Monday, July 30, 2012

Music Monday ~ Sport & Music ?

Sports and the Olympic Games are on the minds of many at present. I'm not, nor ever have been even a tiny bit interested in sport; nationalism and team-ism (as in the Olympics) isn't my thing either. Whichever astrologer first proposed that Aquarius-types enjoy group-ism must have been mistaken, according to my own experience of Aquarius-types, anyway. I've never been clear on exactly what that particular proposition was based.

Trying to concoct a Music Monday post linking music to sport turned out to be an awkward, nigh impossible task. Songs linking to sport I could think of, or find with Google's help, were only obliquely related to sports, and not exclusively to sports - rather to winning: We are the Champions, Simply the Best and suchlike. Take Me Out to the Ballgame, is the only song with a direct link, I came up with, other than a few songs from movies about sport, though the songs themselves could equally relate to other aspects of life too.

Sport and the arts tend not to mix. Whereas there are many famous actors who are also good musicians or singers, painters or writers, and vice-versa, it's rare to come across a sports person who has also made a name somewhere in the arts world. Johnny Mathis shone in sports during his high school days, he was a high jumper and hurdler, and played on the basketball team. Other singers and musicians were, no doubt, similarly talented in school - but in professional life the two talents must surely consitute an impossible mix, at least if the individual wished to excel in both spheres.

In astrology Mars and Aries represent the competitive spirit necessary for a person to shine in the wide arena of sports. But there's more to it than that - there has to be. Both husband and I have a good helping of Aries in our natal charts: his Sun, my Moon and Saturn, but neither of us has any interest in sport, nor are we in the least competitive in nature. I suspect that placement of the Sun and/or Leo in the natal chart could be involved. Again though, husband has Leo rising and Moon in Leo, so that doesn't work for him either.

The urge to shine - stand out - personally, is a major part of the competitive urge. A strongly-placed Sun in the natal chart, in whatever sign it happens to be, is a likely ingredient of such an innate urge. Strongly-placed could = first house, exactly on the ascending degree would be even stronger; at mid-heaven would be good, or on the descendant angle - that, along with a prominent Mars and/or Aries could be an ideal mix to bring forth a strongly competitive sports person with drive enough to succeed. If I'm wrong in this I'll be more than happy to be corrected.

For a music video today, theme from a film about athletes - Chariots of Fire. The music was written and recorded by Vangelis for the soundtrack of the movie. Wikipedia describes the film:
Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.

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