John Parr – St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)

The year was 1985. Starting your day meant a healthy breakfast, warm cup of coffee, and a big ole line of that sweet Peruvian White. In 2016 I find the best way to start your day is with a healthy breakfast, warm cup of coffee, and an uplifting 80’s verse [no comment on the yayo].

Illustrating this point so eloquently is John Parr’s Brat Pack anthem, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion).” Main theme to the movie of the same name, the pop-rock epic gets the juices flowing early and often with its soaring synths, emotive riff-work, and triumphantly melodic final act. The power and passion are so palpable throughout. And it makes perfect sense when you realize the track was originally written for “man in motion” Rick Hansen, Canadian Paralympian who at the time was raising disability awareness via a global wheelchair trek. You have to admit, that totally adds to this track’s ascendancy.

But its allure doesn’t stop there. Staying power is the hallmark of any true classic, so you’ve probably stumbled across the tune recently if you happen to watch cable television as much as I do. Android’s “Rock, Paper, Scissors” spot features today’s throwback in all its glory.

Cheers to a song I’d gladly get my ass out of bed for in the morning.

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