Wouldn't life be better if we had a constant soundtrack to go along with it? Wouldn't the ups be higher, the lows be sappier and love be deeper? You could always be the star of your very own drama/comedy/action flick.
When I was in college, I was not one of those people that walked around with ear buds on constantly. I actually found these people irritating. Did they even know what was going on around them? Some one could just come up and mug or murder them and they wouldn't even hear it coming! And what exactly was it that they simply could not stop listening to?
I didn't get it at the time but now I think they were on to something. They were living life with a soundtrack. How much better their bus rides and walks to class must have been compared to the soundtrackless like myself. And here I thought I was so damn smart and knew it all back then. Young and foolish, young and foolish.
This past week I started running again. I have a couch to 5K app on my IPod. It is fantastic and very doable. It even comes with inspirational quotes like this one that was on there today, "Energy and persistence conquer all things." -Benjamin Franklin. That quote spoke volumes to me...but that blog post will be another day.
More importantly, I was reunited with my running soundtrack. The list of songs I carefully chose and added to my line up. It was comforting, like being reunited with a long lost friend. They are not all upbeat songs, either. I enjoy running to slow songs and ballads if the song has a special meaning to me or makes me think.
Here is my running soundtrack which is in no particular order as I always have it in shuffle mode (yes, it is a bit Billy Joel heavy):
"Best of You" Foo Fighers
"Bed of Roses" Bon Jovi
"Cold Shoulder" Adele
"Crazy Bitch" Buckcherry
"The Distance" CAKE
"Float On" Modest Mouse
"Growing On Me" The Darkness
"Hash Pipe" Weezer
"Heat of the Moment" Asia
"I'm Looking Through You" Steve Earle
"Marry Me" Drive-By Truckers
"Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" Billy Joel
"Make You Feel My Love" Bob Dylan
"Allentown" Billy Joel
"Only the Good Die Young" Billy Joel
"The Story" Brandi Carlisle
"Valerie" Crooked Fingers
"Uptown Girl" Billy Joel
"Get Your Hands Off My Woman" The Darkness
"Outfit" Drive-By Truckers
"Your Song" Elton John
"Candle In The Wind" Elton John
The absolute best song to run to is "Float On". Try it, you will like it.
I am thinking about adding some Mumford and Sons and Lumineers to the line up.
Once I get my stamina up a bit, I truly enjoy running. I am pretty sure it is because I feel like I am in a movie with my soundtrack though and not because I really love to exercise. What are your favorite songs to run to??