Monday, July 23, 2012

Play list Love

Music has always been important to me.  So it's not totally out of character for me to fall in love with an activity that in my mind is all about the music.  I admitted last week that I skipped a run because I forgot my ear buds.  No music, no run, especially not on a treadmill...

When  I first started the Couch to 5k program last year.  My play list was rather angry.  Had a lot of Metallica, Papa Roach, Motorhead, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Green Day. Lots and lots of Metallica.  Pretty much anything that was the lyrical equivalent of thumbing of the nose.  Or anything that had a "so you think I can't do this" kind of mentality I was all over it.

Now, I'm finding I need more poppy, dance friendly, almost embarrassed to admit I have them on play list type of songs.  Shiny happy music gets me going now. I change my play list almost every run.  Different day/different mood/different goal.  One thing I have found though is I do have a bit of a system to picking my music.

The guilty pleasure songs.  This definitely falls in the almost embarrassed to have them on my iPod category.  Right now, it's two songs.  One Direction, "What Makes you Beautiful" and Flo Rida's "Whistle" Those are at the top of my Guilty Pleasures.

Shiny Happy Music songs...may or may not have been guilty pleasure songs but are songs that are so unbelievably upbeat that I can't help but run even if I don't want to be running.  Examples in this category, favorite right now is Usher's "Scream", Pink's "Raise Your Glass", and Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl".

Motivational...always have a couple of these even if they aren't typically consider motivational songs.  Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger", Metallica's "Fuel", Motorhead's "The Game" and Fun's "Some Nights".

There is one song that is always, always, always on my list. My non-negotiable.  I call it my theme song.  It's an odd choice admittedly.  It's Live Wire by Motley Crue.  All because of one bit of lyric that jumped out at me back in my early Couch to 5k days.  " ...running free, a little bit better than I used to be...cause I'm alive...Live Wire".  It's kind of a personal celebration for me...even though that might not be lyrically the way it was intended.

What songs get you moving?