January 31, 2008

Gimme one song. Or two. Or ten…

As most of you know, I am running my first half marathon this Sunday. It will take me a while forever and I need to fill my iPod playlist with many, many tunes. Unfortunately I’m having trouble finding songs I’m not tired of hearing. I need a cheering section throughout the 13-mile endeavor (in forecasted 44 degrees and possible rain, with 19 mph winds), so if you would be so kind as to give me the name (and artist) of one song (or a few, or several) to add to my playlist, it’ll be like you’re in my ear, saying, “GO CATH! You can do it!”

It would help if the song was on the upbeat high-energy spectrum, but anything is fine…except for lullabies. Probably not such a good idea. Also, I hate Celine Dion, so you can skip her entirely.

Even if the song is not my usual taste (but I like all types of music so I’m not sure what my taste is) I will play it during the run (except for Celine, and assuming I can download it somewhere), and I will know that you’re cheering me on in spirit. I’m even putting your name in the title, so when I look at my iPod, it will remind me who suggested the song. I can almost feel the love already!

Some of you offered tunes by commenting on an earlier request I posted for cardio songs, and I plan on using some of those as well. But I need to fill like THREE HOURS of time.

So far, from input from co-workers, I have quite an eclectic mix: Jay Z, Van Halen, Michael Jackson, Metallica, Pink, Hot Hot Heat, Pat Benatar, and Thicke to name a few.

So what song do you want me to run to and think of you?

10 people have roominated about “Gimme one song. Or two. Or ten…”

  • Sandi says:

    Jennifer Nettles/Bon Jovi – Who says you can’t go home
    Keith Urban – I told you so
    Sugarland – Settlin’
    Rascal Flatts – Take me there

    Oh, and ditto on the Celene Dion thing….

  • Mere says:

    Shut up and Drive – Rihanna
    Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna
    I love me some Rihanna.

    Best of luck!

  • Denise says:

    the following are from the Legally Blonde soundtrack:

    One Girl Revolution, Magic (Black Eyed Peas), Can’t get me Down, and Watch Me Shine.

    You Go Girl!

  • Tobie says:

    Can’t stop – Maroon 5
    Hey school boy – Stefy
    I want you to want me – Letters to Cleo
    Spam – Save Ferris
    California – AB O’Neill
    Boys wanna be her – Peaches
    I don’t feel like dancin’ – Scissor Sisters
    Your mangled heart – The Gossip
    Our son – Taylor Swift
    My oh my – The Wreckers
    Travelin’ thru – Dolly Parton
    Knock ’em out – Lilly Allen
    Make your own kind of music – Cass Elliott
    Ruby blue – Roisin Murphy
    Best of you – Foo Fighters
    Rebel girl – Bikini Kill
    Love punch – The Chalets
    Boogie woogie bugle boy – Bette Midler
    Gloden years – David Bowie
    No sleep tonight – The Faders
    The rockafeller skank – Fatboy Slim
    Short skirt long jacket – Cake
    Maneater – Nelly Furtado
    Till i get to you – Nika Costa
    Steady as she goes – The Racontours
    Walkie talkie man – Stereogram

    OK I’ll stop now. I get a little carried away when it comes to music. Have an awesome run!!!

  • I’m giving you my gym songs:

    Let’s Get it Started in Here (Black Eyed Peas)
    Whatever Lola Wants (Gotan Project)
    Love Punch (The Chalets)
    Benoit Dutras, Gitans, and J’eaux d’eau (all Cirque du Soleil)
    Let the Drummer Kick (Citizen Cope)
    Matrix Theme (Crystal Method)
    My Love (the Czars)
    This is Your Life (Dust Brothers – Fight Club soundtrack)
    The Moment I Said It (Imogen Heap)
    Anything by the Juno Reactor
    Ramalama Bang Bang (Roisin Murphy)

    I’m really beat oriented because I like to count off to the beats as I do laps or sit ups, etc. So this keeps me pretty streamlined – I imagine it’d be easy to keep running at a steady pace to have music that has somewhat of a consistent beat, or you can count off in eights.

  • wi says:

    just some general and a few specific suggestions from one of the older generation:
    anything by queen
    anything from “breakfast in america”
    up up and away by 5th dimension
    come fly with my by sinatra (those last 2 are to make you run faster if you need the inspiration)
    fleetwood mac

  • Saj says:

    I agree with a bunch of Tobie’s suggestions, especially:
    Ruby Blue-Roisin Murphy
    I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’-Scissor Sisters
    Short Skirt Long Jacket-Cake

    I’ll reiterate some of my earlier suggestions:
    Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That-Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Grey’s Anatomy vol. 3)
    How Far We’ve Come-Matchbox 20
    In a Daydream-Freddy Jones Band
    New Shoes-Paolo Nutini

    And some other favorites of mine:
    Dancing With Myself-Billy Idol
    (Actually, there are a lot of U2 songs I could get fired up with!)
    Love Song-Sara Bareilles
    Stay (Wasting Time)-Dave Matthews Band
    Hamoa Beach-Gomez
    Sun Comes Up-John Legend
    What Goes Around…-JT

    I guess that’s good for now. I wish I could run alongside of you! We’ll have to do that someday-Disney, right?
    Just think of me giving you little pushes just when you need them. We’re all cheering for you from chilly Wisconsin! Love from me and my boys!

  • Saj says:

    I just thought of a song we work out to in my “Cardio Combat” class-“Runaway” by Bon Jovi!

  • Alison says:

    How ’bout “Hey Ya” by Outkast?

  • Annie says:

    Can’t do it without ZZ Top, “She got Legs” (and she knows how to use ’em!!) Run, Cat, Run!!

roominate on this yourself