One Shining Moment 2009 shines again

April 7th, 2009 - 10:58 pm ICT by GD  

One Shining Moment is the ideal anthem for college basketball embodying the cherished moments of basketball for the players and fans. It’s impossible to erase the three minute song from the hearts and minds of the listeners. The song begins with images of players, fans, mascots and cheerleaders. And this year, the song ends with North Carolina Tar Heels holding aloft the NCAA trophy. A few minutes after the final buzzer goes off at the NCAA National Championship Game, cues the video to end its telecast.

Penned by David Barrett, the current version is sung by Luther Vandross. The song had its debut in 2003 featuring Carmelo Anthony of Baltimore and Syracuse won the NCAA title. Barrett’s remarkable work has also made its way to the Olympics, golf and tennis telecasts and has been featured in Public Broadcasting Service programs.

According to Barrett, writing this song has changed his life. He feels that the lyrics of the song came spontaneously and just after writing it, he realized that the song is indeed going to be great. Hats off to Barrett’s premonition! On a personal note, Barrett added, “It also showed me to write about what mattered to me. I mean, I just wrote it because I thought it was worth writing. I learned to trust that. For years, I had been listening to what others thought was valid. It was this song that made it clear to me that my job was to write about what I know, and tell the truth about that… Simple.”

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