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Dubois: Like the man asks, what is your walk-up song?

Last Modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 6:08 PM

By Carl Dubois / Special to the American Press

So, the University of Oregon released its chart listing the dominant color it wants U of O fans to wear at each football game this season.

Something catches my eye on LinkedIn every day, and last night it was this piece by Richard A. Moran.

The first thing I noticed was there was no hyphen between "walk" and "up." That's been changed, as someone no doubt pointed out the two words are used in the sentence as a compound modifier. It's the occupational hazard of a copy editor to notice those things (even if we are lax about our own adherence to grammar and style rules at our convenience).

But I digress.

What's your walk-up song, then?

I've given this some thought over the years. It was fun to launch my game-day LSU baseball blog with the starting lineups -- complete with the name of the song chosen by each batter. One player went with this line: "I wish I was a little bit taller" from Skee-Lo's "I Wish." Another chose “That Butt Thing” by Horace Trahan and the New Ossun Express. My favorite SEC walk-out song was that of former Arkansas infielder Scott Hode (pronounced HO-dee). The song was "Minnie the Moocher," and Hode chose the most obvious portion of the song for his walk-up music:





The payoff comes about 49 seconds into the song.

I always thought "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones would be a good walk-up song. Peter Frampton's "Doobie Wah" comes to mind, mainly because except for the second of three syllables in the song's title, it's not a bad phonetic spelling of my last name. Byron Taylor used to call me Doobie Wah all the time back in our guitar-playing days.

But the song doesn't really have a signature line or musical phrasing, nothing that would make a good adrenaline-pumping 15-second clip, and I dare say it's fairly obscure these days.

So, what to pick? Something with meaningful lyrics? A wall of sound in overdrive? Something that reminds you of the fundamentals, or to relax, or to just have fun? There are so many ways go go with it. I love Hawaiian slack key guitar, but that doesn't seem like the right mood.

Some of the best ones are forever linked with one person. "Enter Sandman" belongs to Mariano Rivera, as the author pointed out in the piece linked above. The same with "Wild Thing," which he also mentioned. Auburn had a relief pitcher named John Madden, and he entered the game to the old "Monday Night Football" theme. Of course.

The truth? I can't decide. What about you?

Think about it and meet me back here later to compare notes?

In the meantime, here's a list of not-so-typical walk-up songs, including my favorite in the group: the theme from RBI Baseball by Nintendo.





And speaking of music from video games from way back, I once saw the Portland Cello Project play this live in Eugene, Ore.



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