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Music Department

Skidmania Fall 2022

The Department of Music is pleased to announce Skidmania (working title), planned for Fall 2022 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), “Black Dog” (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 details will be announced early in the Fall ’22 semester. In the meantime, please direct any questions to Jeremy Day-O’Connell.

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)
  • “Black Dog” (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)

Student Advisory Board

A Student Advisory Board will assist the faculty leadership in the planning, organization, and advertising of Skidmania 2022. Interested in helping out? Apply here.