I was just chilling in bed when I had suddenly noticed in the background some guys watching TV. And not just anything… It was time for a Champions League game (for the blondies, the uninterested, and the I-got-better-shit-to-do-with-my-life kind of people, this is an article about music and a football game). No, I apologise… Not just A game, The game: Barcelona Vs Bayern München. When living in Germany, you come to realise -fairly quicly- that football and beer are deeply hearted in the culture, one of the similarities between  Germany and home.  ^^
How do I know it was the Champions League? – the Champions League Anthem of course! “What an amazing theme! Power, energy, inspiration!”, I thought to myself. Just what anyone needs to get the adrenaline on the road cruising! Soon a guy started singing: “Die Beeeeesten”. I immediately thought to myself again: “Wow! I must have listened to this a hundred times and I never thought there were lyrics to it!” To be fair, I could only distinguish “The Chaaaampions” part but I thought that was that really.
Curious as I am and in hopes that this will be a good investment in impressing a guy in the future, I did what anyone with Internet access would do nowadays: googled it and then wikied it… With lyrics written by Tony Britten and the adopted 1727-music from Georg Friedrich Händel’s coronation anthem for King George II (Zadoc the Priest), the Champions League Anthem was performed by London’s Philarmonic Orchestra and sung by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus in 1992.
This piece of magnificent motivational music belongs now to my playlist amongst others. Waking up to this really lifts me up, gives me confidence and sets my minset ready to play the game of life in a football field where everyone is watching, with the ultimate goal to prevail, take action and win!
There is nothing better than music that lifts you up and speaks to your heart. So spend the time throughout life and collect it. If beautiful memories come to mind when listening to a song, or if it simply resonates with you, then you know it is a keeper!
Patients diagnosed with dementia are advised to -of course, among other therapeutical options- go for music therapy, in particular “preferred music” (personalised music the person enjoys). This can be helpful for the patients and the caregivers, especially when the demented are suffering from behavior-changing symptoms (agitation, anxiety). This form of psychosocial intervention is used to stimulate the brain and remind them of beautiful memories, and eventually calm them down.
Having a grandmother who suffered from dementia, I wonder… “Could this be me being proactive and stimulating my brain already?” I don’t know… Probably… But it is fun for me anyway, so I will keep looking for and singing music like this for as long as I can 🙂 And so can we all!
90 minutes later the game had ended, 3:0. My drunken neighbours were singing songs of comfort and solace for their team, Bayern München. And I? Well, I am still stuck with the Champions League Anthem:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mf9LUNB-JsM
Ce sont les meilleures équipes
Sie sind die allerbesten Mannschaften
The main event
Die Meister
Die Besten
Les Grandes Équipes
The Champions
Une grande réunion
Eine große sportliche Veranstaltung
The main event
Ils sont les meilleurs
Sie sind die Besten
These are the champions
Chorus (2x):
Die Meister
Die Besten
Les Grandes Équipes
The Champions