ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Are you psyched for football season? I know I am, but not just because of the action on the field. In the ’90s, as an in-house composer for Premier Technology, I composed music for the Gottlieb pinball game called “Touchdown Football.” Later on, when I began composing for production music libraries, one of my first tracks to be placed in a TV or film project was in an episode of HBO’s “Inside the NFL.”

Although I haven’t been heavily involved in creating music associated with football, every season and every form of entertainment — including watching football — reminds me of how much music enriches the total experience.

Classic movies about football have had original soundtracks that were profoundly moving and/or uplifting. Think of “Brian’s Song,” “Rudy,” “Friday Night Lights,” “The Blind Side” and so many others. The music truly helped to convey the emotions within these stories.

TV coverage of professional and college football is always enlivened by pop music that pumps up the excitement level. Think of Queen’s “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions,” Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” Europe’s “The Final Countdown” and Faith Hill belting out the “Sunday Night Football” song.

In addition, there’s great live music by pro football drumlines and college and high school marching bands. Some of the most fun I’ve had in recent years was attending University of Washington football games when my daughter was a member of the Husky Marching Band. Sure, the game itself was the main attraction for most of the fans, but the phenomenal band and cheer squad contributed volumes to the energy in the stadium.

Bottom line, music makes everything better, including football! When you’re cheering for your favorite pro or college or high school teams, also give a hand to the musicians who make “game day” a real celebration.

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