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If your skiing could be described by a song....

post #1 of 82
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What would it be? Think of rhythm, flow,feel dynamics, etc. You are starring in a ski movie. What are they playing as they show you cruising or ripping down the hill?

When I'm skiing well, mine is the instrumental from Eric Clapton's Layla.

I hope you never fear those mountains in the
Never settle for the path of least resistance

I hope you dance..........

Be Braver in your body, or your luck will leave you. DH Lawrence
post #2 of 82
you'd hear static. dissonance. atonal clanking. so...something from maybe brian eno, or john cage. no mozart, that's for sure.
post #3 of 82
Thread Starter 
Oh Ryan, surely you jest!

I hope you never fear those mountains in the
Never settle for the path of least resistance

I hope you dance
post #4 of 82
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That is really interesting, Bob. When I first started skiing, I was one of those teaching nightmares who was afraid to let the skis glide. When I finally "got it", I started humming the instrumental version of Artie Shaw's "I'm getting sentimental Over You". {I know, really corney!}
In white outs, I usually end up singing Whiter Shade of Pale. Just trying to remebember all those lyrics takes my mind off the fear!

Be Braver in your body, or your luck will leave you. DH Lawrence
post #5 of 82
Depends on the day and terrain.

When skiing bumps and park, I think I'm somewhat of a "God save the Queen" (Sex Pistols) and "Foreclosure of a dream" (Megadeth) type of guy. Blue groomers bring out the Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello. Powder is all about the Bob Dylan... I'd have to say "Mr. Tamborine Man".

On average I'd say my skiing would best be represented by "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", by my friend and yours... Mr. Loaf.

Spag's quote of the day:
"...you can call me anything you want, but my name is Veronica."
- Elvis Costello -
post #6 of 82
Oh my Bob you don't have to sing out loud do you? That would not only be torture for me but everyone else within hearing distance. LisaMarie you want corny? I often find myself singing to myself "Little Drummer Boy” Long after the holidays have past. No idea why.
post #7 of 82
In bump comps (bash 4 cash) my "tape" was "Whammer Jammer" by the J Geils Band. When I coached at Panorama, the kids used to show up a the start house singing "Psycho Killer"....music for every occassion. Hey, spag! Nice patriotic bump tunage.
post #8 of 82
Blueberry Hill Fats Domino :~)
post #9 of 82
"I get knocked down, but I get up again
You know you're never gonna keep me down"

& on the good days
"white room"<FONT size="1">

[This message has been edited by matt_davis (edited September 04, 2001).]</FONT>
post #10 of 82
I believe it is often times very effective to avoid having someone try to directly and immediately integrate a newly learned skill or movement into their free skiing:

I was recently working with some tennis players on specific patterns of play. When we transitioned into playing out competitive baseline points the players found themselves unable to compete effectively while trying to implement our drills directly into play. (There were just too many other factors to deal with). We then agreed to forget the drills for a while and just play out the points. Towards the end of the first session, people just started to get a glimmer of recognition for the patterns we had been working on during the competitive play. Over the course of a couple more workouts, doing variations on the pattern drills, followed by competitive baseline points (where we "forgot" the drills), the recognition of the patterns became better and better. Within 2-3 days everyone was starting to instinctively recognize the patterns and as a result noticeably improve their play in competitive points.

A long anecdote perhaps, but a great reminder. I think the same thing applies to skiing. When teaching a new skill or movement it can often be effective to try and get a skier to just "look" or "feel" for the new movement as opposed to trying to "use it" or "put it" directly into play.

I think most of us already know this but I think a reminder every so often is helpful.
post #11 of 82
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Kima: ! Spag: I'll give you an answer in the morning! Robin, Psycho killer? YIKES!!! Kneale: I don't believe you! Matt, that was the one song I hated hearing at Whistler!
Ski professor: I tend to get so much into techno babble that I irritate everyone around me! That's why I sometimes try to think of my skiing as a song. The great part of this is if I'm on the elliptical machine and my ski song comes on, suddenly I'm skiing.
My goal for this year is to ski like both the instrumental and the vocals of Layla. Not ALWAYS so lyrical, sometimes a bit more agressive.

I hope you never fear those mountains in the
Never settle for the path of least resistance

I hope you dance......
post #12 of 82
After going to Disneyland I've never been able to get "It's a small world" out of my head.
If I'm feeling aggressive I hear Rammstein while skiing.
post #13 of 82
"Hit me Baby one more time."
post #14 of 82
Milesb. Tell me you're kidding.(ha ha)

I just read my own post and realized that I've made a HUGE mistake. "Mr. Tamborine Man" is by the Byrds, not Dylan. The song I was thinking of is "Subterranean Homesick Blues". THAT'S a great Dylan tune. I realize those tunes are on opposite ends of the cool spectrum, but I'm confused. i think it's cuz those songs are next to each other on a compilation CD that I have. And YES, sometimes I sing it out loud. give me a banjo and some lamb chops and I'm Chillin' like Dylan!

