The Olympic Fanfare and Theme, #399

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I am getting so psyched up for the opening ceremony of the Olympics tomorrow night!!!  The whole concept of the world coming together in peaceful competition is just so awesome, and it is probably the only sports I watch intently on tv ever.  There is something about watching athletes who have trained their whole lives for this one moment and to achieve their goals that is so inspiring.  Often, the Olympics make grown men cry, and the emotion of these events is overwhelming for everyone.  I love, love, love it!

Of course, because of who I am and what I do, I naturally also turn my attention to the music of the Olympics.  The musical “star” over the next couple of weeks, is of course, “The Olympic Fanfare.”  It was originally written by Leo Arnaud and entitled “Bulger’s Dream” in 1958, but John Williams recomposed the piece and made a variation of it for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles that is used more commonly today.  We all recognize the music because both ABC and NBC use it in their broadcasts of Olympic coverage, and it has become as symbolic as the Olympic rings and flame over the years.  Here is a link to the Taipei Civic Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Taipei on Jul 17, 2009 performing this iconic piece of music:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoGiufO7z5M

When you hear these notes over the next couple of weeks, no matter what country you’re in, may it fill you with inspiration and peace.  Enjoy!!!! (And go Team USA!!!!  Woohoot!)

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