2011 Show Music

Hey everyone!  Let's keep the Firework Spirit going all year!  No, we don't have to blow stuff up at home, but when you are listening to the radio, if Fireworks start popping off in your head, send us your recommendation!  If Fireworks keep popping off in your head after the music stops, well, see a doctor.

GET READY for SWEET 16!  THANK YOU in advance for your contribution to the discussion!

Kev & Bill

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  1. Michael Wong says:

    Bill you will have to consider Katy Perry’s chart topper Fireworks. She has her video and song on the site.

  2. Bev McComb says:

    I would suggest the Fox Brothers – Red, White, & Blue… I just saw a video of them performing this song at an awards show in Nashville. its a great song, and patriotic…. Great for fireworks!!!!


  3. kevin says:

    Rock around the Clock
    Bill Haley and the COMETS (and some comets in next year’s show!)

  4. Fred says:

    I haven’t had much time to look for music yet, but I want to renew my offer to assist in any sound engineering-type tasks. Recording, editing, etc. Let me know if I can help in any way.

    Here’s a quick music list I put together, some fast, some slow:

    It’s America – Rodney Atkins
    Coming to America – AIRO (Featuring Brule’)
    Home – Daughtry
    Blossom Scented Breeze – Gradymusic
    Citizen/Soldier – 3 Doors Down
    Home Sweet Home – Carrie Underwood
    America – Brokn Sleep
    America – Jewel
    America – Lee Greenwood

    Something different, but likely good fireworks music:
    America – Tongue Dried Sun
    America – Masquerade
    America – Amarillo Star

    Pre-Show Lead in Music:
    Sight of My Homeland – Tim Janis
    Sunrise Over the Ocean – Tim Janis
    The Flag Parade (From Episode I) – John Williams

  5. Cheryl says:

    I’m embarassed to send yet another list but it seems word got out and people keep sending me suggestions – never know what “sticks” so I’ll send them and maybe something will strike your fancy.

    Get your Kicks on Route 66
    Yankie Doodle Boy
    Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
    Armed Forces Medley
    Star Wars theme
    Sing Sing Sing (segment as it is 9.5 min. long)

    Hope your hunt is going well!

  6. William Cook says:

    Thanks everybody… there are some excellent fireworks songs here!

  7. Cheryl Burke says:

    Um…that should be John Groban, not Broban. Still working on something patriotic that hasn’t been done to death.

  8. Cheryl Burke says:

    I have decided after listening to “all” of the music, including pieces offered by my next door neighbor’s 16 year old (oh help) that I need a better sound system on my computer. Here’s the list as we see it from the Chicago burbs. I should mention I could only find the past 2 years videos so I hope I don’t duplicate some past contributions:
    Every Breath You Take – Sting
    You’ll be in my Heart-Phil Collins
    You Shook Me all Night Long – AC/DC
    Start Me Up-Rolling Stones
    “America the Song” by Dustin James, sung by Brittany Black
    Colours of the Wind – Vanessa Williams
    Hallelujah Song – Julianna Hough
    Sweet Caroline – we like the Elvis version
    Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
    Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Andrea Boucelli
    Musikkfeat-John Rock – Summer Lovin
    Zip – A – Dee- Doo – Dah by Aly and AJ
    A Whole New World – Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson
    You Raise Me Up – John Broban
    Minnie the Moocher – Blues Brothers
    Rawhide – Blues Brothers
    Soul Man – Blues Brothers
    Twist & Shout (shake your tail feathers) – Blues Brothers
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow – we like Israel Kamakawiwo (Hawaiian version)
    When you Wish Upon a Star

  9. Alex Lobodovsky says:

    OK, I’m going to go crazy and throw some stuff out – some stuff people didn’t know existed. Don’t be scared!

    Montrose Space Station #5. That could be a great opener with the spacey long intro. Has kind of a rocket/space theme.

    ELP – Karn Evil 9; Still you turn me on

    Steely Dan Kid Charlemagne.

    Neil Young just got the lifetime achievement award. How about After The Gold Rush? Michael Jackson got it too so you might want to include him as well. Billy Jean is good.

    Luiz Bonfa a day in the life of a fool manha de carnaval.

    Fried neckbones (Santana version).

    Entre Abismos by Linda Ronstadt. Yeah, I got that right. Look it up on youtube!

    Norah Jones Don’t Know Why (because it sounds good).