Robin. I don't think the Sex Pistols do the same "God Save the Queen" that you do.
post #15 of 82
Funny thing with me, I find I ski better to a song that's in a 3-beat per measure time. I think it has to do with phases of the turn or their timing...initiation, completion, control. The problem is, I there is so little music I can stand to hum to myself that's in three. I've actually resorted to waltzes sometimes when I wanted a certain effect. Now I often settle on the Beatles "Norwegian Wood".

Someday, maybe I'll be able to handle odd time signatures. Think of Brubek "Take 5", or the Mission Impossible theme (pre Tom Cruise)..."Everything's Alright" from JC superstar. Maybe a nice samba. I like to experiment, and it does change my skiing!

post #16 of 82
I have appreciation for both the mainstream and the obscure.
post #17 of 82
Hey, Notorious: Dylan wrote the song but the Byrds had more success with it, I think is the way it goes. Dylan did perform it, but, as with many of his pieces, others made it more popular.
post #18 of 82
Thanks Kneale. Maybe that's why I was so confused. I think I'll have a listen right now...
post #19 of 82
Never mind the bollocks...that's me lizzie yer about! Love Dylan too, humming "Positively 4th Street" the other day responding to SCSA.
All of Beck's "Blow by Blow" is a fine pow day selection.
post #20 of 82
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Wow! Pierre, George Winston's Autumn. I LOVE IT!
Interesting, many of the pros here use some pretty mellow tunes as a metaphor for their skiing. Kind of shows you that a non pros PERCEPTION of what's expert skiing is quite different from reality!
post #21 of 82
I listen to tunes so much when I turn. One song? Oh, not possible, LM, not for this skier. I have literally hundreds of favorites.

But maybe, umm, groups/genres? Some that are in my MP3 player all the time:

All mountain, terrain, pow:
Ozric Tentacles, Phish, Yes, Floyd.

Bumps, tight trees:
Boingo, Prince, P-Funk, Jazz Fusion

Mellowor, cruising:
Van Morrison, Swing Jazz, Blues

Try to always be in my own private ski movie, with appropriate sound track(s).

If I have the "wrong tune" for a certain run, well I just enjoy skiing it differently.

Visit me here &gt;&gt;&gt;SnoKarver
post #22 of 82
High speed groomers
"Ride of the Valkyries"-Wagner
"Sabatoge"-Beastie Boys
"La Grange"-ZZ Top

"Jamming"-Bob Marley

"Who do you want to be today?"-Oingo Boingo
"Voodo Woman"-Ween

How could it be anything other than.......
"Big Balls"-AC/DC
post #23 of 82
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ww: Bruebeck's Take 5. I'll have to try that. Now that I think of it, that does "sound" like skiing.
post #24 of 82
My skiing is...

Renegades of Funk,
Warriors of the Wasteland,
Comfortably Numb,

and then

Charles Mingus,
Stan Getz,
Donald Fagen
post #25 of 82
I used to crank Motorhead "Ace of Spades" everyday in the ski school locker room. Last season, we had a stereo in the school office, and it was the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme" by Nerfherder everyday before line up. If the music doesn't rock, how can your skiing?
post #26 of 82
Well, what I aspire to is something along the lines of "Burning Down the House". But what usually transpires is more like "Helter Skelter".
post #27 of 82
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Spinheli, You got me thinking about this fan fiction I wanted to write Buffy the Boarder Slayer.
Here's the scenario; Red snow is found at a California resort that features night skiing. It is discovered that Vampire Snowboarders are hoarding skiers off the trails and dragging them into the trees. We all know what happens after that.
Enter, Buffy. But the only way she can slay them is with a pair of wooden ski poles.
Okay. Who's going to figure out where she gets the poles?

Mary: I have been wondering if someone can actually change their skiing style by changing the tune that they hum to themselves.
Kind of like the Warren Witherall idea of good skiers having many different qualities to their skiing.

*********************************************I hope you never fear those mountains in the
Never settle for the path of least resistance

I hope you dance..........
post #28 of 82
LM You mean like going from "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" to "Amazing Grace"? I've definitely felt divine intervention on a coupla occasions!
post #29 of 82
Hi, welcome back. We haven't heard from you for a while..

You too Mary
post #30 of 82
when I ended up at the top of Spiral staircase at Telluride, The song that would have come to mind is "Stairway to heaven"
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