Monday, August 28, 2006

New Workout Music List

Yeppers, I updated the Lyra a few days ago with a few new tunes. Actually I'd updated it a few weeks back and made a few more changes. Some remain from my earlier list, but a few newer songs from the ol' collection have been added.

What meets my criteria?
1. Good beat
2. Positive message
3. I just like it.

So here's my list (and a few notes):
  • Ah! Leah! (Donnie Iris) -- I just like it; good beat.
  • All Fired Up (Pat Benatar) -- it's the message: "I believe there comes a time, when everything just falls in line." Pretty much the story of the last 18 months of my life. Things on occasion have fallen in line and clicked when there was no real reason for them to do so. I can't argue with that.
  • Boogie Wonderland (Earth Wind & Fire) -- hello? It's Earth Wind & Fire. Reason enough.
  • Cigarettes & Alcohol (Rod Stewart) -- yeah. Real positive, huh? Actually, I just like it, and it has a good beat for me to start with.
  • Cool the Engines (Boston) -- love this song. And it's the perfect cool-down, especially if I'm on the treadmill that gives you a five-minute cooldown once you've gone over 20 minutes (some of the newer ones give you only 2-3 minutes).
  • Crumblin' Down (John Cougar Mellencamp) -- I have always loved this song. And "Authority Song" (same CD, and was previously on the Lyra). Why do I love anti-authority songs so much? The world may never know....
  • Deeper & Deeper (The Fixx) -- great song. This version is from the Streets of Fire soundtrack. The movie didn't do so hot, but it had some great music -- this and "I Can Dream About You" by Dan Hartman.
  • Gemini Dream (Moody Blues) -- this song has a special place in my heart, and a good beat, so that's why it's here.
  • Hair of the Dog (Nazareth) -- one rockin' awesome song.
  • Head to Toe (Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam) -- the beat. Plain and simple. It was tough to choose between this and "Lost in Emotion" but this had the more workout-like beat. And good memories of my first semester in college.
  • Hold On Tight (ELO) -- great positive message, especially considering my goal is truly long-term. It's a dream I want to hold on tight to....
  • I Feel Free (Cream) -- because why wouldn't you want something by Eric Clapton on your MP3/iPod? And it's my hippie-like indulgence on an otherwise heavily 70s/80s list.
  • James Dean (Eagles) -- great beat. One of my favorite bands. I mean, c'mon!!!
  • Jealous Again (Black Crowes) -- good band. Good song. Good beat. Perfect combination.
  • Keep Yourself Alive (Queen) -- great band. Good message. Awesome beat. God, I miss Freddie Mercury ....
  • Let It Whip (Dazz Band) -- makes me walk a little faster and put a little extra something in my step. And besides, it's one of the last good dance songs.
  • Lights Out (Peter Wolf) -- don't know why. I just like it. And so, it is here.
  • Long Train Running (Doobie Brothers) -- another good drivin' song (not driving as in behind the wheel -- drivin' as in motivating). Might not be good for you, but it works for me.
  • New York Groove (Ace Frehley) -- yes, I have this. A live version, no less. Good driving beat that keeps me paced fairly well.
  • On the Loose (Saga) -- don't know why, but it works for me.
  • One Vision (Queen) -- another good song with a great message.
  • Peace Frog (Doors) -- unfortunately, this is the "first-half" only of a two-part song. And yes, it's an odd inclusion. But somehow, again, it works for me.
  • Radioactive (The Firm) -- ya know, I'm discovering that for some reason, most of these are songs that would only work for a real twisted brain like mine. Moohoohoohahahaha! This is another of them.
  • Remedy (Black Crowes) -- another one that might not work for everyone, but it works for me (by this point, I'm usually off the treadmill and on the Nautilus machines anyway).
  • Running Down A Dream (Tom Petty) -- fantastic beat, really driving and keeps me going.
  • Running On Empty (Jackson Browne) -- another one with a good steady beat. And besides, it reminds me of the scene in Forrest Gump when he's running to this song. Kind of inspires me to think that one day -- not now, but one day -- I would do the same.
  • Sanctify Yourself (Simple Minds) -- again, one that might not do diddly for you, but it works well for me.
  • Shining Star (Earth Wind & Fire) -- one of the most positive songs I can have on here. If I need a good uplift, if I'm frustrated about something in my workout, this song helps me focus on why I'm doing all this.
  • Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder) -- if you don't move something during this song, check to see if you're lying between Keith Moon and Brian Jones.
  • So Alive (Love & Rockets) -- yet another of those "only Nettie" songs.
  • Train in Vain (The Clash) -- good beat. It works.
  • Whatever Gets You Through the Night (John Lennon) -- another song with a good beat to get me happy and moving. Although, every time I hear the beginning, I can almost hear Don Pardo saying, "GE Smith and the Saturday Night Live Baaaaand..... MUUUUUsical guest, Whomever, and your host......" (Yes, I know GE Smith hasn't been on there in ages. I still hear his name whenever I hear it, just like occasionally for the Today show, my head will hear "with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley.....")
  • Winning (Santana) -- a truly inspiring, positive song. I've loved it for 25 years now, and I don't intend to stop.
Well, that's it. The current incarnation of the Nettie Playlist. I mix it up so that I don't always start off with the same old song (though I do admit to switching it back to "Cool the Engines" every time for my cooldown). If something on here works for you, then by all means......

