Roundtable - Spring 2020

What Is Your Walk-up Song?

Baseball players are known for their walk-up songs, the music that plays as they approach first base or when pitchers take to the mound. Politicians also warm up the crowds with their walk-up tunes: President Barack Obama often took the stage to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” while Hillary Clinton pumped up the crowd with Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” And President George W. Bush rocked out to Van Halen’s “Right Now.” What is your walk-up music? What do you want to let people know about you, right from the start? Or if you use a song to inspire yourself before a challenge, what is it, and what does it say to you? 

Cynthia Cooke St. Ange

Cynthia Cooke St. Ange

Saint Mary’s Title IX Investigator

“I Know Who I Am” by Sinach is my walk-up song. First of all, it’s got an upbeat, inspirational, and empowering sound, and the lyrics speak to the foundation of who I am. There are many dimensions to my background and experience that some people find contradictory; however, when I walk firm in the knowledge of who and what God says I am, I bring that confidence to whatever I do, and I know that I am working from a position of God’s grace and power to serve with fairness, equity, integrity, and inclusiveness.

Brother David L. Caretti, FSC, ’99, EdD

Assistant Director, Liturgy & Faith Formation

As an educator in Lasallian Catholic high schools for the past 18 years, I’ve found the title of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” has been a continual theme of my life’s commitment to accompanying young people. Young people have important, deep questions about existence, identity, and faith that need to be taken seriously, heard by all of us, and offered a response that lets them know that God loves and accepts them for exactly who they are. I learned here at the College during my own days as a student that doubt and questions are intimate and essential parts of our relationship with God, rather than barriers to it.

Brother David L. Caretti, FSC, ’99, EdD
Ashley Rose ’11

Ashley Rose ’11

Digital Designer, Office of College Communications

My theme song would be a mash-up of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and the Indiana Jones music. My job, as a designer, requires me to be ready to jump in and work on a totally new project on a daily basis. I like to approach each new project as an adventure, with unforeseeable surprises. Like an adventure, each project has its exciting high moments and difficult challenges. Approaching the whole process as a fun new adventure makes navigating the low moments easier and more enjoyable.    

Swetta Abeyta, MLIS

SMC Systems and Digital Initiatives Librarian

My walk-up song would be the popular Punjabi bhangra remix “Mundian to Bach Ke” by Punjabi MC. My biggest prerequisite for walk-up music is that the song has to make the audience want to dance. I’ve been a dancer my entire life, and good music is such an essential part of dance. I want to get everyone on their feet, moving and grooving. I also like that this song represents my desi roots. What makes the song so great is its mixture of Western music (especially the wonderful bass from the theme of Knight Rider) with traditional Punjabi music. Get up and dance!

Swetta Abeyta, MLIS
Christopher Jones, PhD

Christopher Jones, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair of SMC’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department

I would love to say it was something cool and upbeat; my son loves “Chosen One” by Valley of Wolves as his pump-up music. However, the truth probably came out in my classes. The students often have a sense of foreboding entering a math class, so to play with that, a couple of times on the first day of the semester I have hidden a Bluetooth speaker in the classroom, and when I walk in I play “The Imperial March” from Star Wars.

Ron Salazar

Financial Aid Counselor

I start to ponder what a walk-up song represents: It is a song that gets your adrenaline pumping! A song by Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, or Lynyrd Skynyrd? No, Elton John. The first three bands have songs that get my adrenaline pumping, but Elton’s music speaks to more of who I am. “Holiday Inn” is about what it’s like waiting around all day for you and your band to play music that night. It starts out mellow, then crescendoes into a mandolin solo, piano, and strings rock and roll assault. Awesome.  

Ron Salazar
Annaliese Martinez ’21

Annaliese Martinez ’21

Intercultural Development Leader, Intercultural Center

My walk-up song is “Sunflower” by Vampire Weekend, featuring Steve Lacy. This feel-good song by one of my favorite all-time bands sends a message about standing up for what you believe in and not conforming to systems and beliefs that are wrong and unjust. The song talks about a sunflower that stands in a garden, “taking up that space—no power can compel me.” I want to tell the world as I “walk up” that I am willing to stand up for myself and my beliefs in equality and justice. 

Sharon Lee, MM

Adjunct Associate Professor, Assistant Director of Chamber Singers/Glee Club

As a classical professional pianist, I “walk up” onto stage often. My walk-up music is unique: It changes! Depending on what I am about to perform, I select a piece to meditate on. I get into my car, set my GPS to my concert destination, then select the specific “it” piece from the program I plan to perform, and listen to it on repeat. With the music blaring full blast in the car, I wrap my mind, body, and soul into the piece. This helps me envision myself performing it.  

Sharon Lee, MM
Lloyd V. Schine

Lloyd V. Schine III ’98, MA ’04

Director of Alumni Relations, De La Salle High School

My baseball walk-up song would be “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. I am generally a very happy person: I am a half-full type of guy much of the time. Even in those half-empty times, I always have the ability to look toward the next fun party, family event, or trip that brings my half-empty to well over half-full. I typically have a smile on my face, and I laugh a lot. Besides having a contagious laugh, as many people do tell me, it makes me feel good, and I think it helps me to keep that glass half-full.  

Daniel Araujo Vazquez ’20

Lasallian Peer Minister, Immersions and Social Justice

My walk-up song would be Vicente Fernández’s “El Rey.” I listen to this song before and after any test. It pumps me up, and it makes me feel confident. I also listen to it whenever I am feeling down. Sometimes, I even sing to it in my car! If I were walking up to bat to “El Rey,” I would be saying, “I feel good; I play good” over and over again until I am stepping on the home plate. 

Edited by Linda Lenhoff

Daniel Araujo Vazquez