Today I signed up for a website called Run Hundred. Every couple of days, I get an e-mail from them to tell me about new songs added to their site that are available for voting on. 40,000 people then listen to the songs and indicate whether they would work out to the songs. There is a top ten of the month, top ten of all time, top ten work-out collections, etc.
To me, music is essential for working out. My favorites right are Hello! (Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette) and We Speak No Americano (Yolanda Be Cool and DCup). I hear those two songs, my feet want to start running. I have about 55 songs on my workout mix now and I have probably heard each of then about 20+ times or so. I am okay with that – because every time I hear one it signals to my brain that it is time to start exercising. But honestly, sometimes I feel like I’m in Grade 9 listening to Richard Marx. I’m hoping Run Hundred will help me keep my mix fresh. I especially like running with my iPod as it focuses me on me – the running, the exercise. It is not about anyone else but me. Pass me, or I pass you, this is about and for me, not anyone else.
When I attended UVic in the mid 90s, I attended a seminar on how to use e-mail – because frankly I had never used e-mail before. It was before spam, before blogs, before social networks, before the internet changed things. I am approaching middle age, I guess – and there are children now don’t know what a World Book Encyclopedia Set is. I still use the books – that my mom hasn’t recycled yet – to settle discussions when I return home. But I wouldn’t suggest looking up cell phones, Russia, Geothermal Energy, American Idol, George Bernard Shaw or blogging.
I am not lamenting the old or the new. Just amazing what we can do now, that just 20 years ago hadn’t even been conceived of.
Now, I can a summary of 40,000 people’s opinions on workout music delivered directly to my e-mail in-box. If I like any of the songs, I can click (Amazon, iTunes, or Emusic) and have it delivered to my iPod and be running with it in 2 minutes. My god. Remember the Columbia House CD Club? We thought that was pretty sophisticated.
May 25th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: A wish that the world’s children could experience both the convenience of the new and the romance of the old.
Maintenance May Day 25:
Made Beet Brownies. Ate 6 Beet Brownies. Beets or not, still pretty calorically dense. (soul).