The Games Are Coming
by John Riggio
Believe it or not, 2014 is another Olympic year, and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, (February 7-23) are upon us. As with all our songs that celebrate the Olympics, we're not allowed to actually say the word "Olympics" in the music due to copyright law. But we can say things like "games," or "going for the gold," or "carrying the torch," and so on. In fact, we have said all of these things in one song or another. Check out our Index – hard copy or online at MusicK8.com – to see more options for the Olympics.
As you might expect, this is a high energy tune, 'cause a slow ballad wasn't gonna cut it when describing what is arguably one of the most exciting events on the planet. The melody is easy to sing, and the chorus has a nice hook to it. Keep in mind that part 2, which is just a high D at measure 44, is optional, but sounds cool if your kids can sing it.
The song is written from the point of view of we non-Olympians who get to be spectators to this grand event. Try to impress upon your students how special this is – the nations of the world, coming together under a banner of peace, to compete in a show of good sportsmanship. There's really no gathering quite like it! When John wrote the bridge that says, "It means so very much to ev'ryone involved," he initially had different lyrics in mind that would emphasize what it meant to the athletes. But the truth is, we cheer our heads off in front of the living room TV, don't we? So it means a lot to all of us, especially if we have a loved one competing, or someone from our country has a chance to bring home the gold.
Of course, this song would be great at any assembly that celebrates the Olympics, whether in Sochi, or in future games. So, put on your ski hats and the colors of your country. Shake your pom-poms for your favorite athletes. And get ready – the games are coming!
Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.