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Masters Mood Guide: Music Edition

I say Masters, you hear Dave Loggins' piano playing on a Thursday afternoon for the first time in a year.

Okay, some of us are more warped mentally than others, so to kick off a series of Local Knowledge posts leading up to the Masters, I offer this simple music guide to all things Masters music.

Yes, if you call me right now the ringtone is set to the Loggins theme and my text sound is the Verne Lundquist "Yes Sir," but I promise that's as far as I've taken. Oh right, the phone case is a Masters case too.

Anyway, my suggestions on a playlist to get you in a musically Masters mood ranges from Augusta natives James Brown and Lady Antebellum to 50s jazz to Willie Nelson to golf crooner Billy Mac.

And you might find it odd, but I recommend most stay away from the Loggins theme to ensure goosebumps on Thursday April 10th when ESPN's coverage commences.

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You may want to add Ray Charles singing "Georgia On My Mind." If it's goofy enough for that fantastic old Masters documentary narrated by Alistair Cooke, it's good enough for any mere mortal's playlist.
Something by Billie Holliday would fit, too.
03.25.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSkippy
What a great tune. Thanks for posting
03.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDP
Wasn't there a Masters theme back in the 80's that actually had words. I seem to remember something about "Sarazen's Double Eagle" ????
03.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Geoff, I too love the Masters, but when it comes to ringtones, the Masters piano music is trumped on my phone by the old ABC US Open flyover music - "Love's Theme."
03.26.2014 | Unregistered Commentershivas
Harv: The Dave Loggins version on itunes is with the lyrics. I can't find the instrumental version only.
03.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChema
@Shivas, it's amazing how if you hear that song now, the first thing that comes to my mind is ABC Golf in the 70's and 80's. Great tune by the way.
03.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
IIRC NBC used a main theme from the score of "The Man from Snowy River." That worked pretty well. Great movie, too.
03.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Drop the top of your car, turn the cd player to 11 and listen to another Augusta legend, Steve Morse / Dixie Dregs, as you head down Magnolia Lane ;-)
03.26.2014 | Unregistered Commentermainuh
mainuh, that would put the ANGC SWAT Team in action. But you do bring back good memories!
03.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
The best bumper music for the Masters is played on CBS on Saturday & Sunday.
Performed by E. S. Posthumus named The Thrill of Victory.
CBS uses the same band but a different tune for their NFL bumper music.
03.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee Merrick
Love the Masters

However they are way overdue for a music makeover--the Dave Loggins tune is maudlin, almost depressing. These are great champions. It's not a funeral.

Give me 'Love's Theme' any day--
03.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterT Money
T Money is right-- the music is depressing, not inspiring,

What would I recommend? I'll get back to you.
03.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I echo Skippy on that one.

Rodney Crowell "American Dream" is another good one - "Augusta Georgia is just no place to be"

Maybe toss in a little REM, a great Georgia band.

Devil Went down to Georgia - always fun.

Georgia on a Fast Train - Billy Joe Shaver
03.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
OK, Tighthead, which , b y the way, is an intresting handle.....

''Keep your hands to yourself''- Georgia Sattelites

''Midnight Train to Georgia'' GLaDys and the Pips- I thoroughly believe that Nance is a Pip/

''Georgia'' Willie's rendition

''Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia'' - Jimmy Rodgers

''Rainy night in Georgia''- Brook Benton

''The Night The Lights went out in Georgia'' -Vicki Lawrence

''Ticket Back To Georgia'' - Head East

''Walkin' Back To Georgia'' - Jim Croce

''Watermelon Time In Georgia'' - Lefty Frizzell

''Why Georgia'' - John Mayer

And of course, for Charlie Crymore.......

''Rambling Wreck From Georgia Tech;; - Dave Pell Octet

And I want to add ''Crossroads'' by Robert Johnson, which could have been Georgia, Alabama or Mississippi.
03.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

Tighthead is my old rugby position. Lynchpin of the scrum.

I was a big Satellites fan. Dan Baird did a great cover of US Blues on a Dead tribute album.
03.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
@digs -

nice selection sir.
03.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPepperdine
th...well, I learned something today...I have no knowledge of Rugby positions, I just know it looks very strenuous.
03.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I love the golf course and the drama it usually provides but (and I know I'm in a minority opinion) I don't think it should qualify as a major just because it got the support of Bob Jones and some rich cats who prolonged the southern gentile myth...its the other majors that have defined this for bout Roll Jordan Roll (an old slave song)
I attended the last two rounds in 1979 when Fuzzy won in the first sudden death the playoff moved to 11 a mob of people galloped down the right side of the 11th fairway...the men in green held up their arms and yelled 'no running'....they were ignored and almost trampled in the process...which personally I choice would be Running Down A Dream by Tom Petty
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04.7.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPG
Another vote for a theme change of the The Masters bumper song. It really is a truly depressing, uninspiring melody.

We all pretty much know anything Masters-related is nearly impossible to have change implemented. I respect traditionalists and purists keeping procedures and protocol on a time-vaulted loop but the sad factor is strong on this one.

Much of the viewing audience sees The Masters as a rite of Spring. We embrace the four days of lush vegetation that's generally well ahead of most of the country after enduring our cold, dark and dreary winter. There is much to be happy about when The Masters reaches the airwaves. Short sleeves, sun tans, 180 possible days of golf lie ahead for many regions - and, of course, the most important golf tournament in history.

If you partake in the online Masters experience, this song runs way more often than the TV coverage. God bless the corporate sponsors that pony up wads of cash to create that cherished 'limited commercial interruption'.

Until the 'Good Ole Boys' table a passage to find a new bumper song, me and my mute button will stay on task. At least you can't slit your wrist with a remote control - well, one intact, anyway.
04.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterStraight Razor

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