The competition for writing honors will indeed be fierce. Some of the best fight songs (certainly on the collegiate level) have been written by students or recent graduates.That is true of two Michigan fight songs, The Victors and the less famous Varsity
The latter in this writer's opinion is exceptional and the former especially with the ten minute prelude tiresome. John Philip Sousa said the Victors was the greatest fight song ever written. Gustav Mahler, a prolific writer of symphonies, who died in 1911 a year before Varsity was introduced, may have disagreed. Mahler who lived in twilight of the Austrian Hungarian Empire, included many types music in his symphonies. March music is but one example.The inclusion in not just about the included..It is about how the insert works with other forms of music, A musical example uses the tunes of street musicians getting mixed up in a passing funeral procession playing dirges.
Varsity, both the tune and the lyrics combines the promise of youth,and the life long relationship most of us will have our varsity. Be it world leaders, Academy award recipients , Nobel prize winners, or professional sports franchises.we cheer for thee Varsity. It is also nostalgic recalling a moment in time when we had no fear for thee, Varsity.
Finding Varsity without The Victors is hard on You Tube. The only solo rendition currently available is the black and white one above right. It is taken from a Play Station 2 game. Below Michigan students sing both. The Victors as indicative of a march, prompts some sort of physical activity like hand clapping. Varsity is more subtle.
I suppose change and the rejection of old favorites comes under the heading of the high price of growing old.
There is however a widely respected and recognized fight song which celebrates one's academic and career achievements, pride in the university as the place to send your kids regardless of gender, and appreciation of the finer things in life like liquor. The last item and a persistent mention of a place other than the one the Almighty intended gives the song an "R" rating. Still it clearly put the University on the map as the place of origin for wrecks that ramble. Despite critics who say the tune is sung the manner of Civil War ditties the song has been rated as high as 4th nationally in various Fight Song Hit Parades. Viewer discretion advised.
So Go to it song writers. You can do it if you Buckle Down. It's March and The Musical Muse is here. All Month !