Anyway, I noticed that each team was asked what kind of animal they would be. Ashley and Joel picked eagle. Not surprising cause an eagle is a very powerful spirit animal in the indigenous world. I should know, I wrote a book about Spirit Animals Actually two, one for kids. But Ashley and Joel were weren't the only ones. Others teams pick eagles and other so-called "strong" animals like tigers, lions, lioness, gorilla, wolf, plus a few dogs.. Funny that Lowell, who's legally blind, picked the owl. Based on my research, owl's can symbolize great sight, be it visual and spiritual, plus stealth and cunning. Unfortunately, some cultures also view an owl as a harbinger of death so I hope your choice doesn't mean you guys go out early. I also thought Kelly and Kate's choices were interesting. Kate picked a squirrel which might be a sign of her jumpy personality but Kelly's choice of a sloth was circumspect. My kid is big on sloths these days but in a race, I don't think a sloth is a good choice. Frankie and Amy went a completely different direction, an obvious sign of their personalities, with their mythological choices of a mermaid for Frankie and a unicorn for Amy.
Of course for me this question always brings up this query: Why did no one pick a human? We are animals ya know and despite some of weird things we do, I'm proud to be a human. You might think it's cause I'm a practical guy with no imagination. And you'd be wrong if you read my bio. I'd answer human mostly cause I'm a smartass.
But the animal thing matters little to my silly concerns about the Walk On Music. And I'm disappointed in the choices. Don't you teams know that this is Amazing Race Canada? And only one of you, Anthony and Brandon, pick a Canadian song, Micheal Buble's Feeling Good. But while they got some Cancon points for doing that, I can only ask: Michael Buble? Really? Sure, he's an awesome artist but as a walk on song? Come on, dudes.
Here, let me define the term Walk On Song for ya. The whole point of a walk on song is to create excitement when you enter the room. Imagine you're a wrestler and you're coming out to a giant crowd and looking to drive them insane with your entrance. Or a relief pitching being called out to end the inning in a close game. You only got about 20-30 seconds of that song to drive your fans into a frenzy, to intimidate your opponent with your arrival, and to give short demonstration of your personality. And though Micheal Buble is Canadian, his style of laid back jazz isn't the kind of stuff to strike fear into the heart of your opponent. Chances are the opposite will happen and not only will your opponent be ready to kick your ass but you fans may start to turn on you. Or go to sleep. Or head out the stadium cause w this reliever doesn't have the chops to take out the batter and we're going to lose so we want to beat the traffic.
Sure the lyrics in the song may work as a theme song for you, but there's a big difference between a theme song, one you sing to yourself to keep yourself going in the race and a walk on song, one you use to intimidate your opponents and thrill your fans. Watch some wrestling if you need to understand more. And I know this is probably all semantics to you and makes no difference in the race (or it might) but hey, what did the title of this piece says? Something about silliness.
So in short, as a walk on song, Michael Buble just doesn't cut it. Too mellow, man. But solid points for a Cancon artist. You guys were the only team that did this. Other teams that had lacklustre walk on choices were also Rita and Yvette, Julie and Lowell, Kelli and Kate, Stephane and Antoine, Steph and Kristen, and Frankie and Amy. All of the songs they chose are decent songs and may say some something about their personalities, were great theme songs, but as walk on songs, they lacked the necessary opening punch.
Look to Joel and Ashley for a classic walk on song. We Will Rock by Queen is one of the best, so much so it could almost be considered a generic choice. But it's an awesome song. The Boom, Boom, Clap sets the rhythm early so your fans can join in, bang their feet and clap their hands to enhance the volume of the song, thus intimidating your opponent with noise. And then Joel and Ashley can enter the theatre, arms in the air, posing dramatically, like a couple of Cree warriors, further thrilling their fans. The lyrics are an assault on the opponent, you know the lyrics sing them. And with Freddie Mercury singing them, no one sings anthemic rock better than the late Freddie, you got yourself a classic and powerful walk on song. Excellent choice, however points taken away from Queen not being Canadian. And some minor points for an over-used song. But they understand what a walk on song means. Maybe they can include the follow up to this song, We Are the Champions as their theme song. Take a look at how powerful that combination can be. Lots of room posing, sing along and all that.
Kudos also go to Anne and Tanya's choice of Muse's Uprising. Muse is a solid band, great with anthemic songs that really go nowhere. Great stage show though. Uprising has a nice beat to start and I can see someone walking on quite confidently with it. But again, points taken away from no CanCon.
So you might be wondering what would make a great walk on song for Gord and Wayne. Or you might not, But even if you're not, I'm going to tell you. We've thought about it, well at least I have, and since I have more music knowledge than Gord, he'll probably go with my choice. And I think he'd like it. I'm also going to include some other Cancon choices in different genres, for no reason cause I want to. So this is probably the song we'd choose cause #1: We're old. #2. It says a lot about our personality and the attitude we'd bring to the race. #3. It's a classic Canadian song from the classic CanCon era of the 1970s and that was a great time in Canadian rock. Here ya go.