The classic Simon and Garfunkel song Sound of Silence gets a brand new, emotionally powerful treatment by the band Disturbed. Click the Play button below to hear it, or the Buy button to get the edited 2:25 length version, designed expressly for a lyrical or contemporary competition or recital dance routine. As always, Squirrel Trench Audio delivers seamless and ultra smooth edits.
Brand new, a beautiful and moving song for a lyrical routine, the heartfelt I Get to Love You by Ruelle. Not only is this song lovely to listen and dance to, the official music video features the talented dancer, Ms. Brianna Roland, who has won numerous competition titles using Squirrel Trench Audio-created remixes. She is the first dancer seen in the video, and is featured throughout it.
Squirrel Trench Audio has three edited lengths of this routine, ready for your next competition or recital lyrical or contemporary routine, at 2:55, 2:43, and 1:57.
Enjoy the official video featuring Brianna Roland:
To learn more about the titles that Ms. Roland has won with Squirrel Trench Audio-created soundtracks, here is info about her Starbound senior title (2013), Starquest title (2012), and OnStage New York title (2013).
Over on the DanceMom.com discussion forum, it was brought up that some dancers really don’t care about the music that is used for a routine. Some people just want to dance, no matter what the music is.
While that is certainly a true statement, I also want to point out that in most instances of dance performance, music is of great importance. No matter whether it’s a cinematic work, broadway show, or dance competition, as much care should be taken with the choice of music as with the selection of costume, hairstyle, makeup, and props, especially in regards to the emotional impact the music can provide.
I’ve had the great pleasure of doing some music editing for title winning dancer Brianna Roland. Last year, I fixed the music she had self-edited, for the piece she had choreographed for Prince’s When Doves Cry. She won several dance competition titles with this outstanding routine:
For comparison sake, I edited k.d.lang’s Constant Craving, which uses the same 129 bpm tempo, to the same length of choreography, and swapped the audio for the original Prince song. Here is the same dance, but with Constant Craving as music:
In both versions, Miss Brianna’s dancing is superb (and of course is identical in both). Because the tempo of both songs is the same, many of Miss Brianna’s movements in the Constant Craving version are in sync with the music. Both songs are emotionally powerful. Watch both of these versions and let me know what you think of the difference between the two.
Below are 19 songs that could be great for your next lyrical routine. If you have other great song ideas, leave them in the comments below and I’ll add ’em! If you want to use any of these songs and need them edited perfectly for competition, we’d love to serve it up for you. We also have song suggestions for Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theater, and Kid Friendly Hip Hop. If none of these songs grab you, here is Lyrical Songs part 1, and we’ve got the whole list of lyrical songs here.
FREE* edit available! (*Free if you already have Try, if not, it will cost $1.29):
My Ghost – Glass Pear
The Freshmen – Jay Brennan (Verve Pipe cover)
Sunny Came Home (live) – Shawn Colvin
Strong Enough (live) – Sheryl Crow
Last Kiss (acoustic) – Boyce Avenue (Taylor Swift cover)
Time After Time – Eva Cassidy
Love Will Lead You Back – Young Divas
Where the Streets Have No Name – Vitamin Piano Series (U2 Piano Tribute)
Love, Reign O’er Me – Pearl Jam cover of The Who
Beside You – Marianas Trench
Love’s Devine – Seal
The Moment I Said It – Imogen Heap
If you didn’t find something that tickles your ears in the list above, we’ve got a bunch more lyrical songs here. And whether or not you wind up using one of these songs, we’d love to edit it to the correct length perfectly for you!