Do you remember those diamond commercials by De Beers? The ones with the shadow people and that music? You the ones – you’d find tears on your face and hate yourself for being sucked into “A Diamond is Forever”. I love that piece of music. It is rich, dramatic, and exciting. It is “Palladio” and composed by Karl Jenkins – a modern classicist (he’s actually still alive). Until I wrote this post, I thought Beethoven wrote it. If you are creating music in the 20th century that people think was written 300 years ago, I think you know how to fit in with the big guys.
So, imagine my curiosity when I found someone who remixed it way back in 2002. Yes, Just like they do with Lady Gaga, Madonna, LMFAO, etc, etc. Someone remixed Palladio! I listened to the clip and immediately downloaded and added it to my workout playlist.
I went for a run with my workout music on shuffle as always and at the 1.9 km mark on my run, that song started up. I was running on a generally straight patch, and I had just run up a bunch of slow twisty hills. I was tired and really didn’t feel like running anymore. But I felt like I was in a commercial – not for diamonds this time, but something that mattered. Something bold. Important. Something bigger than just a girl running on the road.
June 6th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: I cut 30 seconds off my regular min/km pace today.