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An 'Ode to Saratoga'

The LeRoys are determined to make their song "the one." They've been shopping the song around to local chambers and town supervisors. While there's no official word yet, they said the response has been positive.

"It would prove my point about Saratoga. Saratoga can really bring opportunities not a lot of places can bring," said Michael LeRoy. "Anywhere else it would take years to get a song as far as it's gotten now."

"Ode to Saratoga" might have gotten its first draft years ago, but it didn't get a fresh look until this January when Michael LeRoy decided to put his improving musician skills to use.

"I rearranged it and turned it into what it turned out to be," said Michael LeRoy. "First I made a background track where I decided what I wanted it to sound like how I thought Saratoga should sound. Then I took the poem and rearranged it because when it was written it wasn't written like a song should be, it was more poetic."

According to Michael LeRoy, Saratoga sounds like trumpets (to represent horse racing), drums (an ode to Revolutionary War marches) and a good beat.

"I thought about the four "H's" health, history, horses and home," said Michael LeRoy.

The verses are more detailed but the chorus sums up the region: "Ode to Saratoga, a great American place; With many unique traditions, and the excitement of the race."

Michael LeRoy does the vocals and all the instrumentation except for the percussion. For that, he enlisted his friend, Alex Lavigne.

"I tell people I probably could have done the drums but in the spirit of Saratoga giving people the chance to do stuff like that is the right thing to do, so I let him," said Michael LeRoy.

The song has been played once on the radio but never live yet.

"On the 19th of August we'll be playing it at the Clifton Park Commons for the Babe Ruth World Series with a live band, not just over the speakers," said Michael LeRoy.

"Ode to Saratoga" was officially released on July 11 and can be heard online at odetosaratoga.bandcamp.com.

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