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#96: My Playlist

What an amazing time I’ve had listening to music. Wow. With over 50 songs recommended to me, it was awesome to listen to everything and narrow it down to the workout playlist I’ve used for the past two workouts with success (though I’m iffy on one song and may or may not remove it – more on that later). My goal was to make the list with a running time of about 45 minutes. My cardio sessions are typically 30-45 minutes – I figured with a 45 minute playlist we could ease in gently and then have a decent workout and then close with something a little more mellow.

The problem? I couldn’t narrow it down anymore than the 20 songs I’ve got.

Here we go:

  1. Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows – Brand New
  2. That Girl – McFly
  3. Boys of Summer – The Ataris
  4. I Will Survive – Cake
  5. Joy & Pain – Rob Base
  6. Lapdance – N.E.R.D.
  7. Intergalactic – The Beastie Boys
  8. U + Ur Hand – P!nk
  9. Run – Gnarls Barkley
  10. Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram
  11. C’Mon C’Mon – The Von Blondies
  12. Ch- Check It Out – The Beastie Boys
  13. Piece of Me – Britney Spears
  14. Don’t Trust Me – 3OH!3
  15. Horndog – Overseer
  16. I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones
  17. Possession (Rabbit in the Moon Mix) – Sarah McLachlan
  18. I Love My Sex – The Benassi Brothers
  19. A Little Bit of Riddim – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  20. Lebanese Blonde – Thievery Corporation

In case you’re wondering, I’m iffy on Cake’s “I Will Survive”. I don’t want to remove it, though because I just LOVE that song, but wonder if it’s too mellow in this context.

So there you have it – I’m loving it, though.

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What Have I Been Doing?

I’ve been listening to a LOT of music (Oh, and being so thankful for Dawn who sent me postcards for New Hampshire and Vermont – awesome!!). When I asked for music recommendations though, people came out with massive lists of songs to check out: some I knew, some I didn’t. I haven’t listened to every song yet, but I WILL.

Want to know what’s been suggested? Here’s the list I’m working with:

  • That Girl – McFly
  • Fergalicious – Fergie
  • Labels or Love – Fergie
  • Marathon – Rush
  • Da Funk – Daft Punk
  • Cha Cha Slide
  • Workout Plan – Kanye West
  • You Get What You Give – New Radicals
  • Icky Thump – White Stripes
  • Joy & Pain – Rob Base
  • Lapdance – N.E.R.D
  • Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
  • Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World
  • Blue Monday – New Order
  • Enjoy The Silence – Depeche Mode
  • Shimmer – Fuel
  • Big Pimpin’ – Jay-Z
  • Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction
  • Worked up So Sexual – The Faint
  • Quiet Things that No One Ever Knows – Brand New
  • I Will Survive – Cake
  • Block Rockin’ Beats – Chemical Brothers
  • Busy Child – Crystal Method
  • Why Can’t I Be You – The Cure
  • One Week – Barenaked Ladies
  • Stone Cold Crazy – Metallica
  • Ch-Check It Out – The Beastie Boys
  • Song 2 – Blur
  • Gonna Make you Sweat – Busta/Janet
  • Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram
  • State of Love and Trust – Pearl Jam
  • Sabotage – Beastie Boys
  • Stronger – Kanye West
  • FooFighters (nothing specific)
  • Faint – Linkin Park
  • Bring The Noise – Public Enemy
  • Throw It On Me – Timbaland
  • One & Only – Timbaland
  • Excuse Me Mister – No Doubt
  • Horn Dog – Overseer
  • I Don’t Care – Fall Out Boy
  • C’mon C’mon – Von Blondies
  • Run – Gnarls Barkley
  • Disturbia – Rihanna
  • So What – Pink
  • In The Ayer – Flo Rida
  • Super Girl – Saving Jane
  • No One – Alicia Keys
  • Piece of Me – Britney Spears
  • Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
  • Happy – Natasha Bedingfield
  • Feel This – Bethany Joy Galeotti
  • Love Lockdown – Kanye West
  • Fighter – Christina Aguilera

This list doesn’t include songs that I adore and am considering. The above list is all recommended by blog and Twitter people. I’ve listened to a lot of it, but I’m not done yet! It amazes me the diversity of music tastes – and I’m loving it.

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#96: Kick Butt WorkOut Playlist, Step One

I’ve been thinking of working out a lot lately, mainly because I haven’t done it. The reason why on my 101 list you won’t find stuff about fitness and exercise goals is because by and large, I am a pretty active person. Itry to follow the “break a sweat” daily philosophy (which may be the only philosophy I’ll claim to stealing from Matthew McConnaghey – but look at him – if he’s gonna have a philosophy about something, I think he picked a good one).

Typically, I’ll do cardio six or seven days a week – some days more intense than others for sure, but it’s a mix up of activities. Some days I’ll walk, some days I’ll jog. Somedays I ride the recumbent bike. Some days I squint my eyes so I don’t have to see too much of Billy Blanks while I’m doing Tae Bo. I strength train about three days a week – and I break that up – I almost never do full body strength training. Day one is chest and shoulders, day two is biceps/triceps/back, and day three is quads/glutes/hams.

Yes. I take it kind of seriously.

But I’ve been sick lately, and have been too exhausted to work out and get winded pretty easily and that whole not being able to breathe thing. But I’ve been thinking of working out, and I miss it.

It’s almost a given that when I’m working out, I’ll have my iPod fired and and music playing. Currently, however, I don’t have a playlist devoted soley to my workouts. I have one for road trips. I have one for when I’m lying awake at night and can’t sleep. BUT – I need one that gets me moving while I’m moving. I’m thinking about twelve (or so) songs that can keep me from falling asleep while I’m working out.

SO, help me out. What songs belong on my playlist?

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