Songs to keep me moving

I have many songs that keep me moving when the weather is below freezing, like it is now, and Stutter by Mariana’s Trench is my current go-to song to get my feet moving.

I’ll be listening to this at lunch while I brave the cold for a quick runch.

At least I won’t have to wear a headlamp like I do when I go for a run after work.

Tell me, what song gets you moving?

Playlist Thursday – Summer Lovin’

Was February really the last time I participated in Playlist Thursday with Pavement Runner?

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Unacceptable!

Maybe I’ve been slacking on musical inspiration, or maybe I was simply played out of my own playlist, but whatever the reason I’m back now and that’s what really matters.

In case you have forgotten, here is how we play:

Every Thursday we create a list composed of 3 songs that can, or should be, added to your workout playlist. Here is the simple format:

Something Old: Songs that are at least 5 years old. (I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.)
Something Current: Songs that have been released within the past year.
Something to Consider: This is the wild card category. Feel free to list any song: old, current, guilty pleasure, underground, whatever.

Before each song include: Artist, Title, Side Note: (Anything you want to say about the song) Quotable: (line from the song)

This week’s theme is Summer Music: Summer is right around the corner… let’s hear some songs that remind you of summer or songs that will be on your playlist over the next few months.

Let’s get started with the Summer Lovin’ edition of Playlist Thursday…

Something Old

Artist: The Ataris

Title: Boys of Summer

Side Note: The original version of this song is by Don Henley but I fell in love with this version while I was living in Victoria, BC preparing to start a post-grad diploma program at UVic.

Quotable: “I can tell you, my love for you will still be strong, after the boys of summer are gone.”

 

Something New

Artist: Classified

Title: Three Foot Tall

Side Note: It seems I have made it my mission to introduce everyone and anyone to the amazingness that is Classified. This isn’t the first time he has appeared on my playlist and it definitely won’t be the last.

Quotable: “I freeze time like photographs livin’ for the moment. I’m taking mental pictures, reminiscing while I’m growing.”

 

Something to Consider

Artist: Lifehouse

Title: Hanging by a Moment

Side Note: I spent the summer of 2001 (when this was released) out in BC with Andrew. We both worked at a golf course and it was our first time living together. At the end of the summer I had to leave to go back to NS for my last year of University, while he moved on to other BC ski town. I moved to BC the following summer and we’ve been living here ever since.

Quotable: “I’m living for the only thing I know. I’m running and not quite sure where to go. And I don’t know what I’m diving into. Just hanging by a moment here with you.”

Do you have any songs that remind you of summer?

Playlist Thursday – Boy Bands Unite!

This week Pavement Runner left the theme for Playlist Thursday up to us. So in honour of the upcoming summer tour featuring NKOTB, Boyz to Men, and 98 Degrees I’m featuring a song from each of them.

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Here’s how we play:

Every Thursday we create a list composed of 3 songs that can, or should be, added to your workout playlist. Here is the simple format:

Something Old: Songs that are at least 5 years old. (I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.)
Something Current: Songs that have been released within the past year.
Something to Consider: This is the wild card category. Feel free to list any song: old, current, guilty pleasure, underground, whatever.

Before each song include: Artist, Title, Side Note: (Anything you want to say about the song) Quotable: (line form the song)

Something Old

Artist: Boyz to Men

Title: Motown Philly

Side Note: I loved Boyz to Men back in the day; however, now that I look back some of those songs had subject matter that was way too old for me to be listening to.

Quotable: “Back in school we used to dream about this everyday. Could it really happen? Or do dreams just fade away?”

Something New

Artist: NKOTB

Title: Remix (I Like You)

Side Note: They’re back. They may be old. But they’re back. Additional side note: Joey was on the latest episode of 90210 last week.

Quotable:”I like the new you. I like the remix, baby.”

Something to Consider

Artist: 98 Degrees

Title: The Way You Want Me To

Side Note: 98 Degrees was probably my least favourite boy band but at least they’re giving it another shot, right? If they replaced them with N’Sync or BSB I’d be all over this concert.

Quotable: “I’ll be here for you, just the way you want me to.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Playlist Thursday – Hip Hop

I missed Playlist Thursday with Pavement Runner last week but I’m back for a theme that I love: hip hop songs. I’m a big fan of old school hip hop and have quite a bit on both my running and general-listening-pleasure play lists. If you’re new to the game, here is how we play:

Every Thursday we create a list composed of 3 songs that can, or should be, added to your workout playlist. Here is the simple format:

Something Old: Songs that are at least 5 years old. (I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.)
Something Current: Songs that have been released within the past year.
Something to Consider: This is the wild card category. Feel free to list any song: old, current, guilty pleasure, underground, whatever.

