As chairman of the festival's Fireworks Extravaganza, I, alone, am responsible for the entire program and its content. This show is meant to be different with a variety of music, as it has always been.
For the Musical Fountain program, I collaborate with Brad Boyink for the selection of the music and he does the choreography of the fountain. Brad is also responsible for assembling the entire program with time codes so the fireworks company can choreograph shells to the music.
We start with the "Star Spangled Banner,” the "Armed Forces Medley" and "I Need a Hero" by Alex B. This year, when "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" became popular — with the lyrics "light it up" and "I'm on fire" (not literally) — it seemed a natural for the fireworks lead-in song. In fact, we had 18 red comets for every "light it up" and three red mines for each "I'm on fire."
The fireworks program started with "I Can't Turn You Loose" by the Blues Brothers, "The William Tell Overture" by Hans Zimmer, "Always on My Mind" by Willie Nelson, "Gangnam Style" by Psy, "America the Beautiful Medley" from West Side Story by the Boston Pops, "Skyfall" by Adele, and the finale number, "Some Nights" by Fun.
The community standard for music we use is: If our local radio station will play it, it is probably good for use in the final program. We listen to music, the words and the meaning. Each of us can form our own opinion and interpretation of any lyric, music, poetry, sculpture and artwork, but my sole intent is to provide a wholesome 30 minutes of entertainment for the thousands of people who come to see the Fireworks Extravaganza.
— Roger Jonas, Ferrysburg