An 'Ode to Saratoga'

Saratoga County might soon have its own song.

We kind of want it to be the symbol of Saratoga, telling people it's not just a place you can go bet all your money. It has history behind it and it's home to some people and really matters to a lot of people, said Michael LeRoy.

Michael LeRoy, 14, wrote and attached instrumentation to the song "Ode to Saratoga" in the hopes that garnering an official designation will encourage spirit throughout the county and make outsiders realize the region's true character.

"Saratoga is home to me. People go to Saratoga to see horses, to see the springs, but when I go to Saratoga it feels natural to be there and that's kind of the feeling behind the song," said Michael LeRoy, of Clifton Park. "I wouldn't have written a song about it if I didn't feel I had a reason to have a song about it."

"Ode to Saratoga" actually got started back in the '90s when Marvin LeRoy, a former Clifton Park supervisor, wrote a version as a poem.

"The idea was started by my dad who decided he wasn't happy with what was coming to the table as to a song for Saratoga so he decided to write a poem at the time about how he felt about Saratoga," said Michael LeRoy.

Marvin LeRoy said a song for Saratoga has been kicked around for decades. Twenty years ago, most of the proposed songs were jingles that focused on the racetrack.

"None of them really represented the Victorian, stately aspect of what Saratoga is; the historic place that it is," said Marvin LeRoy. "I think the idea of a song for the area has been mostly the idea of musicians. Unfortunately, we haven't really had an effort on the part of elected officials or the community or business officials to do that."

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