..we'll all make a fortune selling Daddy's dope!
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?!?