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Music moves me

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Do you use a tape sold with the music already gathered for your walking or exercise? Or do you prefer to assemble your own collections... and then completely rearrange or switch things around so that you listen and think about it first at leisure and then while exercising? I'm the latter type of music-for-exercise fan.

My tastes are politely referred to as ecclectic, or maybe some people would claim disfunctional. I like many classical pieces (love War of 1812!), was even nicknamed "Sam" to sync with my Ragtime tendencies; thrill at old Broadway show musicals; find joy, excitement and soothing notes amid the variations called "jazz"; and think Soul Assylum's "Runaway Train" has great merit as social reflection of personal struggle.

Some songs that I like for jumping hurdles:

Warming up to the walk when things feel pretty rough, this song is a pretty good transition:
Cher will be back on her feet... and so will I!!

What doesn't kill ya...Kelly C. turns it around, musically:

Billy Joel certainly helps my shoulders and arms move happily while picking up the pace:

(sure, I'm a sort of North Country sixtysumthink UpTown Girl, right??)

Slowing down, looking around...but keeping up the pace with a light jazz moving me steaily...Herbie Mann is one of my faves:

I love his "Swinging Shephard Blues". Here's Moe Koffman swinging a nice walking pace:

That's right: on some music, sometimes the beat we feel all depends on how we listen! Same song; pick the beat and walk to it! I like this for the quick light-hearted pace:

None of these even touches my Clapton and Beck movers! Yup. I do love music!

Creating your own music mix can be fun, suiting what you like to hear to what you like to DO. But just remember, mixing things up does not always work out well if you don't put a little thought into the outcome:

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  • no profile photo ANGELSMOKEY
    I love dancing! you get a workout without feeling like it is one!
    2646 days ago
    Love music too. I need to sort my collection and find what works.
    2648 days ago
    Lots of overlap between your tastes and mine...just mentioned a few tunes in my latest blog. My mix covers classic rock / pop, some contemporary alternative / electronica, folkies, new age, jazz, funk...the only gaps in my tastes are crying-in-your-beer-redneck-country
    , hip-hop, rap and opera.

    I think it was Nietzsche who said "music is balm for life" ...couldn't agree more!

    2655 days ago
    I love your playlist too Sam. Some of them I know.
    I have a few Greek CD's and just put on the music
    and dance around to the music and don't give a hoot
    as no one is here to watch. I also sing along too.
    My CD player stopped CD, did the in the middle of
    a song and even though I changed the CD, it stopped
    after 1 song. I like this player because it also has a
    tape deck. Need to get a new one. emoticon
    2655 days ago
    Great variety! Thanks for sharing your playlist with us!
    2655 days ago
    I actually picked up a double cd pack with music from the 70 and 80's. I hadn't been using music. This cd I love. It really make me want to move faster. Plus I enjoy the tunes. If I am not exercising to it I am dancing. LOL emoticon
    2655 days ago
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