Good Motivation Monday to you all! The other day I was reflecting on how, a lot of times when I wake up, I have a bit of song playing in my head. I used to wonder if I was crazy because it’s not something people talk about, and by the time I’m brushing my teeth, I’ve forgotten what it was. But in that half-twilight between sleep and awake, I find myself playing a little ditty in my head, sometimes an old favorite, sometimes something new.
I love listening to music. Mostly, I just tune in to the radio, but when I’m exercising, I like the hard, driving beats stored on my iPod. I haven’t quite caught on to the whole iTunes and I’m terrible about ripping my CDs to my computer, which means I don’t have very much new music, and what I do have on there is pretty old. I’ve been listening to the same playlist for over 10 years now, but a good song never goes out of style. I favor techno beats above all else, but there’s some rap and rock mixed in there too. What makes it even better is that the songs I listen to on a run or in the gym are not songs that you hear on the radio, so when they queue up on my playlist, it’s like a little visit from an old friend.
Sometimes, a song might come on that’s not what I need right then. Maybe the beat is too slow, or the lyrics are not what I want to hear, cuz, you know, I’m not really feeling Taylor Swift’s “Today is a Fairytale” when I’m trying to get my cardio on. Those are the times when I start fumbling with the iPod trying to find something else. Something that keeps me going, pushes me to the end of the set or interval. There’s just something to be said about the right song that motivates me to finish strong, that finds the little extra fuel I need to get to the end. I especially need this when I’m running.
When the hubs and I go for our walks, we don’t listen to our music since we spend most of the time talking. Well, I can’t speak for him, but I spend most of my time gasping out half sentences between steps and grunting in acknowledgement or dissent as we make our way on the route. Sometimes, especially when we hit the hills (all up, natch), I wish I had my tunes to keep me going when my shins start burning and I want to slow down. The hubs, who is in better shape than me, just trucks right on up, leaving me in the dust. Gah, sometimes, I wish he’d get nicked by a car on one of the blind corners! He’s nice enough to wait for me at the top of the last hill, bastard that he is.
In appreciation for those things that motivate us to keep going even when we think we don’t have the juice, I thought I’d share with you 10 of my favoritist tracks from my meager collection, in no particular order. Have a good Monday, and an excellent start to the week.
|1||Sabotage||The Beastie Boys|
|4||Busy Child||The Crystal Method|
|5||Millionaire||Queens of the Stone Age|
|7||Get Free||The Vines|
|8||Lust for Life||Iggy Pop|
|9||We Have Explosive||The Future Sound of London|
|10||Kernkraft 400||Zombie Nation|