World Cup: The extraordinary power of football songs

World Cup: The extraordinary power of football songs

Football songs have a long history. In 1898, British composer Edward Elgar composed the song He Banged the Leather for Goal (He shot the ball to score), to honor Billy Malpass, the Wolverhampton Wanderers striker.
Or, the Abide With Me hymn (My Loyalist, with the theme of faith and immortality) went hand in hand with football history since the first time at the FA Cup final in 1972. “I think many things have changed in the 60s and 70s, when culture is getting close to each other through football and music “- that’s the comment of Craig G Pennington, curator of the multimedia exhibition The Art of Football ( Football art) is taking place at Liverpool on the occasion of World Cup.

Create strength
According to a recent study published in the European Journal of Sport Science, players who sing their national anthem with passionate feelings will have a higher chance of winning. Lead researcher Matthew Slater said: the passion in psychology is very important, creating a strong connection and enthusiasm for the whole team.
Music in football has a long history. Professor Steven Mithen, author of The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body (Neanderthal sings: The source of music, language, mind and body) confirms: “Singing the ball Stone is a very sophisticated act. Singing is ahead of language in evolutionary history, when we use music and dance to connect the community. ”
According to Andrew Motion, a former Poet Laureate (poet appointed by the British government to compose special event poetry – PV), has folklore in football songs. “Singing football support is instinctive”, he told The Guardian magazine in 2009. “Singing to cheer reminiscent of simple childhood joys: repetitive melodies and lyrics on the field play. But it also gives the feeling that the song makes us stronger, helping us to defeat the opponent. ”

General game
The FIFA World Cup has produced at least one official song for each tournament since 1962. It started with the song rock’n’roll El Rock del Mundial presented by Chilean band The Ramblers. English tends to be the main language in football support, though in this digital era, there are many exceptions.
At the 2002 World Cup (Japan and South Korea co-hosted), besides the official songs chosen were the Anthem version of the Greek composer Vangelis and Boom by American singer-songwriter Anastacia, also Let’s Get Together by the famous artist group of the two host countries.
This year, Russia chose Live It Up, a mix of English and Spanish through reggae star Nicky Jam and American rapper Will Smith and the voice of Kosovo Era Istrefi. However, the Uruguayan voice Natalia Oreiro mixed Russian into her World Cup song, United By Love.
Overall, World Cup songs can be more or less breathtaking in the host country culture, but the most important is the martial spirit and global connection. With this criterion, most people appreciate Wavin ’Flag in (South Africa – 2010). Wavin ’Flag carries the meaningful messages of king sports, that football” gives you freedom, enthusiasm, motivation to fly higher “.

Arctic Monkeys: The formidable return of British music

Arctic Monkeys: The formidable return of British music

Not famous for the easy-to-hear pop songs, but by the powerful use of instruments and techniques and the private voice of Alex Turner, the Arctic Monkeys have conquered and had a certain place in the hearts of listeners.

After 5 years of vacation, the Arctic Monkeys announced a new song, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino. This time, the music style of the Arctic Monkeys tended to change, no longer heavy guitar rock, the way the group’s previous AM album became famous but this time the music was more romantic, a bit of easy listening jazz written by the lead vocalist, singer Alex Turner.
Arctic Monkeys is still a band with a solid foundation for each product and its progress. This album introduces an Arctic Monkeys on the path to reincarnation, preparing for a change and shine.

After 16 years of working together, the British band, Arctic Monkeys has been a potential group that can break music charts in the US with their new record, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino. The quartet has just started a North American tour with 25 days in different cities.

Arctic Monkeys have performed well from singing to performing music charts in the UK for years. The most recent album, AM, which debuted in 2013, ranked 6th in the US charts with 1.3 million sales, more than the number of albums sold in the UK of 1.2 million.
The band was praised by many critics, winning seven BRIT awards (equivalent to the British Grammy Award) and many other prestigious awards. Many people have favored, trusting the Arctic Monkeys as a new phenomenon from England, probably the successive music generation of previous geniuses such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd – or outstanding individuals like Amy Winehouse and Adele.

On the contrary, many critics also point out some of the reasons why the Arctic Monkeys retain their local English accent is a bit hard to hear and other cultural elements. Anyway, a good example is nothing to stop the Beatles from spreading because of their English accent. Many people complained about a somewhat funny name of Arctic Monkeys, which is not the reason why the British group Led Zeppelin stopped developing.

All the reasons given by listeners or critics are just an excuse for the development of a group. Music is inherently a language, sometimes without you having to understand, but most importantly, feeling. Music language, no matter what language we sing, we can feel it and it does not inhibit any artist’s development because of their own identity.

The Arctic Monkeys began their tour earlier this month and lasted until October this year through New York City, Boston, Washington DC, …

Pop Singer Scott Walker Dead at 76

Pop Singer Scott Walker Dead at 76

Scott Walker, a member of the pop band The Walker Brothers, died of his old age on March 25 in London. His death left a great loss in the hearts of music lovers around the world.

Many great artists in the world show mercy to this loss. Thom Yorke, Radiohead’s lead vocalist, shared on his personal page that it was sad to hear that Scott Walker died. He was a big influence on him and his band. Thom Yorke said he learned a lot from the way Scott Walker sang and composed.

Scott Walker was born on September 1, 1943, in Ohio, USA. In 1964, he moved to London and together with his two friends formed The Walker Brothers, the famous pop group in the UK in the 1960s. The band is known for its top hits UK charts like The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore or Make It Easy On Yourself.

Scott Walker ‘s career turned in another direction when he decided to pursue a solo career at the age of 24. At that time, he was appreciated by many artists at the same time about new tests in the work. From a pop singer, Scott is gradually transformed into a musician and singer-producer of his own music. Many famous artists such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Steven Wilson or Javis Cocker (Pulp band) have repeatedly expressed their admiration for his works. They consider it a great inspiration for their music career. In 2017, the BBC held a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform his works.

During more than 6 decades of artistic activities, Scott Walker released 8 albums with The Walker Brothers, 14 solo albums and 3 soundtrack albums. In 2018, Scott collaborated with popular pop singer Sia to produce the soundtrack for Vox Lux starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law. This is his last musical project. The information that Scott Walker passed away on March 25 was confirmed by his record label.