Relive the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat right in your own personal computer or digital music device as “Anywhere In The World”, the official anthem for the London 2012 Olympic Games is now available as a free download at MyMusicStore Philippines, the country’s biggest online music store.
A collaboration between two UK artists, namely DJ, musician and producer Mark Ronson and singer-songwriter Katy B, in partnership with Coca-Cola, the upbeat, uplifting song is particularly noted for the sounds of celebrated athletes around the world that Ronson personally recorded for the backing instrumental track.
These sounds include the very own heartbeat of Russian sprinter Kseniya Vdovina’s and the grunts and taps on the table of Great Britain table tennis player Darius Knight.
Katy B then added vocals, singing lines like “As we move our feet in unison/Kicking up the rain or the sand in the sun/It gives my heart that feeling/Could be anywhere/Anywhere in the world”, and giving the song a spirited, soaring feel.
“Sport is music in the way that it has so many different natural rhythms. When I was recording the athletes, I wasn’t really thinking of them in terms of athletes performing a sport. I was thinking of them as people in an orchestra,” said Ronson in describing his connection with the athletes that also included taekwondo player Maria Espinoza, archer Dayyan Jaffar and hurdler David Oliver.
It remains to be seen whether “Anywhere In the World” will join the ranks of popular Olympic theme songs such as Freddie Mercury and Monserrat Caballe’s “Barcelona” (Barcelona, 1992), Koreana’s “Hand In Hand” (Seoul, 1988), Tina Arena’s “The Flame” (Sydney, 2000), Gloria Estefan’s “Reach (Atlanta, 1996) and arguably the most famous of them all, Whitney Houston’s “One Moment In Time” (Seoul, 1988).
The free download, however, should be an ideal way for the song to enter the consciousness of those earnestly following the Olympic games and trigger what most people nowadays describe as the “last song syndrome (LSS) experience.”
“Anywhere In The World” by Mark Ronson and Katy B is officially licensed and distributed by Ivory Music and Video in the Philippines.