19 Jan

Olympic figure skating unveils new, modern soundtrack

first_imgVanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France perform in the pair skating short program team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — When the International Skating Union made the popular decision to allow lyrics in all performances, the Paul Simon classic “The Sound of Silence” seemed like it would be a natural choice.The folk tune is light and airy and fits neatly within the confines of traditional figure skating.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Fans still will see four Olympic programs set to “Carmen” and three to “Swan Lake.” Two programs are set to the figure skating staple “Moonlight Sonata,” including one by ice dance favorites Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.But the decision by skating’s governing body after the 2014 Sochi Games to allow lyrics in all disciplines expanded the breadth of what is available, and skaters have taken broad liberties with it.Ed Sheeran and Coldplay will provide popular soundtracks to the rest of the Olympic skating scene. The rock bands Imagine Dragons and Snow Patrol, English vocalist Benjamin Clementine and pop musicians Lorde, Christina Aguilera and Adele also have music in the mix.“At the beginning, people were just choosing random music,” Cipres recalled, “but after some time I think people realized it didn’t work. You have to choose your music carefully.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres went in another direction.Yes, the French pairs team chose the 1960s hit for their free skate last year, and will bring it back for their Olympic program Thursday. But rather than the melodic version performed by Simon and Art Garfunkel, they opted for a haunting, heavy metal cover by American rock band Disturbed .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It was our coaches who found it,” James told The Associated Press. “They were like, ‘We really think it could be a hit.’ And Morgan listened to it and was like, ‘I don’t like it,’ because we weren’t used to it. And I was like, ‘OK, let me see if I can get into this.’ I thought it could be amazing, and I was like, ‘Morgan, let’s trust them.’ And we were so right to have trusted them.”That’s because the stirring rendition, coupled with the pair’s dramatic program, became such a fan favorite that they replaced this season’s program with it for the Pyeongchang Games. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Many skaters, such as James and Cipres, wound up choosing covers over an original. They may like the lyrics or message of a song but they also want it to have a different rhythm or feel.Two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada wanted “With or Without You” for their short program, but they decided U2’s original was a bit monotone. Their choreographers unearthed a little-known cover by singer-songwriter April Meservy that worked better for their routine.“There are people who are like, ‘Why aren’t they skating to the original?’ But if you listen to the original, it doesn’t lend itself well to a figure skating program,” Radford explained. “April’s version just has more ebb and flow, and it just works better for us.”Worked out well for Meservy, too. An anonymous donor provided funds for her to travel from the U.S. to South Korea and watch Duhamel and Radford perform to her rendition on Olympic ice.“‘With or Without You’ is a popular song,” Duhamel said, “but we always try to find unique versions of things. We try to veer off the path and pick obscure versions of songs.”That’s what German skater Paul Fentz thought he was doing when asked his choreographer to find a 1950s-style jazz tune, and wound up doing Paul Anka’s version of the Oasis hit “Wonderwall.”Fentz performed to it during his short program for the team competition last week, and he quickly became a trending topic on social media as fans debated whether it was cool or cringe-worthy.“That’s the risk you take,” said Fentz, whose free skate set to music from “Game of Thrones” ought to win back some skeptics. “I know the Oasis song, I really like it. But it wasn’t like I was trying to make something new or something. I just wanted something a little smoother.”The Austrian pairs team of Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer will perform to the well-known song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” when they step on the ice Wednesday for their short program.Rather than the pop-fueled original by The Proclaimers , though, Ziegler and Kiefer chose a soaring version by the cast of “Sunshine on Leith” — a British musical set to the Scottish duo’s music. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jeff Buckley’s popular version of the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” will make an appearance, but so will two covers by K.D. Lang , including the one chosen by pairs favorites Han Cong and Sui Wenjing.“We have so much more music to choose,” Fentz said. “Many skaters picked Ed Sheeran or something, and you can’t skate to Ed Sheeran without lyrics. You can’t pick that.“With lyrics,” Fentz said, “it’s just better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

11 Jan

Around Whittier

first_imgROSEMEAD – A man riding a motorcycle was killed Wednesday in an accident involving a car on the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway in the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, prompting the closure of westbound lanes, authorities said. The accident occurred on the 60 Freeway at Rosemead Boulevard around 1:45 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Both the car and the motorcycle were in flames after the crash, and the motorcyclist, a man 35 to 40 years old, was killed, according to the CHP. A SigAlert was issued for all westbound lanes at 2:03a.m., said CHP Officer Alex Gonzales. Exactly how the crash occurred was not immediately determined. An investigation was under way, Gonzales said. Fundraiser set to benefit libraries PICO RIVERA – Friends of the Pico Rivera Libraries will host a fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. April 17 at Shakey’s Pizza Restaurant, 9290 Whittier Blvd. On that day, Shakey’s Pizza will donate 25 percent of all purchases, including take-out orders, to the Pico Rivera and Rivera libraries. For more information, call (562) 948-1141. Whittier rental space available WHITTIER – Rental space is available at the Special Activities Building, 7702 Washington Ave., for use by local social services agencies, city officials have announced. The current rent is about $1,500 per month. Agency representatives interested in viewing the office space should make an appointment with Dan Walker, facility supervisor, at (562) 464-3430. Agencies wishing to apply to rent the facility must submit by April 30 a letter of interest, mission statement, description of how the facility will be used, a board of directors list, current operating budget and proof of nonprofit status. Send the information to: Community Services Department, City of Whittier, 13230 Penn St., Whittier, CA 90602. Applications will be reviewed by the Social Services Commission, which will make a recommendation to City Council. For more information, call (562) 464-3360. Youth job fair set for April 28 LA HABRA – Residents 16 to 21 years old who are seeking summer jobs can meet with prospective employers at the annual summer youth job fair, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 28 at the La Habra Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd. Attendees should bring a resume, dress appropriately and be prepared to interview. No jeans, T-shirts or polo shirts. Some employers represented at this year’s event include Kohl’s, Target, Costco, ACN Telecommunications and Knott’s Berry Farm. For more information, call (562) 905-7095. Americana to be slide show subject WHITTIER – Charles Phoenix, an Americana collector and author, will be featured at 5 p.m. April 29 in the Whittier Community Theatre, 7630 Washington Ave. Phoenix will present a slide presentation of Southern California as it was in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Whittier Public Library, 7344 Washington Ave., and the Whittwood Branch Library, 10537 Santa Gertrudes Ave. For more information, call (562) 464-3450. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more