Juggling and music have many things in common. They each deal with rhythm and duration, can both be described mathematically, and both can be used to entertain both the practitioner and an audience. Most juggling acts are accompanied by music. There is even a long tradition of jugglers playing music while performing juggling tricks. I wrote an article on that subject in the last ever issue of Juggle Magazine.
There are a number of instrumental pieces of music with titles related to jugglers and juggling. A few examples of sheet music to some of these are shown below.
However, the subject of today’s article and the follow up to it are songs with lyrics that are about juggling, jugglers, and / or the juggling community. Let’s take a look and listen to some of these, in no particular order. Because there are so many and because they each take some time to listen to, this collection will be broken down into two articles.
We’ll start with a music video from CoolJuggler (Carey Pickford Jr.).
Next is the well-known song I Want to Be a Juggler by Taylor Glenn and Meagan Nouis.
Pater Aberg wrote and performed The Juggler.
The next example is The Juggling Song by Nathan McCartney.
Here is another song called The Juggling Song, this time by John Tate.
The Incredible String Band released The Juggler’s Song in 1970.
Luke Burrage has released the results of the yearly Top 40 Jugglers Poll as a song in both 2010 and 2016, as you can see and hear below.
Sandra Koski wrote the song Drop A Lot, which you can see below.
The TV Show Arrested Development featured a song about juggling called Balls In The Air, written by David Schwartz.
Bob and Trish Evans have their own theme song, which you can check out below.
The disco era song The Juggler by Fox can be heard in the following video.
Matthew Tiffany wrote new lyrics to a famous Gilbert and Sullivan song to create I Am the Very Model of a Modern British Juggler, as you can see below.
I am the very model of a Modern British Juggler <– Video page on JTV
In Part 2 of this series, we’ll look at ten more music videos featuring songs about juggling, including a few that contain multiple songs.