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One Shining Q & A
Most famous song in sports today was a life-altering event for Ann Arbor resident David Barrett
By Jim Weber Daily Sports Editor
~orty-fiour thousand people will pack the Alamodome for tonight's
NCAA Championship and nearly 50 million people across the country
will watch the game aired on television. But, unlike
the ending of other sporting events, people in attendance
won 't leave their seats and those at home won't flip the
channel. Players, coaches and fans across the country
have stayed tune for a teary-eyed goodbye to March
Madness since CBS starting airing a post-game montage
in 1987 featuring the song, "One Shining Moment. " Its
composer, David Barrett, is an Ann Arbor resident and
lifetime Michigan fan. Barrett is currently at the Final
Four, but took time to discuss the song's history and sig- Barrett
nificance with The Michigan Daily:
The Michigan Daily: How did you come to write the song?
David Barrett: Fact is, it's a long story, as most songs are. The short version
is that I was performing in a club and sat down and was talking to a waitress
about how wonderful basketball is because I was watching ESPN highlights of
Larry Bird. And she wasn't much interested, but I thought, "Well, there's an idea
for a song" and next day, sat down and wrote it in 20 minutes waiting for a
friend of mine to show up.
TMD: How did it get to CBS?
DB: My friend, Armen Keteyian, who now works at CBS, but at the time
worked at Sports Illustrated. And I just happened to send it to him, not with the
intention that he'd take it anywhere. But fortunately for me, he did. He took it to
all the networks, all of which called me, but I chose CBS ... The guy from CBS
was a wonderful guy and I liked him.
TMD: Was the song specific to college basketball, is that why you chose
DB: No, I just chose it because I liked (the guy that called from CBS) and it
seemed like a better deal for me - and he was gracious and understanding
about what I was doing. It was a good fit.
TMD: What was it like the first time you heard it on CBS?
DB: It was like being hit by lightning.
TMD: How did it change your life?
DB: It changed my life in every possible way - not only with the song
becoming something I never could have dreamed of, but it led to many other
doors to open as a composer of scores, songs for a variety of purposes; to just
writing songs, to writing songs for the Olympics or writing songs for the PGA
or writing songs for PBS specials, it definitely opened the door.
TMD: What are you doing at the Final Four this year? Do you always go?
DB: No, I don't, but I'm taking my family this year. I wanted them to experi-
ence what this is, which I recommend to anybody. It is an amazing, wonderful
event and my family had never done it, so I decided to take them to it.
TMD: Do people know who you are down there?
DB: I think it's fair to say it's an area in the world that people know who I am
and know what I do, yes.
TMD: So do people stop you and ask for autographs?
DB: Well last year they did, but this year I'm going more incognito.
TMD: How did you end up living in Ann Arbor?
DB: Well, as one that has done a variety of different jobs as a musician and a
writer and a composer, I realized that, with the advent of digital, you can make
great recordings no matter where you are. And I lived in Chicago, spent endless
months and weeks in Nashville and New York and L.A., and frankly, didn't care
for them. And I'm raising a family and I realized if you aren't in New York,
they don't care where you are. You may as well be in Ames, Iowa. My wife and
I have family here, we love Ann Arbor, so it made sense for us as a family deci-
sion, and I can do my work no matter where I am.
TMD: Are you a big Michigan fan?
DB: I am.
TMD: What are your thoughts on a jingle for Michigan's NIT Championship?
DB: Well, I'll see if the muse strikes me, but I think those kids, even better off,
would be to hold out the prospects of hearing "One Shining Moment" next year.
TMD: Who do you like winning the whole thing? [Editor's note: interview
conducted prior to Saturday's games]
DB: I think you have four equal teams, and I'm pulling for Duke because
I'm a big fan of Mike Krzyzewski. But in watching all the teams play, it
really boils down to who gets hot. It's sad if you have a powerhouse, and
midgets around them. You have four very equal teams in talent. I went to
the NCAA salute dinner and all four coaches spoke and they are all class
acts. That's why these programs get here. And having said that, in my judg-
ment, Tommy Amaker is part of that classy cloth that these guys are cut
from. So whether it be next year or the year after, Michigan is going to be
TMD: Have you gotten to know a lot of people in basketball through the
DB: Yeah, I know Coach K, and to call him a friend - Coach K has more
friends than (former President Jimmy) Carter has liver pills. But I took my
daughter up to meet him yesterday, and I'd seen him at another event at the
beginning of the season and we were talking and he said, "Well, it's going to be
an interesting year." And I was kidding with him last night because it was a very
interesting year for Duke, so I know some of them - Tom Izzo, some of these
coaches. And the coaches know the song, for heaven's sake.
TMD: How are you going to experience "One Shining Moment" this year?
DB: Well, they show the montage on the big screen in the building, and
everyone stays and watches. So I'll be standing right there, watching what they
are doing this year.
TMD: What do you think about CBS doing things with the montage, like
making the ball streak with the use of a computer?
DB: I'm not in a position to decide what they do, but they've asked me and
I've voiced being more of a purist. I like the action (of game footage) to keep
your interest, because it will do it by itself without all the bells and whistles.
That's my opinion. I think they are moving away from the bells and whistles and
back toward just letting play speak for itself.
~TMD: What is your favorite moment in NCAA Tournament history - the
"One Shining Moment" if you will?
DB: I would say there are two of them. I would say (Indiana guard) Keith
Smart's shot in '87, which was the first year they played it. Again, here I am
at some bar with some friends, going, "Oh yeah, I heard it is going to be on
here soon," and it turned out to become what it has become. So that was an
amazing moment. And when Michi-
gan won in '89 - that was terrif-
ic. And I will add one more.
When Mateen Cleaves broke
down and bawled like a baby
while watching it at the game -
that was pretty amazing ... He was
in the building when they played it
on the floor, and he and Izzo broke
down with joy. And to be part of
that is pretty amazing.
"One Shining Moment" left
former Spartan Mateen Cleaves
in tears after winning the nation-
al title in 2000.
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