Thursday, April 15, 2010


Music is therapy for me.  I love hearing words and beats together.  I'm no musician, but if I were, I'd be a drummer.  I love drums.  Once, when I was in high school I went to a Cranberries concert and the drummer threw the drum stick to the audience.  Yes, I caught it.  And I coveted that stupid thing for years. Don't get me started on my wannabe Dolores O'Riordon haircut and style back in the day.  Anyway, I still use that drumstick on Rock Band when we play. I suck at guitar- both air and real.  

Anyway, yeah, music.  I'm not particularly poetic or good at articulating things into the right words.  But music can just sum so many things up for me.  The right song can make me cry right in the middle of anything.  Or get spunky.  Or dance.  Or laugh.  Maybe it gives me that outlet to investigate emotions that nothing else really does for me.  I don't know...  But it's just a big part of my personal workouts lately.  And lately fitness and mental health are starting to come hand in hand for me.  

I love group fitness, but at least 1 day a week I have to move on my own with my own music.  It's therapeutic.  Sometimes it's fast and superficial- enter Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani.  Or it's reflective and melodramatic- enter everything else in my iTunes library.  I don't know what it is, but going on a run with music is like pouring my heart out.  I feel heard.  Does that make sense?  Maybe it's just me.  

Anyway-for fun- here are some soundtracks from this year's runs:

Therapeutic Run Playlist:

Jon Foreman- Cure for the Pain
Interpol- NYC
Rogue Wave- The Salesman of the Parade
The Cure- Pictures of You
Annie Stela- Heart
Kathleen Edwards-Mercury
Patty Griffin-Florida
Jon Foreman- Equally Skilled
Kathleen Edwards- In State
Iron and Wine-Carousel
 Aimee Man-Save Me
 A Fine Frenzy-Swan Song
Iron and Wine-Flightless Bird
Jon Foreman- Learning How to Die

Jon Foreman rocks my world these days.....

Spunky Run:
(with my spunky daughter trying on her aunt's shoes)

The Sweet Escape- Gwen Stefani
Mr Brightside- The Killers
Like I Love You- Justin Timberlake
Ageless Beauty- Stars
Maps- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Full Moon- Black Ghosts
Superwoman- Alicia Keys
Keep the Car Running- Arcade Fire
Ray of Light- Madonna
The Violet Hour- Sea Wolf
Set Yourself on Fire- Stars
Pagan Angel and Borrowed Car- Iron and Wine
Race for the Prize- Flaming Lips

Twilight Run:

Twilight Sound Track (minus the lame ones)
New Moon Sound Track

If you think about running with Edward Cullen- you can just keep running and running and running.....

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