programs.
If you’ve ever watched anything from the early 80s you’ll know what I’m talking about. The era of disco may faded from the dance floors by that time, but it lived on for quite a while in the rink. Hmm… maybe it was all that ice, keeping the music “fresh” longer?
Anyway, the classical mainstays of this sport were supplanted for a time with thumping bass lines and a pulsating beat. More often than not, it was the classics themselves (or at least their basic melodies) that were disco-fied—Disco Beethoven… Disco Stravinsky (the pumped-up version of Firebird was popular at my rink, and everyone else’s it seemed)… even Disco Chopin, my personal favorite. (How can any tempo ruin Impromptu #4 in C Sharp Minor, after all?)
But when I think of popular music trends NOW, I’m intrigued by the fact that skating music choices, by and large, have not yet followed suit. Especially when today’s Clip Of The Day showcases how very successful hip-hop can be on ice:
Do you have a theory as to why this is?
I’ve got a few. And I’ll share them next time.