Before each song include: Artist, Title, Side Note: (Anything you want to say about the song) Quotable: (line from the song)

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Let’s do this.

Something Old

Artist: De La Soul

Title: Me, Myself, and I

Side note: Classic old-school hip hop right here.

Quotable: “What I do ain’t make-believe. People say I sit and try. But when it comes to being De La. It’s just me myself and I.”

Something New

Artist: Classified

Title: Inner Ninja

Side note: By now we all know that I love Classified. He hails from my home province of Nova Scotia and I’ve been known to listen to only his music on my runs. Plus, we all have, or want, an Inner Ninja.

Quotable: “We all got problems, but we deal though. I’m tryin’ to do better now, find my inner peace. Learn my art form, and find my energy. When my backs on the wall, I don’t freeze up. Nah, I find my inner strength and I re-up.”

Something to Consider

Artist: Organized Rhyme

Title: Check the O.R.

Side note: I finally get to feature this classic, which also happens to be a favourite in our house. Tom Green is a pretty rad MC. They remade this video in 2011 but nothing compares to the original.

Quotable: “Check the O.R., you like it so far? Check the O.R., you love the O.R.”

Thanks again for the fun Pavement Runner.

What are you favourite hip hop songs?

Playlist Thursday Dance, Dance, Dance

Another week, another Playlist Thursday.

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I know I’ve said this before but I really enjoy participating in Playlist Thursday with Pavement Runner and all the other bloggers. Not only does it allow me to share songs on my playlist, it also helps me add new ones, either by reading other Playlist Thursday blog posts or getting caught up on YouTube watching videos.

This week’s theme: The ever-popular category of “dance songs.” Otherwise known as songs that make you want to dance while running. If you are super talented, you can do BOTH at the same time. If you are super-duper talented, you have video proof to share.

I think we all know the rules by now, but in case you’ve forgotten head on over to Pavement Runner’s blog for a refresher.

Now, Let’s Dance!

Something Old

Artist: Tag Team

Title: Whoomp, there it is

Side note: I had a slight obsession with the Mighty Duck movies back in the day. This song was featured in D2: The Mighty Ducks and not only reminds me of a younger Joshua Jackson, but also of the solid music that was produced in the 90s.

Quotable: “There’s a party over here. A party over there. Wave your hands in the air. Shake your derriere. These three words when you’re gettin’ busy. Whoomp there it is. Hit me”

 

Something New

Artist: Cher Lloyd

Title: Want U Back

Side note: It took everything I had not to feature One Direction again this week. Everything. But I resisted and instead bring you a catchy song from a British female.

Quotable: “And now you’re taking her to every restaurant. And everywhere we went, come on!. And now you’re taking her to every restaurant. You got me, got me like this.”

 

Something to Consider

Artist: OK Go

Title: Here It Goes Again

Side note: If anyone knows how to dance on a treadmill it has to be the guys from OK Go. Personally, I would fall flat on my face if I even attempted to dance on my treadmill using anything other than my arms and head, and even that would be calling it close.

Quotable: ” Just when you think that you’re in control, just when you think that you’ve got a hold, just when you get on a roll, here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again.”

Top 10 Playlist Thursday

Yee haw! It’s Thursday again! We are one day closer to the weekend and it’s also Playlist Thursday with Pavement Runner. It’s January 10, so he decided we should have fun with the number: “The best of the best. If you were going to list your top 10 songs to run or workout to, these would be three of them.”

I pulled up my 10K Running Playlist to continue with the *10* theme, and after much debate decided on the following three songs for this week…

Something Old

Artist: Spin Doctors

Title: Two Princes

Side note: Such a classic song that brings me right back to the 90s.

Quotable: “One, two princes kneel before you. That’s what I said now. Princes, princes who adore you. Just go ahead now”

Something New

Artist: One Direction

Title: Kiss You

Side note: Yep. I had to do it. One Direction is being featured again. What can I say, my inner fan-girl takes over sometimes and I don’t put up a fight. A friend asked me on Facebook the other day if they were the NKOTB of 2013, my response was “Yes, but with way cuter accents.” Oh, and I may or may not have followed the cute Irish one on Twitter the other day. OK, so I did.

Quotable: “Na na na na na na na na. Na na na na na na na na. Na na na na na na na na.”

