Ok, so for my recent marathon, I put together a playlist of motivating songs to listen to. So I figured I'd write about the first song on that list this week. Not sure why it was the first one, but it played first when I started the playlist. It was "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood. I don't listen to a lot of Carrie Underwood but there is something about this song. Maybe it's the beat and the fact that's it's pefectly in line with my pace. I hope it's not the fact that the song is about a woman smashing her ex-boyfriend's car to pieces. I'm not saying the message of the song is a positive one and I'm not a violent person. But I do like that song. It does tend to make me run faster. So that's my first "What's on my Ipod". Feel free to comment under the latest blog post.
WEEK 2 (12/14/09)Something I've been listening to a lot lately and definitely during my recent marathon is "Glee" songs. I know this show is very 'high school musical' and can be cheesy, but I'm sorry - I love the show. The music and especially the arrangements of popular songs is incredible. I have downloaded several of these songs and plan to do more. Of course their version of "Don't Stop Believin'" is the best one (You can listen to it here) and was the first song they really did in their opening episode. I ran 3 miles the other night and listened to nothing but Glee songs and it was the easiest 3 miles ever. I love this show and can't wait for it to come back in the Spring. But I love the music even more. Fills me with "glee". Ok, I know. Cheesy. But that's the theme here.
WEEK 3 (12/21/09)With it being Christmas week, I have to be honest and tell you that I've been listening to a lot of Christmas music lately. I actually start listening to it off and on right after Thanksgiving. And I do have a pretty good selection of it on my Ipod. So occasionally, I'll listen to that while I run. Some of my personal favorites are Deck the Halls, Please Come Home for Christmas, Let it Snow, the Christmas Vacation theme song, and my very favorite - O Holy Night. But I have many many more that I will listen to. I love this time of year and listening to those songs gets me even more in the Christmas spirit.
WEEK 4 (12/28/09)Another song from my marathon playlist this week. This is one of the first songs I listened to in my running that really motivated me. And it's funny - I just happened to be turning the channels a couple of weeks ago and noticed "Footloose" was on. Classic movie. But the scene that was playing was the tractor chicken scene where they are riding tractors towards each other. The song playing is "Holding out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler. It's a great song. It's always been one of my favorites and it's the perfect running song b/c of the beat and enthusiasm in it. Always makes me run a little bit faster. So that's what I'm listening to this week on my Ipod - among other things.
WEEK 5 (1/4/10)I do listen to music a lot on my Ipod, but I also listen to several podcasts. I discovered podcasts about a year ago and enjoy searching for new ones, but I also have several favorites which will be mentioned here in future weeks. But this week I thought I'd mention the first one I think I ever listened to. It's the Running to Disney podcast put out by Gordon Harvey. Gordon has his own blog at runtodisney.com and a little over a year ago, he began a podcast as he trained for his first marathon at Disney World. Listening to his podcast has really motivated me and it was a big factor in my desire to run at Disney. Gordon is also planning to do the Goofy challenge in 2011 like I am. I enjoy Gordon's comments as he's very down to Earth and speaks his mind. We also have a lot in common. We are both teachers, have run 2 marathons, have 2 sons, love to run and love Disney. He recently did a couple of podcasts about the Disney marathon and what to expect. They were very good. You might want to give it a try. I find it very interesting, entertaining, and motivating. You might as well. You can download the podcast from his website or from Itunes.
WEEK 6 (1/11/10)Another song from my marathon playlist this week. I remember while running in Memphis that when this song came on, it inspired me with a slight burst of speed and energy. It's a little random but I do like it. "Jump, Jive, and Wail" by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. I've always enjoyed that orchestra/big band style of music. My wife and I have been to a few Harry Connick concerts and I always enjoy his band and show. But that's the song that's on my ipod. It played again this week and I was back at the marathon once again.
WEEK 7 (1/18/10)I've been listening to mostly podcasts this week. I'd rather hold off on mentioning those and spread them out a little bit so instead, I turned on my IPOD and hit "shuffle". I decided I would talk about whatever song popped up first. I like that and may do it that way from time to time. Anyways, this week's song is "Blue" by Eiffel 65. I know this is an "old school" song. In fact, I remember that it came out around 1999 or so b/c it was during my first year of teaching. I remember that class of 5th graders singing it during class. They used to make up lyrics b/c the chorus basically consists of da ba dee da ba dah etc. etc. etc. Anyways, used to be a catchy tune if I remember and somehow it ended up on my IPOD. I liked it when it came out and so if it pops up every once in a while, I'll listen to it.
WEEK 8 (1/25/10)
Shuffled the Ipod again tonight and what should come up but a little Pearl Jam. I'll admit I wasn't as in to Pearl Jam as some of my friends used to be, but I like them every now and again. The song that popped up was "Last Kiss". I know it's a remake but I do love the Pearl Jam version. Good classic song that I enjoy listening to every once in a while. I remember we had some middle schoolers do it in the talent show a few years ago and did a pretty good job if I remember correctly. Anyways, that's what's playing on my Ipod this week.