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Artist of the day: Gregory Smith




gregory.smith_.jpgOkay, that's not Gregory Smith conducting the Florida Orchestra in the photo above. It's Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher, filming an appearance in a video for Be The Thunder, which is the team's theme song for the 2011-12 season.

Be The Thunder was written by Smith, left, a Los Angeles composer who has written music for many sports entities, including the theme music for college football on ESPN/ABC and the theme song of the New York Mets in 1986 when the team won the World Series.

He thinks his new collaboration with the Lightning is a good fit.

"They're definitely juxtaposing the two ingredients, the hockey team and the symphony orchestra, which I think is amazing," he said. "When you take a hockey team and have them dance with an orchestra, which this project does, I think it takes it to a real accessible place. I hope to God I see a cellist with a goalie mask somewhere."

As the Lightning prepare for their home opener on Monday against the Florida Panthers, get pumped up by reading John Fleming's story about Smith and Be The Thunder by clicking here.

Top photo: Tyler Tjomsland, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 5:10pm]


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