    Propellerheads & Shirley Bassey – History Repeating.

    Hot Club of Cowtown – Tchavolo Swing. Gotta move fast on this one!

    Grateful Dead – St. Stephen; Shakedown Street; US Blues. Perhaps a Dead medley?

    Pink Panther by Henry Mancini.

    Robin Trower – Bridge Of Sighs

    The Tubes – White Punks On Dope

    STARZ – “Cool One” (might be a little racy)

    Gamma – Voyager

    Sarah McLachlan – Building A Mystery

    Janis Joplin- Summertime

  10. Vincent Marino says:

    You really hit a home run last year with Phil Collins “In the Air Toniight”. I did not go thru the old videos but I did compile a list of songs. For the patriotic songs you are limited and as you mentioned you have already used Lee Greenwood too many times. You can go traditional with something like
    Hail to the Chief http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey4MdU290wY or some of my other favorites are Neil Diamond’s “America” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3S7mlRYL-8 and Neil Young’s “Rock in the Free World” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQccK0F1_iY. This is a newer song which may be too slow and more of a world melody but a great song; Israel Kamakawiwo’s Somewhere over the Rainbow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ltAGuuru7Q
    You have probably used many of these but here are some older songs; many having the fireworks related theme or just great songs that get people to their feet.
    Elton John’s “Rocket Man” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzrKlEtxTx4
    Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bplEcbzjME
    Rolling Stones “Hang Fire” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zJ-d0bb_Wo
    Michael Jackson “Don’t stop till you get enough” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrPTDU40hO4
    Power Station “Some like it hot” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgYqIvnPvqQ
    Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAmgTNATJkk
    Smith’s “How Soon is Now” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U5HpeA_WSo
    Alphaville’s Forever Young http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7CuJ8cR9sg
    Elvis “A Little Less Conversation” REMIX http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0vXxH1IEmQ
    Asia’s “Heat of the Moment” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlTvWvfEMxE
    Clash’s “London Calling” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfK-WX2pa8c
    Jim Hendrix’s “Fire” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U88KuWxayLg&feature=related
    Here are some songs which are newer that I really like besides the two I mentioned before:
    Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx3m4e45bTo
    Jamioraqui’s “Canned Heat” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGjC0wbUXzk
    Lady GaGa’s “Poker Face” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOAGZtLQ0jw
    Snoop Dogg’s “Beautiful” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktmvnKAGoks
    Propellerheads “Spy Break” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCBL33NKvPA
    I am sure this is too much information but more is better right????

  11. William Cook says:

    Great ideas! Please keep them coming. You all have access to 7 years of show videos, so feel free to give them a listen. I’ve got no problem bringing back some pieces we’ve used in past years. For instance, our 2005 soundtrack has always received a popular vote with the crew as one of our best. I’m considering bringing back Fox Brothers “Red White and Blue” as a patriotic song… it has a good false finale element to it. Your thoughts? And as good as it is, I just can’t bring myself to use Lee Greenwood again this year… it’s almost gone the way of Whitney Houston’s Star Spangled Banner – her rendition is truly the gold standard for patriotic finales, but we used it, and used it, and used it……. I know there’s something else out there… so let’s find it! :-) Thanks again!

  12. Cheryl says:

    My next door neighbor is a musician. We’re going to listen to 20,000 CD’s tomorrow. Off the top of my head – Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkle.

  13. Vincent Marino says:

    I am so glad you asked. I have been thinking about this one song since last year which is “Let it Rock” by Kevin Rudolf. Here is the link listen on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQJiQr7Fgsw

    Because when I arrive
    I, I bring the fire
    Make you come alive
    I can take you higher
    what is this, forgot?
    I must now remind you
    Let It Rock
    Let It Rock
    Let It Rock

    Here is the link listen on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQJiQr7Fgsw

    Another song which is a more recent release is Boom Boom Pow from the Black Eyed Peas. Here is the link to listen on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9H3AP53ROk

    These are 2 great songs and there is a lot of different things you can do with them to incorporate into the show. I hope you like them.

  14. Tiffany says:

    Proud to be an American by Lee Greenwod. Unless you have already done it.. which I am sure you have.. Can you list the songs you have already done? That may help with coming up with something new.

  15. Chester The DOG says:

    I would suggest some TOOL – straight from the NAVY commercials

  16. William Cook says:

    Okay, let’s get things started! Suggestions? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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