There are those who run to music, those who run to podcasts, those who run to audiobooks, and then of course there are the purists who run to nothing at all but the sound of the world as they pass through it. Depending on the day, I’m all four. What can I say, I’m incredibly indecisive and moody to boot. I may have a Led Zeppelin day today, and wake up with Lady GaGa in my head tomorrow. The next week I may swear off music altogether and listen to my How Stuff Works Podcasts. Eclectic. That’s what I am. Luckily in the podcasting world a new episode shows up in my iTunes library every week. As if that isn’t enough, there are truly thousands upon thousands of podcasts out there waiting to be discovered. I will never be at a loss for a good podcast. Music however, is another story.
When I run to music, I am extremely picky. I require serious soul-stirring, heart thumping, blood surging, skin tingling music when I run. Running to music is a very different experience than just listening to music. For example, Tom Waits is perhaps my favorite solo artist, but I can’t listen to him when I run. “The Piano Has Been Drinking” comes on my iPod shuffle and that’s it, I’m done. Put the brakes on the sneakers and hand me a shot o’ whiskey. I love the guy, but he doesn’t make my feet move. The Beatles. If you’ve known me for longer than 5 minutes you know that I am a die-hard Beatles psycho nut. The Beatles and I have a relationship. A relationship that does not work on the running track. Isn’t that weird? I don’t get it myself but I can’t listen to them while I work out. I guess because listening to The Beatles is like having a long-talk with a soul mate, but listening to music when I run needs to be a bit more like wild passionate love-making with a new flame.
So this is where you come in. Not the lovemaking part. Get your head outta the gutter. I need some music recommendations, people. I’m tired of what’s bouncing around on my iPod and as much as I love it, Pandora doesn’t always hit a home run in the selection department. When I’m running, I don’t have time to keep hitting the thumbs down button. It slows me down. I need some good, rousing, new tunes. Downloadable, playlistable, controllable. I need most excellent running music. To give you some context, let me list off some bands that usually get me going. Love ’em or hate ’em (I love them!) but The Killers ALWAYS manage to push me past my average pace. Guster does the trick, as does Muse. Certain Michael Jackson songs are good old standbys as well.
That should give you a general picture of what works, but I’m open to ANY suggestions! Show me the music that puts the pep in your step! Leave a comment below. Tweet me. Facebook it up. Send a carrier pigeon. Let me know!