March 29, 2012
BERKELEY - Besides the roaring and devoted fan base that comes with playing at home at Levine-Fricke Field, one of the best parts about playing at home for the California softball team are the walk-up songs. Each of the Golden Bears select a clip of one or two songs to be played as they stride to the plate. This weekend will feature the first Pac-12 homestand and only the third chance for the Bears to have walk-up songs, so CalBears.com picked the Bears' brains to find out what their walk-up songs are and why they chose them.
Valerie Arioto -
"Valerie" by Amy Winehouse and "I Want to Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston. I had to pick "Valerie" because of course it is my name! Whitney is just classic, and that song puts me in a good mood and makes me want to dance!
Cheyenne Cordes -
My first walk up song is "Time Has Come Today" by the Chambers Brothers. I chose this particular song because i love the movie "Remember the Titans" and this song is in that movie, and this song gets me pumped. My second walk up song is "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)" from "Star Wars." I chose this song because it was one of Derek Jeter's walk-up songs. I am the biggest Derek Jeter fan ever and I aspire to be as great as he is one day.
Ashley Decker -
"Throw Them G's" by Chingy and "T.H.E." by will.i.am. I chose these songs because they represent my taste in music, and they are good pump up songs.
Frani Echavarria -
My walk up songs this year is "Show Me What You Got" by Jay-Z and "Danza Kuduro" by Don Omar and Lucenzo. I chose song one because it's one of those songs that always gets me hyped for the game. I chose song two because the music just makes me feel good and want to dance! It's one of my all time favorite songs.
Arianna Erceg -
My pitching song is the theme song to "Space Jam." I personally think this is one of the greatest sport songs ever and it always pumps me up. "Space Jam" is also one of my favorite movies!
Danielle Henderson -
My first walk up song is "Slight Work" by Wale. I made it my walk up song because every time I go into the batter's box, I remember that I have worked hard for that very moment, so I should just relax and have some fun. My next walk up song is "Oh Let's Do It" by Lil Wayne because it gets me pumped up to go up to bat. When I hear that Lil Wayne song, it reminds me of let's get it done right here, right now. I have fun with it.
Jolene Henderson -
"Stadium" by Cyhi Da Prynce. The opening stanza, "Take me to the stadium I'm going to play my heart out there" is what I do every time I take the field. I love playing this sport, and I love the competition of the sport so it really just hits home."
Victoria Jones -
My walk up songs are "Get Down On It" by Kool and the Gang and "Do It Big" by Soulja Boy. My first song was one of my favorites when I was younger, and the lyrics of my second song pump me up.
LaRisa Jones -
"You're Not Berkeley Enough" by DJ Fog and Smog, because it reps three things that mean a lot to me - the Bay Area, granola, and obviously organic food. The other is "Toxic" by Britney Spears because who doesn't love Britney?
Breana Kostreba -
I picked my songs because they calm me and allow me to focus on my at bat. They are also my favorite pre-game songs. I chose "Verbing the Noun" by Bassenectar and "Ghosts N Stuff" by Deadmau5.
Mary Lee -
My walk-up songs are "Bad to the Bone" by George Thoroughgood and "Do You Believe in Magic?" by the Lovin' Spoonful. I chose "Bad to the Bone" because I've had it as a walk-up song since high school, and it is a fun way to characterize myself. I chose "Do You Believe in Magic?" because it is upbeat and you can't help but smile when you hear the song play.
Nikki Owens -
My pitching walk-up song is "Rollin" by Lil Wayne because it slaps.
Elia Reid -
"Best Love Song" by T-Pain because it's one of those catchy songs that get stuck in your head. "Playa Like Me" by Keak da Sneak because I have to have at least one Bay Area song.
Jamia Reid -
"Mirror" by Wayne because it reminds me to be me and no matter what to never give up on myself. "Do My Thing" by Hwood because I really liked the beat of this song and the lyrics say exactly what I am trying to do - do my thing. You have to be yourself and do what works for you. You never have to do too much.
Alex Robben -
My walk up song is "Brighter Than the Sun" by Colbie Caillat. It is a different kind of walk up song that makes me smile when I hear it, which positively motivates me when I get up to bat.
Jordan Wallace -
Well last year my walk up songs were "Poison" by Bel Biv Devoe and "Magic Stick" by 50 Cent and Lil Kim. I chose Poison because it is my favorite. If I was not redshirting this year, my walk up songs would be "Bad Girl" by Usher because it has been one of my favorite songs for a while. My other song would be "My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas because that song makes me laugh every time I hear it.
Jace Williams -
"Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival because this song is so American and classic I absolutely love it. "Forest Gump" is one of my favorite movies and this song played during one of my favorite scenes. "World A Reggae" by Ini Kamoze is my other song. I am a true Rastafarian at heart, and reggae music is my favorite genre. A lot of the reggae that I like is too mellow for an at bat song so I picked this one by Ini Kamoze because his songs are a little more upbeat than a lot of the other reggae artists I like. Bob Marley is a legend, and no one will ever be as good as he was, I just need to throw that one out there.
Taylor Vincent -
My walk-up songs are "I've Got My Mind Set on You" by George Harrison and "Lover, Lover" by Jerrod Niemann because they are both upbeat songs that bring a smile to my face and help me relax in the batter's box.
Britt Vonk -
My first song is "Epic" by Sandro Silve & Quintino and the second song is "Calling" by Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso. They are both techno songs that my brother picked out for me! They get me really pumped up and it reminds me of home!
Lindsey Ziegenhirt -
My two walk up songs are "Paradise City" by Guns 'N Roses and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson. I chose the Guns 'N Roses song because I enjoy a great guitar, and I chose Kelly Clarkson because I like the motto that her song expresses.