Marlins Unofficial Theme Song Author Speaks: Why the Hate, Miami?

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​The hate hit Sarah Spiegel's YouTube account early last week, calling her an idiot and a hack and suggesting that she join her favorite team, the Miami Marlins, in just going straight to hell. Spiegel's crime? Taking almost two weeks out of her singing career to pen a new ode to the Marlins and then uploading it to YouTube. The song went viral last week, amassing more than 22,000 views in a couple of days -- and unleashing the dark, embittered soul of a fan base that erroneously thought it was an official anthem from reviled team president Dave Samson.

The hate was especially baffling to Spiegel because she'd made the track out of love for the team -- and to support a legendary local high school teacher.


"I've been a singer my whole life, and I've never seen this kind of negative reaction to something before," Spiegel says. "Weirdly, there was a lot of gay-bashing as well. It was ugly."

Spiegel grew up in West Palm watching the Fish, and when she moved to L.A. after getting her degree from Miami's New World School of the Arts, she kept her allegiance to Billy the Marlin. Late last year, while touring the world in Louis Prima Jr.'s band, she caught Fish fever anew after the team unveiled its vivid new unis.

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​"With this whole exciting new look, I thought the team needed a theme song," Spiegel says. She hooked up with Jonathan Clark, a session musician. The pair spent a week and a half creating the theme, in which cheerleader chants combine with Cuban rhythms and Spiegel's melodic verses.

Then a friend of Clark's hooked the pair up with Doug Burris, the legendary director of the Miami Beach High Rock Ensemble. Burris, who's been featured on 60 Minutes after surviving three decades with multiple sclerosis, is retiring; Spiegel hoped to collaborate as a tribute.

She uploaded the demo to YouTube so Burris could learn the tune. Then Marlins fans got their hooks into it, trashing the song across the Web --including right here at Riptide, where we labeled it "horrible."

Spiegel's song might have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time; the video went viral days after Samson's infamous speech to the Beacon Council where he came off like a greedy oil baron. Fans, Spiegel now believes, were just looking for an outlet for their rage.

"We still believe in this song," she says, adding she still hopes to pitch the Marlins on the tune. "I'm not going to let the meanness of the Internet change our commitment."

Here's the song if you missed it the first time around:



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MeetMein305
MeetMein305

For all the "haters" out there who are bashing this song and saying it's the "gayest thing you've ever heard" - I bet at some point in your life there's footage of you - inebriated, singing at the top of your lungs and dancing your best moves to the "Macarena" at your cousin's wedding!  LOL!

Paul Hernandez
Paul Hernandez

Ignore the internet honey. The haters will be jumping all over the team once they start winning, as Miami "fans" always do. Even the people bashing the new stadium and "taxpayers money" will be screaming Marlins in due time.

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tattmandu
tattmandu

I've heard a lot of people say they think this is the worst song ever written on the planet! Really? I love it! I think it's very catchy! what the hell do you want from a Theme song? don't forget, all the whiney, gay bashing comments from supposed "fans" of the Marlins don't represent all of the folks going to the games. most of the folks attending games are hard working educated family people bringing the kids out to enjoy a bit of america's pastime! This song, along with every other team song on the planet, will probably never win a grammy but will it get the fans up on their feet and cheer for a suffering franchise?, I say yes! maybe if some of you haters played it for your kids, unless the state has banned you from procreating, you could ALL learn how to spell! Who's ever behind this, damn the torpedoes! this is a fun, interactive song, a great story as well as a beautiful cause! best of luck to you!

Docbot
Docbot

it is only as good as the new uniforms.

Joezstuff
Joezstuff

Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins number one! da da da da da da da] repeat! What fricken geniues wrote that!!!  Now you want frickin hip hop all the time, well blow it out your a$$esment!!  The Song is what it is .A theme song for a team that folks can sing along with, not a big boom box with "boom boom yeh, boom boom yeh."  Give me a fricken break the song is a great ditty, what its' suppose to be! quit the bitchin!!

Evil Dooer
Evil Dooer

  This song like the teams new colors, and logo is gay as fuck! Nothing more needs to be said I think. That captures the entire feeling of the majority of Miami fans.

Return $3 BILLION
Return $3 BILLION

Fans and the taxpayers want their $3 BILLION back.

Fans want Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to sell his Southhampton NY beach mansion. Putz.

paul k
paul k

She seems to be a genuinely nice, earnest person but after listening I'd still call this awful. Sorry

Miami7609
Miami7609

Great catchy song, horrible team president. I will never visit stadium nor will I ever let any family member step foot inside.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

The fan base erroneously thought it was an official anthem and the fan base has a dark and embittered soul? Didn't you guys write those things?"Who the hell is in charge of the Miami Marlins' latest creative decisions?" and"Though, it's not so much the lyrics that are horrible (sports theme songs lyrics are almost always cheesy as hell), it's the Jimmy Buffet-esque music."

justsayin
justsayin

I mean, what were people expecting? An epic ballad? A hip hop collaboration? It's a sports team theme song... what about the Dolphins theme song... no genius there! The Heat? Do they even really have a theme song?? Personally, I think it fits a sports team theme song! 

It's supposed to be campy and fun and something people can sing along with...kids, families... People need to relax and stop taking a theme song so seriously.

#justsayin

Vernon6
Vernon6

To have a theme song, you really need to first have pride in the team. Ms. Speigel may be the only person left in Florida that actually does.

Bellavintage
Bellavintage

Well as a new resident I agree it is really bad. It sounds like a theme song for a childrens show.

joezfinz
joezfinz

I dont think you know about songs for teams anyway, when was the last song you sang with anyway!!Just the way you wrote that you seem to be a very boring person

thajackal
thajackal

 How about you blow me... As for the song it's terrible now deal with it asshole.

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