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Skidmania Fall 2022

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The Department of Music is pleased to announce Skidmania '72, planned for November 18 and 19 at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Inspired by the beloved and long-running Beatlemore, this reboot celebrates the music of 50 years ago, fueled by the talent and imagination of Skidmore student musicians. We envision an exciting and inclusive bill of music and musicians for a set of charity concerts with broad appeal on campus and in the larger Saratoga region.   

Auditioned student acts will present creative twists on familiar music, or straight-up tributes--all based on selections from the music of 1972.  Some noteworthy eligible songs include “Superstition” (Stevie Wonder), “Rock and Roll” (Led Zeppelin), “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (Roberta Flack), “Changes” (David Bowie), “Rocket Man” (Elton John), “Clean Up Woman” (Betty Wright), “Roundabout” (Yes)--and so many more fantastic possibilities (ideas below).

Audition deadline October 15 (by video submission). Requirements and details below.

More song possibilities

Further song ideas may be gleaned from online lists and other sources. (One song, TBD, will be reserved for a rousing sing-along grand-finale.) Some particularly promising selections include:

  • “Rocket Man” (Elton John)
  • “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” (The Temptations)
  • “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard” (Paul Simon)
  • “All the Young Dudes” (Mott the Hoople)
  • “Back Stabbers” (The O’Jays)
  • “Doctor My Eyes” (Jackson Browne)
  • “Anticipation” (Carly Simon)
  • “Everybody Plays the Fool” (The Main Ingredient)
  • “Been to Canaan” (Carole King)
  • Rock and Roll” (Led Zeppelin)
  • “Clean Up Woman” (Betty Wright)
  • “Day Dreaming” (Aretha Franklin)
  • “Changes” (David Bowie)
  • “Beg, Steal, or Borrow” (The New Seekers)
  • “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (Roberta Flack)
  • “Freddie’s Dead” (Curtis Mayfield)
  • “Get on the Good Foot” (James Brown)
  • “Superstition” (Stevie Wonder)
  • “Saturday in the Park” (Chicago)
  • “Heart of Gold” (Neil Young)          
  • “I Am Woman” (Helen Reddy)
  • “Sitting” (Cat Stevens)
  • “I Can See Clearly Now” (Johnny Nash)
  • “I’ll Take You There” (The Staple Singers)
  • “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right” (Luther Ingram)
  • “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (Harlod Melvin & The Blue Notes)
  • “Listen to the Music” (Doobie Brothers)
  • “The Candy Man” (Sammy Davis, Jr.)
  • “The Godfather (soundtrack)” (Nino Rota / see also Andy Williams)
  • “Roundabout” (Yes)
  • “Sugar Daddy” (Jackson 5)
  • “I’m Still in Love With You” (Al Green)

Audition process

Take the stage for this historic musical event! Concerts are planned for November 18 and 19, with acts to be selected by an audition process:

  • We seek high-quality performances in a wide variety of styles and interpretations.
  • Songs should be chosen from the music of 1972 (see above). (Two 1972 songs are off-limits for audition but will be featured in a rousing finale: “Lean on Me” and “American Pie.”)
  • Audition by October 15. Submit videos here.

Questions about song selection, the audition process, or anything else that’s on your mind: contact Jeremy Day-O’Connell.