The Roots- “My Shot”
This week one of my dreams came true. My oldest daughter agreed to come to my cycle class. It’s hard enough to get a 13-year old out of bed before 10 on a Saturday, but to see her dressed and ready to workout before 8, well, it brought tears to my eyes. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit there was a little bribery. I agreed to play a song from her current musical obsession, Hamilton. I was skeptical, but it turns out there are some great songs to ride to, especially on the Hamilton Mixtape soundtrack. This is my current favorite and it promises to have a regular rotation in cycle class.
Sheryl Crow- “Strong Enough”
Keeping it mellow again this week. I’ve always loved this song, and while it’s about being strong enough for someone else, I like to think it’s about being strong enough for myself, too.
U2- “Song for Someone”
“You got a face not spoiled by beauty
I have some scars from where I’ve been
You’ve got eyes that can see right through me
You’re not afraid of anything they’ve seen”
Dixie Chicks- “Lubbock or Leave It”
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a big country music fan, but this song gets my feet moving fast. Throw this in the middle of a run or cycle set and I promise you’ll move a little faster, too.
Motley Crue- “Same Ole Situation”
Inspirational? Probably not. But does every song need to be? Sometimes you just need to have fun. And this is definitely that!
Hardewell- “Dare You”
“I’ll dare you to try. / I’ll dare you to fall and lay on the ground./ I dare you to feel./ I dare you to be here now.”
I’ve been playing this song in class for quite some time. It never fails to get us moving when we’re tired and dragging. Life should be lived. Don’t be comfortable. I dare you to feel. “I dare you to love./ I dare you to cry./ I dare you to run./ I dare you to try.”
Eminem- “Lose Yourself”
Not the most original “pump you up” song, but there’s a reason for that. It’s so good! (And you’ll never look at Mom’s spaghetti the same again.)
“Look. If you had one shot/ one opportunity/ to seize everything you ever wanted/ one moment/ would you capture it/ or just let it slip?”
OK Go- “The One Moment”
“This will be/ the one moment that matters.” This was a song request from a cycle member and I love it. The song is great and the video is visually fascinating. Check it out.
Bruno Mars “Perm”
“Throw some perm on your attitude/ Girl, you gotta relax”
Deee-lite “Groove is in the Heart”
“How do you say, de-groovy? How do you say de-gorgeous?” We’re going to dance and have some fun. Dedicated to my best dancing friend Suzy Bro (now Woolf). The only girl who loved this song as much as I did and was brave enough to dance with me in the hallways of West Jordan High.
Katy Perry “Chained to the Rhythm”
Remember, change doesn’t happen when we’re comfortable. This song is about that, and the beat is perfect for those that want to zone out on a run.
“So comfortable we’re living in a bubble, bubble/ So comfortable we cannot see the trouble, trouble”
Fifth Harmony “That’s My Girl”
“You been down before/ You been hurt before/ You got up before/ You’ll be good to go/ That’s my girl.”
Cheesy video. The kind of song we’ll probably forget in a year or two, but sometimes those are the best ones.
Sia “Never Give Up”
“I won’t let you get me down/ I’ll keep getting up when I hit the ground.”
Alicia Keys “Blended Family”
“I think you’re beautiful/ I think you’re perfect. I know how hard it gets/ but I swear it’s worth it.”
Keith Urban- “Somewhere In My Car”
I think this is the first country song I’ve ever highlighted on this site. I wouldn’t call myself a country music fan, but I’m always open to new music. I’ve fallen in love with this one. It always picks me up when I’m feeling low and slow. Not only does it lift my spirits, but the lyrics do such a good job painting a picture in my mind that I’m momentarily taken out of my workout. Now that’s a good song!
U2- The Joshua Tree
Okay, I know last week’s song was a U2 song. But the beauty of having your own site is having total control of the content. This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree album. Hard to believe, but it’s true. 1987 U2 came out with probably their best known album and it has stood the test of time. “In God’s Country” is probably my favorite song to run to. I push play the last half mile of my morning runs as I fly down the hill toward my house, the sun rising over the Rockies. I feel completely and utterly free. It never gets old. U2 music has been the soundtrack to my life since junior high, so much so that our two daughters’ names are U2 inspired (Ali- Bono’s wife and Grace- the name of one of our favorite U2 songs on All That You Can’t Leave Behind.) Had we been blessed with a boy, no doubt his name would have been Joshua (or Larry if I had my way). Do yourself a favor, download the entire album. Listen from beginning to end, the way it was intended. Go for a long run and enjoy.
U2 “Beautiful Day”
How is it possible that it’s taken me this long to post a U2 song? This one seems perfect for a new year. “What you don’t have/ you don’t need it now. What you don’t know/ you can feel it somehow.” YES! Fresh starts and new perspectives. Cheers to a wonderful 2017.
Justin Bieber “Little Drummer Boy”
Because I like it and I can. Merry Christmas.
Neil Diamond “Forever In Blue Jeans”
An all-time favorite since I was in pre-school. Thank you Mr. Diamond.
Robin Thicke “One Shot”
Fun song. Great beat. I can’t dance to it, but I can run to it.
The Weepies “The World Spins Madly On”
There’s something about this song that is really sticking with me this week. It’s not your typical “workout” song, but I’ve been running to it all week. Simply beautiful.
Katy Perry “Unconditionally”
Dedicated to my daughters this week.
Emeli Sande “Hurts”
Oh man. I can’t stop listening to this. How did I not know this song existed before. Love.
The Script “Superheroes”
The lyrics struck home this week. It’s not the mistakes we make that define us. It’s how we handle them. How we change for the better. How we get up and move on. “Turn your pain into power.” Words to live by.
Michael Jackson “Is It Scary”
Admittedly I’m not a fan of Halloween, but I do love this song. Not your typical Monster Mash. It has a good beat and I like to dance to it.
Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
Warning, this is not the radio version, so there are a few swears in this video. Love this beat. Makes me happy. That is all.
Kings of Leon “Waste a Moment”
Finally a song my husband will like. “Take the time to waste a moment.”
Mercy Me “No More No Less”
“I’m not trying to prove anything/ It’s all about the change/ It’s all about the change.” Enough said.
Listen to the song via this link on YouTube
Sia “The Greatest”
This song couldn’t have been more perfect for my marathon weekend. Love the words. “I’m free to be the greatest…” “Don’t give up. I won’t give up…” Exactly.
Superchick “One More”
I can’t say enough how much I love this song. When you think you’re done, your legs are toast and you can’t go one more step, put this song on and I promise you will find an extra gear to get you to the finish line.
Prince “Baby I’m a Star”
This week’s song obsession. We’re going back in time a bit, but this song can put a pep in your step in those later miles when your legs are lagging and you need an extra oomph. This is that song.
Find it on iTunes or click on the link to watch it on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GECvsnfOXmA
One Republic “Kids”
What I can’t stop listening to this week.
Get it at iTunes- http://smarturl.it/KIDS_1R