Q&A with the composer of One Shining Moment, David Barrett

Featured on CBS’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament every year since 1987

David Barrett
One Shining Moment Photo via Twiiter

By: Julio Olmo

One Shining Moment’s Emmy Award Winning Composer, David Barrett, shares some of his thoughts with Nuts And Bolts Sports… 

 

Photo via David Barrett.Com

“I’ve to be honest Mr. Barrett, other than the theme music introducing Monday Night Football…which it’s a distant second to One Shining Moment…I can not think of a bigger theme song in sports! You’re on a field by yourself, sir!

It has become an integral part of the NCAA Basketball Tournament and its’ popularity continues to grow year after year…Where did the inspiration for the lyrics come from?”, NBS

“WELL, IT’S A LONG LONG STORY…BUT TO SHORTEN IT A BIT – IT GREW OUT OF A UNIQUE COMING TOGETHER OF VERY DIFFERENT THINGS GOING ON IN MY LIFE.  AT THE TIME, I WAS VERY MUCH A LOW EBB.  I WAS PLAYING IN A VERY TINY CLUB AND AT THE END OF THE NIGHT I SAT DOWN TO WATCH ESPN SHOW HIGHLIGHTS WHICH INCLUDED LARRY BIRD IN HIS PRIME.  ONE EVENING THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL WAITRESS SIDLED UP NEXT TO ME AT THE BAR.  I PANICKED.  I THEN TRIED TO EXPLAIN TO HER THE POETRY OF THE SPORT.  SHE LEFT.  I WROTE THE TITLE DOWN ON A NAPKIN & THE NEXT DAY WROTE IT IN TWENTY MINUTES”, David Barrett 

One Shining Moment transcends generations, the ballad that you composed and it’s sang by Luther Vandross created significant more opportunities for you, please share?”, NBS

“INDEED, AS A RESULT OF THIS SONG, THE DOORS OPENED AT THE NETWORKS, PARTICULARLY CBS WHICH ALLOWED ME TO WRITE ALL SORTS OF THEMES, SCORES ETC…LET ALONE CONTINUE MY SONGWRITING. ALL OF A SUDDEN I BECAME TALENTED!”, David Barrett

“It’s the most famous song in sports history! How did CBS get its’ hands on it?”, NBS

“I SENT A CASSETTE TO MY DEAR FRIEND ARMEN KETEYIAN WHO AT THE TIME WAS WRITING FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. HE SIMPLY WALKED IT OVER TO CBS…AND IT IS FAIR TO SAY THEY LIKED IT A WHOLE LOT.  I’M FOREVER IN DEBT TO MY FRIEND…AND TO CBS”, David Barrett

“The pageantry of the Tournament’s Final Four it’s unmatched in all of sports and all roads lead to Glendale, Arizona this year. Are you planning to attend?”, NBS

“MY WIFE & ONE OF MY DAUGHTERS ARE GOING TO BE THERE. CAN’T WAIT…”, David Barrett

“Apologies for putting you on the spot, but my brackets are usually in the recycling bin by the time the field is down to sixteen teams! How did you do last year?”, NBS

“I GOT SLAUGHTERED BY MY WIFE, WHO MAKES HER DECISIONS BASED ON TEAM COLORS, AND THE OUTFITS WORN BY THE CHEERLEADERS…”, David Barrett

“Mr. Barrett, you made my year! Thank you for replying to my questions”, NBS

“YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME JULIO…KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK”, David Barrett

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