I’ll show you mine if you show me yours

Many thanks to everyone for your kind words of encouragement in the weeks leading up to and following my 8K at the Crim Festival of Races!

After sharing my race experiences with you, one of the comments posted by fellow blogger Patrick Leer of Caregivingly Yours got me thinking. He asked, “OK so what was playing in that iPod?”

I’ll tell you in a few seconds, but first I’ll share with you my initial thoughts and ask everyone reading this blog the same type of question: What is playing on your iPod, in your mind, in your heart?

I could recite in my sleep my running playlist of the songs that get me through my running route, as well as others that power me through the tough days, complement my mood on the good days, ease my pain on the sad days and are mainstays every other day. 

What about you? What are the songs that help you through and of those, which one would you recommend I purchase on iTunes to add to my new iPod playlist “From friends.”

As you probably guessed, my 8K playlist was saturated with Springsteen. But there was a little more. I essentially took my “Running” playlist (which includes a song by Green Day) and added a few from my second running playlist* to ensure I had enough music to get me through the five-mile route.

So, Patrick, here is what was playing on my iPod as I ran the race for my record book:

• Streets of Fire – Bruce Springsteen
• Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen
• Prove it All Night – Bruce Springsteen
• Brothers Under the Bridges ’83 – Bruce Springsteen
• Girls in Their Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen
• You’ll be Coming Down – Bruce Springsteen
• American Land – Bruce Springsteen
• Last to Die – Bruce Springsteen
• Bad Religion ­– Godsmack*
• Bawitdaba – Kid Rock*
• Jesus of Suburbia – Green Day
• Enemy – Sevendust*

And of all these songs, the one I’d recommend is “You’ll be Coming Down.” From it’s rhythm to it’s lyrics – Easy street, a quick buck and true lies, Smiles as thin as those dusky blue skies; A silver plate of pearls my golden child, It’s all yours at least for a little while … Like a thief on a Sunday morning, It all falls apart with no warning – this is one of many songs that help keep me moving a step ahead of MS.

I’ve shown you mine, now you show me yours! Comment and let me know what music keeps you moving forward.

 

2 Responses to “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours”

  1. Tracy Brown says:

    Great post Dan. Don’t know if you knew, but I’m a runner too and I use the Nike + on my iPod. My current “power song” is Oh My God by Ida Marie. Very approprite for a number of reasons, it’s got a great beat for running and I think the words will hit home as they do for me. Hope you enjoy!

  2. Patrick Leer says:

    Hey there! Thanks for the secret songs. :) Believe it or not I do not even own an iPod! I am a walker/power walker and prefer audio books to occupy the miles. Kind of like making the time to read a book each evening. … When pushing Patti, banter occupies us both.

    PS We also entered Acorda Therapeutics with a video entitled “I PUSH because …”. Congratulations!

    Caregivingly Yours, Patrick
    http://caregivinglyyours.blogspot.com/

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