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Friday, June 21, 2013

..we'll all make a fortune selling Daddy's dope!
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Please remind me not to sing this aloud when I'm on the course on Sunday. I dug out my Nano, which I had shoved in a desk drawer. It was given to me as a gift and I had not used it. I was annoyed by my hubby and kids with those dang earplugs shoved in their ears all the time, and besides, I have one busted ear drum that makes loud music annoying, anyway.

I have a race on Sunday and I've been sick most of the last two months. I have life long asthma and I've been dogged by a respiratory illness that just won't go away. It's not really bad, just persistent. But I'm going to run, anyway, if I can. I've been running all along, just not fast - more like slogging - and I've been doing a lot of walking. I was actually doing BETTER at the beginning of my running than I am doing now.

I have told my husband he is ABSOLUTELY NOT to check up on me at the half way point like he wants to. I will show him that I put my inhalant in my pocket. After that, I want to be NORMAL! I will be embarrassed if he makes a fuss. I'd rather he shows me he thinks I am Bad to the Bone by waiting at the finish line with a camera! If I find he DOES wait for me at the half way point, I'll "tan his hide when he died, Clyde, and that's it hanging on the shed!" Oh, well... maybe not. I just wanted to use another lyric. But you get the idea.

However, my breathing problems really have become a BELIEVING problem. So I decided I needed some distraction. I was a DJ waaaaaaaayyyy back in the day, when I used to bring my own LPs and occasionally 45s and even 78s and tapes to the studio to augment the stations' collections. (Two stations, one college, one non-profit, both underfunded.) So I chose some music that was FUN, that made me remember being young. I chose music that was appropriately about 120-130ish beats a minute, paced right for a slow but steady runner.

My selection is all on shuffle, to surprise me. It includes:
Zydeco: several Beau Zocque - Boogie Woogie All Night Long is my favorite one
Paul Simon - That Was Your Mother

Reggae: Desmond Dekker - 007 Shanty Town - and YES, I DO know the words
Bob Marley - Buffalo Soldier

Silly Sixties: Coasters - Three Cool Cats and Yakety Yack
Clarence Frogman Henry - Aint Got No Home
Rolf Harris - Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport

Alternative: Dave Mathews - Tripping Billies

Swing/Country: Bill Kirchen: Swing Fever

Rock: George Thoroughgood - Bad to the Bone, Move it On Over, One Bourbon, One Whiskey, One Beer - he has GOOD running rhythms
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Spank
Ramones - We're a Happy Family (me, Mom and Daddy!)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Aeroplane
The Kinks - Lola
The Presidents of the United States of America - Lump
Paul Simon - Ace in the Hole
The Police - Roxanne
Santana and guests - Smooth and Why Don't You and I

Blues Rock: Stevie Ray Vaughan -Let Me Love You Baby

Funk: Wild Cherry - Play that Funky Music

Folk Opera: Porgy and Bess - I got Plenty of Nothing

If you know the lyrics to these songs, at least 70% of them are ridiculous. How could anyone feel miserable running to these? They come from a disparate mixture of genres, but are close enough in tempo and mood so they segue pretty well. I did have to drop a couple of old songs I wanted to keep because the sound quality was so low that it sounded awful in the mix. And I couldn't find a GOOD copy of some peppy old favorites like "Who put the Benzadrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?" But this should keep my busy for a couple of runs. Anyway, I ran out of time to add any more!

One thing about the silly ones: I have to watch my form! It is hard not to want to get bouncy and silly while listening! So if you see someone moving more vertically than horizontally, with a goofy grin, mouthing occasional nonsense like "kangaroo" and "piranha pajama", well, it's probably me.

Edited to add: I got good copies of Mrs Murphy AND Ain't Nobody Here But us Chickens! Ha! (Nothing worse than straining to hear a quiet old scratchy song with one good ear and then being jarred afterwards by the Ramones! But these are good!) Re: Play that Funky Music, I'm sure it was at least half satire. At one point he squeals incredulously about playing it until he DIES?!?
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    Yesss, to Stevie Ray. I'm flickin' my BIC in tribute. Great playlist. Wave to the crowd when you pass that finish line. The applause and cheers are for you.
    2127 days ago
    LOL LOL I can just imagine the goofy grin on your face as you run while listening to these! lol lol

    You GO Girl! Good for you for pushing through this and strategizing to find a better way.

    And hey! I could tell your husband you're "bad to the bone" -- so tell him to just call me! lol lol

    Enjoy the run for all its worth!

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    2127 days ago
    I, on the other hand, "LOVE Play that Funky Music" as well as a number of others!! Have fun Sunday!! emoticon
    2128 days ago
    fun remembering
    2128 days ago
    One of my favorites: Louis Jordan - Aint nobody here but us chickens!
    2128 days ago
    My witty friend, that's quite a mix you've got there. The only thing I'd delete is "Play that Funky Music." Somehow it offends me. But the thought of you running your heart out with your hips shaking to the music makes me smile. (Was the non-profit one of the Pacifica Foundation stations?)

    2128 days ago
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