Walk-Up Wednesday: Corey Adamson

The TinCaps were on the road for a week, so you can imagine that Brian Adams probably heard more than his fair share of “Summer of ’69.” But now with the TinCaps back in control of the speakers at Parkview Field, we return with the third installment of Walk-Up Wednesday, featuring Corey Adamson.

In this edition, Fort Wayne’s favorite Australian outfielder divulges on his original walk-up song selection that was rejected, explains how a romantic comedy led him to his current choice, and educates us on the music scene “down under.”

We present — without comment — Corey’s walk-up song…

First, in case you’re not familiar, let’s go behind-ish the music of Natasha Bedingfield:

* She’s British, not Australian.

* Natasha’s most successful song so far has been “Unwritten,” which earned her a 2007 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.” She lost to Christina Aguilera for “Ain’t No Other Man,” so no shame in that.

* Yes, she had a hit single called “I Wanna Have Your Babies.” No, her last name isn’t made-up. It’s coincidental.

* “Pocketful of Sunshine” peaked at No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2008.

* On a personal note, I attended Natasha Bedingfield’s one-song performance at Syracuse University in the fall as part of the One World Concert where she sang “Unwritten.” And — if I may add — she crushed it. Thankfully there’s no video of me attempting to sing along. (I can only hit the high-notes on grand slam calls.)

It was just a run-of-the-mill Tuesday night in October at Syracuse with the Dalai Lama, Natasha Bedingfield, and more than 20 other performers in the Carrier Dome for the Common Ground for Peace – One World Concert. Try hating on a concert with that title and not feel bad about yourself.

John Nolan: How did you come to choose “Pocketful of Sunshine” for your walk-up song?

Corey Adamson: I wanted to have “Milkshake,” because that’s my song from back home, but I couldn’t have that.

Perhaps if the lyrics to “Milkshake” were more like this, then it would be permissible for air at Parkview Field.

So I was watching the movie Easy A, and she got a card and it was playing “Pocketful of Sunshine.” It was really a snap decision. I was like, “You know what, that’s what I’m gonna get for this year.” I listened to it a couple of times, it sounded good, and that’s what I chose.

Yep, a movie starring Amanda Bynes brought Corey to his walk-up song selection. We figure if Amanda played baseball she’d pick something by, well, Drake, although she should automatically be given Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.”

JN: Will you be keeping “Pocketful of Sunshine” for the season or changing it up?

CA: If I get bored of it. Last year I had “Space Jam” and then “Fergalicious.” I don’t like to have the same boring songs. If I get sick of the song, I’ll get rid of it. But if I like it, I won’t.

JN: Wait. Did you just say “Space Jam”?!?!

CA: People love “Space Jam.” Even the umpires were like, “Are you really walking out to ‘Space Jam’ right now? That could be the coolest walk-out I’ve ever heard.”

Someone in Fort Wayne needs to start a petition to make Corey bring back “Space Jam” as his walk-up. There will be no hand-waving in the air, or feeling fine, until this happens.

JN: I concur with those umpires. But moving on, does Natasha have any baseball-related symbolism in “Pocketful of Sunshine” for you?

CA: Nothing at all. I literally just saw it on a movie and was like I guess that’ll do.

JN: Switching subjects a bit, how do you think music here in America compares to music back home for you in Australia?

CA: When it comes to the big names here, we have them over there, too. The same sort of stuff is popular. But over there, Australian hip hop is coming through. A couple guys — Illy and Drapht — sound really good and completely different than anything over here. (Fellow Australian TinCap) John Hussey and I showed a couple of guys on the team today and they thought it was awesome. Rodney Daal actually wants Illy as his walk-up.

JN: Guess we’ll have to watch out for Illy and Drapht. (Note to readers: Also watch out for the cold draft that could make you ill.) The list of Australians who’ve had the most success in the U.S. includes the Bee Gees, Olivia Newton-John, Rick Springfield (“Jesse’s Girl”), and Gotye. Anyone else us Yankees should know about in Australian music?

CA: One guy that not many people know about is Bon Scott, the lead singer of AC/DC. He’s from right where I’m from in Australia. But if you want to hear new Australian music, like Illy and Drapht, you can listen online to Triple J. That’s the best radio station there is in Australia.

Thanks to Corey for having some fun with us and dropping knowledge, too.

Feel free to give us some Walk-Up Wednesday feedback on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email to nolan@tincaps.com. We’re all ears for suggestions, including more takes on Australian hip hop.


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