April 28, 2011
BERKELEY - For anyone who has walked through the serene Strawberry Canyon on a spring afternoon, you have heard the sounds of hip-hop, country and everything in between. Those melodic bars are what are known as walk-up songs in the softball world. Each of the Golden Bears select 30 seconds of one or two songs to be played as they stride to the plate. This weekend will feature the last homestand and the last 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.
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston.
"Wait Your Turn" by Rihanna and "The Dog Days are Over" by Florence and the Machine. I picked them to make light of my walk-on situation and how patient I have been in waiting for my chance to shine.
"Booty Dew" and "Like a G6" because they have a good beat and pump me up.
Kanye West's "The Good Life" because it reminds me to be grateful for the life I have. "Doo Wa Ditty" by Zapp and Roger because it reminds me of my three brothers and the good times we had growing up.
"Ooh Aah My Life Be Like" by Grits and whenever I hear this song, it puts me in a good mood and reminds me to have fun no matter what I'm doing. "Remember the Name" by Fort Minor. The beat of this song really pumps me up and the lyrics remind me to be proud of what I'm doing and for whom I'm playing.
"La La La" by Auburn because Val came up with nickname LaLa for me so that's what everyone calls me.
"This is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan because it reminds me of home. Nelly's "Here Comes the Boom" by Nelly because it really pumps me up.
"Suavemente" by Elvis Crespo because it's fun, upbeat and incorporates my Latina flavor. "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz because it's a fun song plus my nickname in high school was Dyno, which was short for Dynamite.
"Playa Like Me" by Keak da Sneak, I just like the beat of the song. "Go Girl" by Baby Bash because it's a catchy song and I couldn't stop singing it when I first heard it.
"Going Going Gone" by Keak da Sneak. I really like the beat of this song. Plus, it is a song that reminds me of someone hitting the ball or running the bases and getting all the way home. "Yep That's Me" by Jamie Foxx, I really just like the lyrics. It's saying that pretty much you can be who want to be and say `yep that's me,' and not care what people think.
"I'm the Best" by Nicki Minaj. It's one of my favorite songs and hearing it before an at-bat really pumps me up
"Buzzin" by Mann because I like the beat and it pumps me up. "Get Your Money" by Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson and Keyshia Cole because the beat pumps me up and because it's sung by three successful women.
"Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger because I'm not insane, but at the same time, I'm pretty weird. Linkin Park's "Bleed It Out" because it's a good song that really pumps me up.
ACDC's "Thunderstruck" and Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar." Honestly back in Holland, I listened to a lot of techno, but since I've been here, I have been listening to a lot of R&B and rock! I just love these two songs and I can listen to them all day long!
"Poison" by Bel Div Devoe because it's been sort of my theme song. A lot of my friends and teammates have made jokes about me being like poison. It's been one of my favorites for years, and I guess at times I can be a bit poisonous.
"Iron Lion Zion" and "Positive Vibration" by Bob Marley. I love the Rastafarian lifestyle. Reggae lyrics are meaningful and I like the overall vibe! I'm a laid-back beach bum and reggae songs make me feel like I'm back at home on the beach.
"Girl at the Rock Show" by Blink 182 and "Roll to Me" by Del Amitri because they remind me of the summer months on the road for softball, relaxing in the sun and being with friends.