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Chris Gay: Song choices aplenty for local schools

Posted: July 18, 2017 - 11:45pm

On the way to Pelican's SnoBalls the other day, I played some classic duets for the children.

First, it was Say Say Say by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. Then, The Girl is Mine by the McCartney-Jackson duo played. Finally, I played Ebony and Ivory by McCartney and Stevie Wonder. Then, to annoy the children, I shouted out DJ Khaled's name in every duet because I asked myself, "What would DJ Khaled do?"

The point of being a parent is to educate children in many things. For me, musical education is very important. I can't allow the triplets to listen to today's hits all the time. Instead, they get their fill of classic rock, disco, funk, and 1980s/early 1990s rap and hip-hop. And I'll even throw in some Elvis, Sinatra, classic country and, yes, a few duets from time to time.

Music soothes many of us savage beasts, including those of us involved with sports. High school sports start again next month with softball, volleyball and football. I expect to hear music at these sporting events. (I didn't say it'll be good music.)

The other day, I got to thinking about our Columbia County high schools. Every one of them should have a theme song for its teams. For example, Greenbrier is the Wolfpack. The school has several choices based on its nickname. What about Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran? There's Wolves by Kanye West, Run With the Pack by Bad Company and Of Wolf and Man by Metallica. There's also She Wolf - versions by Shakira and David Guetta - and by Megadeth.

With the nickname Knights, Evans has a variety of songs at its disposal. The first song that comes to mind is Neon Knights by the Ronnie James Dio-led version of Black Sabbath. In a nod to the school's colors, you've got Wiz Khalifa's Black And Yellow. And a little more outside the box is the Knight Rider TV theme song.

At Grovetown, there's a ton of Warriors songs, including versions by Imagine Dragons and Young Jeezy. I prefer The Warrior by Patty Smyth and Scandal from 1984.

At Harlem, there's several songs with the word "dog" in them the folks there could play. There's Dog Eat Dog by AC/DC. If you want something lighter, there's Hound Dog by Elvis. I can even suggest a classic funk tune - Atomic Dog by George Clinton.

At Lakeside, there's not a lot of options. There is the funk band Lakeside, which features the classic hit, Fantastic Voyage. (I just read where the band is still touring as the "Original Lakeside." Someone should create Funk For Dough and invite them to the area.) The only other main Lakeside choice? The Pink Panther Theme by Henry Mancini. That would be a pretty smooth intro song.

As for our private schools, there's not many song choices. Augusta Christian could play songs from The Lion King while its opponents warm up. Talk about a distraction.

As for Augusta Prep, not a lot goes with Cavaliers - unless you're talking about the Cleveland Cavs. It seems there's an opportunity for someone to create some music for Augusta Prep.

Schools have plenty of time to figure out their own music selections. I'm sure some of them will be somewhat decent, some of them will be somewhat cliche and some will be current country. Whatever they choose is up to their discretion, but, if necessary, I'm always available to help.

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PREPARATION: Speaking of helping, let me provide a thought for everyone working a press box this fall, especially in football: Do a test run the night or two before the first game. Make sure the sound system (microphone, speakers, etc.) is working. Have all your music prepared to go.

And make sure the press box is clean and has plenty of chairs. Some schools are better than others, and I'm not afraid to call out a school for a dirty press box (or one with insufficient chairs) through this column and Twitter. So school officials, please be prepared in advance.

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SPEAKING OF MUSIC: My friend, Clay Hall, has mentioned Apple Music to me for months. Being dumb, I ignored his suggestion - until recently. When I purchased my car earlier this year, I could've added satellite radio. I declined. I'd prefer to listen to my music. Now, I can.

I'm doing the Apple Music trial. Currently, I'm going through all the Led Zeppelin deluxe edition CDs, which I thought was nothing more than a money grab a few years ago by Atlantic Catalog Group. How many times do we really need to own Led Zeppelin IV?

Anyway, Apple Music allows me to bounce around to the various CDs and listen to the slight variations presented in these deluxe editions. I'm still a huge Led Zeppelin fan, but these deluxe editions will soon be forgettable. Thankfully, I don't have to own them.

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SO LONG, SUMMER: Just when the warm weather finally arrives, stores start pushing things like emoji floats and suntan lotion to the side for school supplies. That's a real shame, especially when you consider students in Richmond and Columbia counties have just 2½ weeks of summer left, though it's still plenty hot.

If you think that's bad, Cobb County schools start back Monday. Soon, our friends in Atlanta will start school before the All-Star break. Don't worry, though. The Cobb County students will get a week off in September - when the major theme parks in Atlanta will be closed.

And if you're wondering, my children are planning to spend most of August in the swimming pool. Their charter school, Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics, starts Aug. 28. I'll have plenty of time to educate them more in Music 102 between now and then.

 

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