Running: An Exploration of Ego and Musical Landscapes

I’ve always enjoyed running.  I can’t really go so far as to say I love it.  It’s more realistic to call it a love/hate relationship.  Some of the reasons it’s pleasurable are also the reasons it can be miserable.  You never win at it really.  You can always go farther.  Or faster.  But it’s reliable.  It’s that friend who meets you every morning with an encouraging gesture and a boost to your ego only to kick you to the curb in 45 minutes when she’s had her fill of your company.  It’s hard more times than it’s easy, but yet I keep coming back.  Because every once in a while you have a day where you do win.  You set a challenge for yourself and then kill it.  And it’s enjoyable and almost, dare I say it, fun.  Today was one of those days.  Maybe it was a good night of sleep or maybe it was the fact that my playlist just kicked ass, but I had a great run.  I launched head on into my day ready to conquer the entire world.

So I thought I’d share my playlist for today.  Because running aside and second only to my husband and dog,  is my love for music (if you’re not a consistent reader of this blog).  Anything good is made great with a soundtrack.  Life needs it and running, at least for me anyway, damn near requires it.    Maybe you can tie up your sneaks and take it for a test drive; universe willing, you too will have an awesome run.

*Small disclaimer, some days I run to a created playlist I’ve painstakingly curated, but mostly I hit shuffle and go where the musical road may lead.  Today was a shuffle kinda day and as you’ll soon see (again, if you’re not a consistent reader of this blog), my musical tastes are all over the highway.

The Cult- Coming Down (1994)

Origene- Sanctuary (2003)

Metallica-  For Whom the Bell Tolls  (1984)

The Limousines- Undercover  (2013)

Ted Nugent-  Motor City Madhouse (1975)

Foo Fighters-  Dear Lover (1997)

Nirvana- Downer (1989)

Full Service- Greetings (2013)

Band of Skulls-  Wanderluster (2012)

Joe Jackson-  Breaking Us in Two (1982)

Dropkick Murphys-  I’m Shipping Up to Boston (2005)

Perry Farrell-  100 Ways (1996)

Goldfinger-  My Girlfriend’s Shower (1996)

Dirty Projectors-  Two Doves (2009)

The Inmates-  Dirty Water (1979)

Cypress Hill-  How I Could Just Kill a Man (1991)

Leftfield-  A Final Hit (2005)

The Four Tops-  I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (1965)

Douglas Armour-  The Whole World (2008)

The White Stripes-  Hotel Yorba (2001)

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Happy trails and tunes!  Let me know how your run went.

Stay positive and love your life.

-Melissa

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Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: No Strings Attached

“I’ve got no strings to hold me down, to make me fret, to make me frown.  I had strings, but now I’m free.  There are no strings on me.”

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This week’s TMT theme over at Jen’s Music Bonanza, as you may have already guessed, is No Strings Attached.

Here’s the fun part! The rules of Twisted MixTape are as such: Try and create a 5 song mix based on this week’s theme. This week our theme is No Strings Attached – this means any song about one night stands, or relationships involving no commitment.

Here’s my opinion on the matter:  I don’t think no strings attached relationships exist.  I hear your claims and much like Pinocchio above, I see your nose growing.  But I’ll play along under this premise-

Yeah, I’ll Call You

Let me start by saying that the very first song I wanted to include is not on Youtube.  Fail.  Let’s Get Horizontal- Ballyhoo!  Any song that includes the line “I wanna do you” belongs on this list.

Sextape- Deftones

Notable lyrics- “The ocean takes me in to watch you shaking. Watch you wave your powers.  Tempt with hours of pleasure”

Up All Night- Alex Clare

Notable lyrics- “Waking up in someone else’s bed was what I was waiting for.”

Need You Tonight-INXS

Notable lyrics- “There’s something about you girl, that makes me sweat.”

Chopsticks-Liz Phair

Notable lyrics-  The entire song is perfection.  My fave, “I told him I knew Julia Roberts when I was twelve at summer camp.  We didn’t say anything after that.”

Flaskaboozendancingshoes- The Limousines

Notable lyrics- “Don’t you worry. Don’t think about tomorrow morning.  Just focus on tonight.”

And if there do end up being strings…..

Heartbeat- Childish Gambino

Notable lyrics- “Are we dating? Are we f@&*ing? Are we best friends? Are we something in between that? I wish we never f@&*ed, and I mean that. But not really, you say the nastiest shit in bed and it’s f@&*in’ awesome.”

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to:  Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses

Eating:  Asparagus, couscous, mushrooms, veggie burger

Drinking:  H2O

Random fact:  I’ve never been a fan of the club scene.  I’ve always preferred the bar.

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