and... i like them? I think I like them.
Michigan Marching Band
So I was listening to the morning show on WTKA and they were talking to The Angel, and started talking about how good DSU's band is, and what a treat it will be to see them. And as this game will be over by the 2nd quarter, I figure people's minds will wander, and there may be more attention paid to the bands than usual. And if they are really good college band, are we in any danger of them looking a lot better than our band, considering all the problems people have had with the MMB this year? I figure it's a slow week, and frankly, the bands might be more compelling than this game. So if the Michigan Band doesn't bring their A game, I have a feeling a lot of people are going to certainly be able to hear DSU's band better than ours. Though at this game the crowd should be laid back and quiet enough that they shouldn't drown out anything.
Many times already this season we have heard references of the lack of noise coming from the MMB.
Of all years when the increased crowd noise from the enclosed new buildings is heralded as the glorious new savior of our elder fan woes, how can we now be talking about how softly the band is playing? Would not the sound emanating from the band also be reverberating back down to the field?
I may have an answer.
Has anyone noticed that this year's introduction of the band from Carl Grapentine is, "Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Michigan Marching Band. Band take the field." Did you notice anything missing? Correct! Give the guy wearing the block M in the front a cookie.
Answer: The number of members in the band.
Perhaps no longer announcing the total members of the band is because they have fewer members in the band this year. Fewer members would equal quieter band!
I was in section 31, row 60ish today and could barely hear the band during halftime. It seems a shame for them to do all that practicing and not be able to show it off during the game. Am I hard of hearing or could they stand to be a bit louder? Could be both, I suppose.
Question for the MMB'ers.
What time is the Victors Walk this week? I remember hearing it is usually 2 hours before, so does that make it 1:30 or does the late start change the schedule at all?
What time is the full MMB rehearsal on Saturday, is the schedule altered for late start?
I'm calling on all Michigan Marching Band members about the subject of suggesting songs or ideas to be played between the 3rd and 4th quarter of M football games.
I talked to Jack Johnson tonight (not JMFJ, but his Dad) and he said he loved the idea of playing the song he used to dance to at Michigan hockey games (the name escapes me). He told me he would come back from LA to go to a M football game and do the dance for the entire stadium if it was organized properly.
I thought this was too good to be true. So, if this is a possibility, let me know and I will give him a call and get him in touch with the right people. Does anyone else think this is a great idea, or at least a fun one time thing to do?
Let me know what the MGoFaithful think.
This is a drastic departure from my previous diary entry (thanks for the all the love btw) but an item on the message board this evening piqued my interest and sent some of my right-brain synapses firing.
The answer to MMBhorn's question is Big Boutros' suggestion: The Ecstasy of Gold.
While it's not a "jump around" type song, it's perfect for specific situations such as second half kick off or key second half defensive series (ala Iowa '97). The song has a mountain of intensity behind it for fans to get amped up and scream their asses off and for players to get hocked up on adrenaline and unleash some Barwis-esque fury at some poor unfortunate on the opposition.
There's also actually a football tie-in for this song. It was featured in a Nike Football commercial a year or two ago with Troy Polamalu and LaDainian Tomlinson:
Additionally, there's a hip-hop connection; Jay-Z used it in a track on 2002's Blueprint 2. The track was also called Blueprint 2 and was on the second disc (hmmm, the number 2 comes up again and again weird...). While this isn't a reason for consideration per se, it does at least provide something current for the student section and players alike to relate to.
Finally and most importantly, while the lyrics and song aren't Jay-Z's finest there are many lyrics that could be forged into descriptors and anthems for the past/current/future state of Michigan Football once you absract the subjects and/or objects in the phrases. Gems like:
"Y'all and your articles, hard to spit at Jay
Y'all from afar threw darts my way
What you thought, I would naught have nothing to say? Nope!
"And now you'se can't leave
You opened the door dog, I'm at you annually"
"It's time to wake up the dead
You sound a little naive in them articles that I read"
"I've been real all my life, they confuse it with conceit
Since I will not lose, they try to help him cheat
But I will not lose, for even in defeat
There's a valuable lesson learned, so it evens it up for me"
"When the grass is cut, the snakes will show..."
"I'm back before you had a chance to miss me
ma' can't save you this time, n***** is history..."
"I won't rest till you on one knee
You want war then war's gonna be..."
Not to mention the many overtones of the title: Blueprint 2. C'mon, it's too perfect...
Now, obviously an all out rap song (a dis no less) will have many stone cold traditionalists in the Michigan community all up in a tizzy. That's what makes 'The Ecstasy of Gold' such a perfect basis: it provides a link from the old to the new. It has passion; It has swagger; and the music provides a perfect fit for the musicianship and sound of the Michigan Marching Band. This must happen.
(God I'm so ready for some Michigan football)