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Trippy Tunes!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Okay so it was a dark, dreary, cold and drippy day filled with lots of big batch cooking, catching up on housework and of course noodling around on the pc and before you know it I oughta get the heck to bed...BUT!

I hadn't done any workout! I'd been "thinking about" the treadmill up in my SparkHaven workout room...but dragging my feet all day to take care of business. After all the Binghamton Bridge Run is only a couple weeks away and I have what I regard as my single obligatory 5K run of the year awaiting me!

Of course with all this procrastinating you can tell I REALLY wasn't in the mood for this. However I had a new weapon in my motivational arsenal:

Trippy Tunes!

This may be a little tricky to explain such a visual thing but I'll try. Some of you may already be familiar with this program for playing music on one's computer: Winamp...? www.winamp.com It's a freebie and works pretty well even for humongous music collections such as the hundreds of gigs on my external hard drive. One of the features of Winamp are the "visualizations" that others have created. Visualizations are animations which undulate, pulse, flash and MOVE to the music. Most are pretty abstract and kaleidoscopic and filled with colors, some are more descriptive such as a brilliant butterfly racing ahead of you across a field of grass or a neon roller coaster looping you through space. The cool thing about them is the sensation of MOVEMENT and my idea was to get these visualizations running with my tunes while *I* was running on my treadmill...and it WORKED! I turned all the lights off and had just my old 17" Dell laptop hooked up to my stereo and four speakers in each corner of the room and kicked out the jams! I've always enjoyed visualizations but who has the time to sit around stoner-like "oh wow man..." Guess I've still got lots of leftover 60's flower-power still kicking...lol! A house party of one!

My mind could roam with the animations while walking / jogging on the treadmill and sometimes I could associate the animation to the music, sometimes to the artist who was playing (a beautifully morphing flower for one of my favorite Santana tunes, for instance) and sometimes to the fact that I was picking up the pace to Polyethylene Pam by the Beatles, cranking up the speed as I knew it was a short song...lol!

Anyhow...some might not prescribe this as a tonic for sacking out for the night, but I'm betting I'll sleep just fine tonight...much better than I would if I was beating myself up for NOT hopping on the treadmill!

Have a great week ahead everyone!

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    Wow, I haven't changed my winamp skins in years! All I do now is listen to Pandora so I haven't used my own PC music player to see these visualizations. You are absolutely right tho... checking out these movements def amps you up.
    2185 days ago
    Did you write this AFTER your evening work out? I'm guessing you logged on to track your fitness afterwards and just HAD to write a blog about it while you were still inspired?

    Very cool and inspiring and man I can picture myself there. Good description of a cool process.

    2185 days ago
    "A house party of one!" emoticon

    I long to have music to propel me on the bike, but alas, it's just not safe to have earbuds in riding in downtown Chicago traffic. I see lots of cyclists doing it, and I shake my head and wish them safety.

    So sometimes I find myself singing to myself -- in my head or sometimes softly aloud. LOL The most recent tune stuck in my head lately while riding is Bob Seger's "Against the Wind." That should give you some idea of the weather conditions so far this spring!
    2186 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    thanks for the reminder and website too..
    have a great week too....
    blessings and hugs..............lita
    2189 days ago
    I go to the Winamp website every now and then, it's pretty good! May I recommend another good website to get music? It's called grooveshark (www.grooveshark.com).
    We had the dark gloomy weather here last Sunday, this system should be moving out soon.
    2189 days ago

    Far out, man! Groovy!!

    Oh, my goodness: we are the eternal boomers!! But: whatever works, and it sounds as if this does!

    I really am cheering DH on in his weight loss . . . and hoping that maybe it's contagious too!!
    2189 days ago
    Great idea - I think I prefer the movies in my head, though. LOL Anyway, I was at a live concert recently where they had a "video artist" doing visuals on a screen behind the band. Really reminded me of the 60's and early 70's but looked great and underscored rather than distracted from the performance. I guess every trend comes around again if you wait long enough! Of course, the technology is more advanced.

    Hope those dark, dreary days don't last long - they are definitely an invitation to procrastination! Thanks for the reminder to get moving - we're having one today but it's supposed to get better as the week progresses!

    2190 days ago
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