Something to Consider

Artist: Classified

Title: Anybody Listening

Side note: And now for something completely different. The fact of the matter is, no matter how many boy bands or one-hit-wonders that make their way onto my playlist this song by Classified will always take the top spot.

Quotable: “I don’t know if you really hearin me. But these lyrics seem to be my therapy. Guaranteed, I hear the beat. My stress gets released, ’til I feel at peace.”

 

If you want to join in on the fun here is how we play:

Every Thursday we create a list composed of 3 songs that can, or should be, added to your workout playlist. Here is the simple format:

Something Old: Songs that are at least 5 years old. (I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.)
Something Current: Songs that have been released within the past year.
Something to Consider: This is the wild card category. Feel free to list any song: old, current, guilty pleasure, underground, whatever.

Before each song include: Artist, Title, Side Note: (Anything you want to say about the song) Quotable: (line from the song)

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What are some songs in your top 10?

 

Playlist Thursday – refresh for 2013

It’s the first Playlist Thursday of 2013 with Pavement Runner and we’re hitting the refresh button: Time to “refresh” your playlist and breathe some new life into it. Roll into the New Year with some songs to keep your energy up and keep you focused on your resolutions/goals.

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Just in case you need a refresher on how it all works, here you go:

Every Thursday we create a list composed of 3 songs that can, or should be, added to your workout playlist. Here is the simple format:

Something Old: Songs that are at least 5 years old. (I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.)
Something Current: Songs that have been released within the past year.
Something to Consider: This is the wild card category. Feel free to list any song: old, current, guilty pleasure, underground, whatever.

Before each song include: Artist, Title, Side Note: (Anything you want to say about the song) Quotable: (line from the song)

I recently discovered Walk off the Earth. They do amazing covers of popular songs. Since they refresh songs in their own unique way I’m featuring them for the refresh theme.

Something Old

Artist: Walk off the Earth

Title: Magic (B.o.B cover)

Side Note: I’m cheating with this because it’s not quite old enough to fit the category but I like it so here it is.

Quotable: “Magic, magic, magic. Magic, magic, magic. Magic, magic, magic (ahoo). I’ve got the magic in me!”

 

Something New

Artist: Walk off the Earth

Title: Gang of Rhythm

Side Note: This song (an original) is how I was introduced to Walk off the Earth. Love the rhythm. Love the vibe. A perfect way to kick off a new year of running.

Quotable: “Come on now everyone yeah. Come on now everyone. We’re like a locomotive. Under the big hot sun”

 

Something to Consider

Artist: Walk off the Earth

Title: Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO cover)

Side Note: A nice refreshing change to a song that has been well-played on my playlist.

Quotable: “Party rock is in the house tonight. Everybody just have a good time. And we gonna make you lose your mind. We just wanna see ya shake that.”

Now head on over to YouTube and check out some more of their songs. That’s what I’m going to do :)

 

Playlist Thursday – Highschool Jams

I missed last week’s Playlist Thursday with Pavement Runner but I’m happy to be back this week because we’re headed back to highschool! I graduated in 1998 and love, love, love music from the 90s. I admit I got completely sidetracked on YouTube listening to songs from my teen years. I finally settled on the following three songs to best represent my highschool jams.

Here’s a reminder of how it works:

Please note for this theme only: “Old” would still be an old song at least 5 years old while you were in school. “Current” would be whatever your jam was that was on the radio at the time. And “one to consider” is your  choice, but one you enjoyed while in those wonderful days of HS.

Something Old: Songs that are at least 5 years old. (I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.)
Something Current: Songs that have been released within the past year.
Something to Consider: This is the wild card category. Feel free to list any song: old, current, guilty pleasure, underground, whatever.

Before each song include: Artist, Title, Side Note: (Anything you want to say about the song) Quotable: (line from the song)

 

 

Something Old

Artist: Gin Blossoms

Title: Hey, Jealousy

Side note: This is one of my all-time favourite songs. I don’t know when I first heard it, or why I like it so much, but I definitely consider it one of my *jams* – back then and now.

Quotable: “Tomorrow we can drive around this town. And let the cops chase us around. The past is gone but something might be found to take its place.”

 

Something New

Artist: No Doubt

Title: Just a Girl

Side note: Gwen Stefani may have been my first-ever girl-crush back in highschool. She was bad-ass, had killer abs, and taught us that there was no such thing as being “just a girl”.

Quotable: “I’m just a girl. Guess I’m some kind of freak. ‘Cause they all sit and stare with their eyes.”

