Monday, December 13, 2010
Monday Motivator: Yo, Adrian!
Even if you've never seen a Rocky film, you've probably heard Bill Conti's iconic theme from the films, "Gonna Fly Now," at least in in part. (I once heard it as hold music. Probably not the best choice for angry customers waiting for technical support.)
Here it is featured in the classic scene from Rocky II - my personal favorite in the series.
On a side note: Those steps he runs up in that scene (and in a number of the films) are in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I highly recommend visiting there if you're ever in Philly. They have a great Van Gogh collection. (There's also a "Rocky" statue out in front of those stairs now.)
(There are a few spoilers in this fan video, but, come on, if you haven't seen Rocky 2, 3, or 4 yet, you probably have your reasons, and it's just not gonna happen.)
Stallone also directed the fourth Rocky, bringing Survivor in again to write another hit, "Burning Heart," for a soundtrack that is listed on many internet favorite lists for motivational songs. From Robert Tepper's driving "No Easy Way Out" to James Brown's lively "Living in America," the Rocky IV soundtrack is pure 80s adrenaline. My favorite piece on the album, however, is not a rock anthem, but rather one of two pieces from Vince DiCola's inspiring score: called simply "Training Montage."
Happy Monday, cherubs. Go for the knockout this week.