I’ve been thinking recently about music as it relates to football. There are classics such as those from Sam Spence and NFL Films. Round Up, The Magnificent Eleven, and Up She Rises are all great examples of Spence’s timeless football masterpieces. On the other end of the spectrum we have the hard-partying, good ol’ boy track Are You Ready for Some Football? by Hank Williams, Jr. “Fight songs” of each college and NFL team gives common fans a unifying rally cry. Even songs that are unrelated to football have become synonymous with the game: We Will Rock You (We Are the Champions) by Queen, or I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas are played at almost every game a person attends. These are all great football songs, and anything that involves football I love, but for me one song stands head and shoulders above the rest: All Kinds of Time by Fountains of Wayne.
I don’t understand why this song has not gained more popularity. Every time I hear it, chills run down my spine. It reaches a place at the core of my being. The song is about a young quarterback that’s under duress in a ball game, but then suddenly and inexplicably, gets it. Things start to make sense. Everything slows down. He’s able to calmly survey the field, look to his right and left, and find his open man for the victory. The song is a celebration of pure triumph in the face of stress and pressure. What a great analogy of life! If you keep trying, keep persevering, good things will happen.
I would have loved to embed the entire song for you here, but because of legalities, the best I can do is give you an old NFL Network promo that uses a portion of the song. It’s cool though. It shows vintage NFL clips that tie in beautifully with the song.
The embedded video is about 1-minute long, but if you want to hear the entire thing, just do a search on YouTube. You’ll find full versions of the song there. If I’m not mistaken, Fountains of Wayne originally released All Kinds of Time with their third album, Welcome Interstate Managers. Anyway, I hope you love it as much as I do.
As always, run to daylight.