 

Something to Consider

Artist: Green Day

Title: Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

Side note: Green Day screams highschool to me. I remember trading my Offspring CD with my brother for his copy of Dookie. I remember sneaking closer to the stage at one of their concerts. I remember my prom when I hear this song. This was our grad song (even though I fought hard for it to be We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters, please don’t ask, I have no idea what I was thinking.) This, to me, is SCHS Class of ’98.

Quotable: “Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go. So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why. It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time.”

And because I’m feeling particularly nostalgic today, here is a glimpse at what I looked like in highschool. This is my grad picture. Yes, I used to bleach my hair blonde.

Thankful Playlist Thursday

We already celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada but our neighbours to the South are celebrating their turkey day today and Playlist Thursday is all about being thankful this week.

Instructions to participate:

Something Old: Songs that are at least 5 years old. (I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.)
Something Current: Songs that have been released within the past year.
Something to Consider: This is the wild card category. Feel free to list any song: old, current, guilty pleasure, underground, whatever.

Before each song include: Artist, Title, Side Note: (Anything you want to say about the song) Quotable: (line from the song)

My three song choices this week are about some of the most important people in my life. I am thankful each and every day for my husband, our son, and our daughter.

Something Old

Artist: Linkin Park

Title: In the End

Side note: When Lincoln was born in 2009 I had a friend who upon hearing his name for the first time initially thought we had named him after the band Linkin Park. She quickly realized we named him after a brand of car but I always smile when I think about this story and hear Linkin Park on the radio. No Linkin Park song reminds me of my son but there are a few that are good for running.

Quotable: “All I know, time is a valuable thing. Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings.”

Something new

Artist: Tegan and Sara

Title: Closer

Side note: Tegan and Sara (twin sisters) have been one of my favourite singing duos for as long as I can remember. While I was pregnant with our Teagan one of their songs came on in the truck and Andrew suggested the name Teagan half-way through the song. I was shocked because it was on my list but I never thought he would go for it. As soon as I saw her I knew she was a Teagan.

Quotable: “The doors are open. The wind is really blowing. The night sky is changing overhead.”

Something to consider

Artist: Don McLean

Title: American Pie

Side note: Instead of using our wedding song (Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours) as my choice to represent my husband I knew I had to go with American Pie. This song reminds me of when we first started dating back in University in 2000. It’s been 12 years and I still smile and think of our younger selves when I hear this song.

Quotable: “Well I know that you’re in love with him. Cause I saw you dancin’ in the gym. You both kicked off your shoes. Man, I dig those rythmn and blues.”

If you’re in the US – Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re in Canada – Happy Black Friday Eve :)

Head on over to Pavement Runner and see what everyone else is thankful for via their playlist.

Playlist Thursday – Cool down songs

On a whim the other day I tweeted Pavement Runner a suggestion for a Playlist Thursday theme and I’m excited that he is featuring it this week: Songs we end our runs with. The COOL down part, not the sprint to the finish. This can also be songs that you stretch to post-run or to wind down from a great workout/run.

I have a list of songs that I always save for the cool down part of my runs. These are the songs I listen to on my walk back home that are more mellow and help me relax and/or reflect on my workout. To participate yourself follow these guidelines:

Something Old: Songs that are at least 5 years old. (I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.)
Something Current: Songs that have been released within the past year.
Something to Consider: This is the wild card category. Feel free to list any song: old, current, guilty pleasure, underground, whatever.

 

 

Something Old

Artist: Pearl Jam

Title: Just Breathe

Side note: Back when I was training for my first half-marathon I asked my friends to send me song suggestions for my playlist that would remind me of them on race day. A friend from Washington State (who we also happen to have gotten our dog Glenn from) sent me this Pearl Jam song. It’s one of my favourites.

Quotable: “Oh I’m a lucky man, to count on both hands the ones I love…”

 

Something New

Artist: Jason Mraz

Title: Living in the Moment

Side note: I love the message in this song and running helps me remember to live in the moment.

Quotable: “So I just let go of what I know I don’t know. And I know I only do this by Living in the moment. Living my life. Easy and breezy. With peace in my mind. I got peace in my heart. Got peace in my soul. Wherever I’m going, I’m already home. I’m living in the moment.”

Something to Consider

Artist: Tristan Prettyman

Title: Always Feel this Way

Side note: This is the second week in a row that I’ve featured a Tristan Prettyman song but this is a song that gets played frequently at the end of most runs.

Quotable: “I hope I always, always feel this way, always feel this way”

Head on over to the Playlist Thursday Catalogue and check out what everyone else is cooling down to this week. Thanks for featuring my theme suggestion this week Pavement Runner!

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