the leafs were playing on some televisions, and then the world junior semi-finals were on others.
we were discussion various aspects of hockey - is the goalie a specialized position, has it always been like that? why does the goalie get a different stick?
canada was playing russia. the game was exceptionally violent, there were 6 or 7 penalties in the first period, all for things like high-sticking and hooking. i was wondering about the looming social pressure. since the famous cold war game in 1972, games played between russia and canada seem to carry more weight, like they are playing for ULTIMATE WORLD DOMINATION in a way that games against the us or other countries don't. did that account for the increased violence of the players?
we were also listening to the music. there was so much organ music, and it was interspersed with classic rock anthems and a few more modern songs.
when did the organ become a hockey instrument? did the first games between the original six feature organ music?
were all arenas outfitted with pipe organs? did they have guys on keyboards, or equivalent people in sound booths with samples pumping out the organ sounds in the us like they did here?
did it have to do with silent movies, which had someone playing the piano or organ along with the film, or was it more a church and reverence thing, for playing god save the queen and later o canada.
is it somehow equivalent to the american half-time show? a military marching band with the teams as the two armies, and the spectators being whipped up into a greater frenzy so they don't get bored during the breaks.
i can't imagine the link between the militaristic aspects of hockey and an organ, but maybe there is one.
i need to track down a musicologist or a hockey or sport historian.
i want to know about the organ music.
i can find various papers discussing the contrast between the hetero-normative sports culture and the very gay rock songs that are most popular.
i can find analysis of jock rock songs, jock jam albums, associations between jazz and early african american baseball and basketball teams and players.
i have found sport music papers about shaquille o'neal's rap album.
i can find information about golf music in the 1800s.
i can't find anything on the source of the organ songs, or the origins of music while playing hockey.
i am considering writing to don cherry to ask him.
has hockey always had a soundtrack?
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