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The Musicality of Skiing

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I remember the first time I saw Weems Westfeldt. I was watching an OLN segment on ski instruction. Weems' skiing left me mesmerized. For the next few days, a song played in my mind:

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the word

Whenever I think of Weems' skiing, I think of this song. Also, if I find myself feeling awkward on the slopes, I can sing this to myself. In another thread, I mentioned that Bob Barnes used Ravel's Bolero in one of his PSIA training videos. This piece sometimes comes into my head as a result of my skiing well.
Comprex (thank you! ) gave me the best idea to keep from traversing the hill too often: Turn Turn Turn.
The instrumental from Layla can also work to change skiing that is not fluid.

Does music happen to you as a result of fluid skiing? Can you use it to invoke fluidity?

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yeah,i sing songs all the way down the slope.
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My skiing is more like loud, publicly disturbing rap/hip hop/rock music, where it is hard to find a melody. Everything seems to be in the song for a reason, but figuring out how it got there will leave the listener rather perplexed.

On another note (like how I did that with "note")... skiing should be very fluid. I have a fairly extensive musical background, so the comparison makes sense. So... should bump skiing be like listening to "Flight of the Bumblebee?"


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Absolutely, LM! The music might be about the day (recently singing "Let it snow!" during an outing at Copper), about the company, or about the flow. I remember, years ago, a top-to-bottom cruise at Keystone listening to a jazz piece on one of Phil Collins' early albums. That still comes to mind on perfect cruiser days, usually in the Colorado springtime.
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I had an instructor who insisted on humming "It's a lovely day today...."

Still tend to find myself humming that in my head when I am cruising along
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