1 comment:

Talmadge G. said...

Them here's some damn fine listenin yew gawt rat cheer.

Ah! Leah! (Donnie Iris)
Perhaps the most underrated vocalist of the early '80s. And "Leah!" - cool as it is - actually pales when compared to such magic as "Love is Like a Rock", "Sweet Merilee" and in what my opinion is Donnie Iris' finest song, Spring 1982's "My Girl."

All Fired Up (Pat Benatar)
My son is beginning to discover her catalog, as his marching band will be playing "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", among others.

Boogie Wonderland (Earth Wind & Fire)

Cool the Engines (Boston)
See above.

Crumblin' Down (John Cougar Mellencamp)
-- I have always loved this song. And "Authority Song" (same CD, and was previously on the Lyra)

You can like both for me. There's only one song on Uh Huh I find appealing, and that's the immortal "Play Guitar."

Sorry, but I've always thought of "Authority Song" as a lukewarm rewrite of "I Fought the Law." :-/

Deeper & Deeper (The Fixx)
I'm quite partial to the long version myself (appears as the B side of the 45 of "Are We Ourselves", released later in '84).

Oh, and "I Can Dream About You" is one of those songs that brings back the glowing magic of my first days at A-State.

Gemini Dream (Moody Blues)
Give me the entire album ("Long Distance Voyager") any day.

Hair of the Dog (Nazareth)
I wonder why I never played this record on TOTR......

Head to Toe (Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam)
I KNOW why I never played this record on TOTR.

"Lost in Emotion", despite my being completely in the AOR fold in 1987, crept over the wall to be part of my life's soundtrack.

Hold On Tight (ELO)
Make mine double cream with sugar.

I Feel Free (Cream)
Memories of one of my last TOTR programs. It felt good to play this among a playlist of other 'freedom' themed songs.

James Dean (Eagles)
I mean, c'mon -- WHY wasn't this included on the world-famous, everyone-has-a-copy-I-think Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975??? And why didn't it crack the top 40???

Yeah, "c'mon", indeed!!

Jealous Again (Black Crowes)
Strong contender for my favorite song of 1990.

Keep Yourself Alive (Queen)
As my kid would say, "Meh."

Let It Whip (Dazz Band)
1982: LOATHED it.
2006: Good period piece.

Lights Out (Peter Wolf)
This record unlocks the whole feel of August 1984 -- the anticipation, the excitement, the anxiety of being away at college for the first time, after a freshman year spent at home going to a community college.

Long Train Running (Doobie Brothers)
It would work for me were it not burnt to a crisp. :-(

New York Groove (Ace Frehley)
I have no idea why I love this song. But I do. Always have. (If you're interested in the 45 version, say the word......)

On the Loose (Saga)
I love this song. A real unsung piece of rock 'n' roll magic on 1983's radio.

One Vision (Queen)
I again borrow a "Meh." from Tiger.

Peace Frog (Doors)
If you want this in tandem with "Blue Sunday", just say the word ..... although I have to say it's a curious anomaly on this list.

Radioactive (The Firm)
I appreciate twisted brains. I also appreciate this song ... heck, the whole album (favorite track: "Satisfaction Guaranteed"). Although their cover of "Lovin' Feelin'" lacked.

Remedy (Black Crowes)
Not bad ... not bad at all ....

Running Down A Dream (Tom Petty)
That was a good period for TP.

Running On Empty (Jackson Browne)
I heard this song no fewer than three times in the last 24 hours, one of those times from my own MP3 shuffle mix.

Sanctify Yourself (Simple Minds)
Again: "Meh." Let it do double diddly for you. :-)

Shining Star (Earth Wind & Fire)
Positive, yes. Kicks, yes. One of the best songs of 1975, hell yes.

Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
File under "To dislike is to give aid and comfort to Al Quaeda"

So Alive (Love & Rockets)
A really cool record in 1989.

Train in Vain (The Clash)
I see you this and raise you "London Calling". Good stuff all around.

But did the sha-reef like it?

Whatever Gets You Through the Night (John Lennon)
Not among my favorite JL songs, although that doesn't mean I don't like it.

Winning (Santana)
I have my own reasons for hearing a positive message in this song. Spring of 10th grade was magical in a lot of ways.

Even if it IS a bit repetitive, heh heh..... >:-D