Four years ago Boomer Revue watched the figure skating gala at the Sochi winter Olympic Games and heard what we still believe is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Canada’s silver medalist ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir personified athleticism and grace as they skated to Rihanna’s hit “Stay,” featuring a solo by Mikky Ekko, one of the ballad’s co-writers. Both the music and lyrics are gorgeous.
All along it was a fever
A cold-sweat hot-headed believer
I threw my hands in the air, said, "Show me something"
He said, "If you dare, come a little closer"
Virtue’s lifted body encircling Moir’s as he spins to the words round and around and around and around we go is perfection.
Jared Leto, most familiar as an Oscar-winning actor (Dallas Buyers Club)—or further back as the crush-worthy Jordan Catalano from TV’s My So-Called Life—also fronts a band called Thirty Seconds to Mars. We love his powerful version of "Stay" even more than the original. And along with those shades, Leto’s modest sign-off, "There you go," is just too cool.
This year’s PyeongChang Olympics brought another fabulous song. Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue were strong contenders for the bronze medal going into their smoldering four-minute free dance. Starting out with saxophone and booming drums culled from Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Across the Sky,” almost two minutes in the track segues into the bluesy “Caught Out in the Rain” by singer/songwriter Beth Hart, an L.A. musician better known in Europe. The song is an anguished wail about loving "someone who’s the last person on earth you should be with," Hart said in an interview on YouTube.
Every time he walks out the door
I wonder if he's ever coming back...
Last night when he was making love to me
There was a, another woman in his heart
I got caught out in the rain
If I die I don't care I'm in love
Unfortunately, a composition about heartbreak turned out to be appropriate. While Donohue almost managed to make it look intentional, after earlier twizzle bobbles, placing his hands on the ice during a fall from one knee edged the couple off the podium, with the Shib sibs (Maia Shibutani and older brother Alex Shibutani) taking the bronze. And as it happened, this time Virtue and Moir came in first, in an unforgettable performance that included Virtue’s gasp-inducing landing on Moir’s shoulders facing him, skating to the soundtrack from the film Moulin Rouge. But Hubbell and Donohue are the pair who struck music gold.
Virtue and Moir, skating to “Stay”
“Stay,” sung by Rihanna, guest vocals by Mikky Ekko
“Stay,” sung by Jared Leto, from Radio 1 Live Lounge www.youtube.com
Hubbell and Donohue, skating to “Across the Sky” and “Caught Out in the Rain”
“Caught Out in the Rain,” sung by Beth Hart, live from the Bing Lounge
Virtue and Moir, skating to the soundtrack from Moulin Rouge