Dallas, TX (January 20, 2010)–Stephen Arnold Music put a sonic stamp on the post season for the New Orleans Saints with “Big Thang,” a song for local affiliate WVUE FOX 8 News.
Stephen Arnold, founder of Stephen Arnold Music, had already penned one classic New Orleans sports song with “Bless You Boys,” which has endured nonstop for over two decades. Called back for a repeat performance, Arnold rose to the occasion with an energetic rock/funk theme designed to serve as a year-round rallying cry.
“Football is the biggest show in town in New Orleans–their team is #1 this year and there’s a tremendous amount of local pride that comes with that,” Arnold says. “Sporting events go hand-in-hand with an anthem that can unite and excite the fans. ‘Big Thang’ has got a really strong, simple hook, followed up with an undeniable stadium chant. You hear this song once, and you’ve got it in your head.”
Arnold tapped longtime collaborator Greg Barnhill–a platinum songwriter and New Orleans native–to create the lyrics (“There’s a big thang happening here in New Orelans/And it feels so good to know that it’s our time to win”) and a horn-powered melody ideal from beloved local group Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
“New Orleans residents can spot a phony a mile away. Fortunately we have a lot of experience working with local talent so that what gets made is a real record, not just a jingle,” explains Arnold, who oversaw recording sessions at New Orleans studios The Music Shed and Fudge. “We gave Big Sam’s Funky Nation a lot of creative license to change the groove around. That’s how it becomes their song.”
Paired up with a dramatic video of Saints highlights from the Superdome and beyond, “Big Thang” has Louisiana clamoring for the postseason to kick in. Super Bowl-bound or not, Stephen Arnold Music has given WVUE, the team and its legion of fans inspiration to last throughout the year.
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