For five weeks during June and July 2014 people throughout the world were glued to their TV sets watching the 2014 World Cup. It was an exciting five weeks with Germany winning in a tense title match against Argentina. The only goal of the World Cup final was made in the 113th minute of the match with the final score: Germany 1, Argentina 0.
This was not a first-time win for Germany—they have won the World Cup three times previous.
There were a couple of things that came to mind when Germany took home the trophy:
First: Germany is the land of all of my maternal ancestors and my husband’s maternal and paternal ancestors. They are tough people, strong, opinionated and they don’t bend under pressure—in fact, I think many of them thrive under pressure. At least, this is what I’ve experienced with my German relatives.
And clearly, these players from Germany understand and hold up under pressure (well…I thought all the teams did).
Second: To be a player in the World Cup soccer requires you to be an outstanding athlete with a high level of bodily-kinesthetic ability.
Third: some of the greatest classical composers were born in Germany—Bach, Handel and Beethoven (to name a few).
So, let’s talk about a couple of these points.
In chapter seven of my book, Good Music Brighter Children (p 164-166) I talk about The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. This theory has been around for eons but in 1985 Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University wrote a book entitled, Frames of Mind where he categorized the hundreds of multiple intelligences into 7 categories:
Gardner later added two more intelligence: Naturalist and Existential. He went so far as to say that if you are engaged in music or learn a musical instrument that all of the six other intelligence are developed simultaneously.
Clearly, every player in the World Cup has been blessed with the Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence and have given hours of work and effort to see it shine on the pitch. They are aware of their bodies, have control of their movements, and use their bodies like dancers on a stage or gymnasts on the mat.
It is both motivating and captivating to watch.
Regarding music, interestingly, this particular group of 2014 soccer players has been called the “Ultimate Soccer Rocker Team,” by Michael Leonard of News Lifestyle. Why? Because of their love and involvement with music! Rather than the classical repertoire, they jive to the beat of groups such as The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Slipknot, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, to name a few.
However, many are musicians themselves and their instrument of choice is the guitar. For example:
- Sweden’s Jonas Olsson is a guitarist and fervent music fan
- USA’s Alexi Lalas sings and plays guitar in his band, Gypsies
Ex-Croatia defender Slaven Bilic plays guitar (his favorite is a red Gibson Explorer) and is a member of Rawbau, a Croatian rock group.
- England’s left-back Leighton Baines loves his acoustic guitar (which he brought to his Rio hotel)
- Brasil’s Sandro Raniere Guimarães Cordiro plays guitar
- Argentina’s Lionel Messi plays guitar and his favorite band is Oasis (he is also considered to be the most gifted soccer player in the world).
- And last, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele is a guitarist.
Maybe there is something to be said of exercising both fingers and feet—it seems to keep the world’s soccer teams playing in perfect harmony.
So, what would Bach, Beethoven, and Handel say about Germany’s win? No doubt, along with everyone else, they would be dancing and singing in the streets. And I think they would have collaborated in composing a piece of music to honor these gifted athletes. Music with no holds barred and all the bells and whistles blowing—a glorious anthem—a song of praise and honor for a job well done!