Julia’s ACE Soundtrack To The River

One of the best parts of any river day is coming back to the Big Top and watching rafting videos. Once you start rafting, watching rafting clips becomes addictive. With TV being a novelty for guides, highlight reels will attract more of a crowd than the first weekend of March Madness.

Besides great hits, thrills and spills, the songs the video boaters use on their masterpieces add to the amazing atmosphere. Sadly, copyright laws allow ACE to only use certain songs in their videos, but I’ve always wanted to create a no-holds-barred soundtrack for the river.

Here’s my ideal playlist for the Lower New River video:

Put-in: Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling

What better way to pump anybody up for a day on awesome whitewater?

Upper Railroad: Steppenwolf, “Magic Carpet Ride”

Perfect song for the first rapid on a crazy, day-long experience.

Surfing anywhere: Flo Rida, “Right Round”

This pop/rap song fits well with the spins, flips and fun we all love when we surf at Lower Railroad, Greyhound and Bloody Nose. Bloody Nose at 8,000 CFS (cubic feet per second) will lock you in, spin you around and make amazing video.

Keeneys: Bush, “Machinehead

The Keeneys during high-water season in the spring is one of the biggest and gnarliest rapids I’ve ever seen. If you can’t make the left eddy at Middle Keeney, your only choice is to run Lower Keeney. This rock song is perfect, as the opening lines are “Breathe in/ Breathe Out/ Breath in, Breath in, Breath in.”

Jump Rock: Tom Petty, “Free Fallin’

Enough said if you’ve ever done Jump Rock.

Double Z: Dave Matthews Band, “Two Step

Like a normal Two Step dance, Double Z has lots of moves and some good finesse. Besides, it’s a rule that you have to have a Dave Matthews song somewhere in the soundtrack!

Miller’s Folley: Theme to Indiana Jones

Miller’s Folley is the longest rapid on the river, over an 1/8th of a mile long. It’s so much fun, with the Colgate and Dentyne waves at the top and the Bloody Nose hit at the bottom.

Fayette Station: Love Seed Momma Jump’s version of “Country Roads

This is not your momma’s John Denver song. It’s a frenetic pumped-up rock version of the classic West Virginia theme. Every time I drive into West Virginia, I roll down my windows, crank up the volume and sing along – at least three times in a row. Another rule? This song must be on your playlist if you’re road tripping to our fair state.

Take-out: Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life

It’s true! One trip down the Lower New, and you’ll be hooked on the thrills and exhilaration whitewater can give you.

Muchas gracias to Chelsea Bricker in the reservations office. She helped me narrow down my choices. Now you’ve seen my perfect playlist. What’s your favorite song/rapid combo?

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