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September 14, 2009

A Song for Sunday #25

Filed under: A Song for Sunday,Football — rmangum @ 1:04 am

B0002VERQA.01.LZZZZZZZI wanted to post this song last week to coincide with the first week of the NFL regular season, but my internet connection has been unreliable of late, and was down last Sunday. Oh well. Here’s A Golden Boy Again, the iconic composition for NFL Films by Sam Spence. Spence’s music is usually jazzy, madcap fun, but this one is epic, perfectly capturing the power and pathos of a football game. Spence was a soundtrack composer in the tradition of Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, and Raymond Scott. Not much of an innovator, his scores borrowed from everywhere, and some songs were just straight ripoffs. With this piece though, he really does something special, turning the tune “What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor” into the sound of hard-won victory.

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