I’ve been thinking a lot about music and exercise lately. I’ve accumulated about 90 minutes of exercises (much of it from physical therapy as I’ve hurt various body-parts playing soccer, or softball, or working on the house); and I do these at home, before anyone else in the house is up, and therefore in silence. Fine. But then I swim a mile, in a 25-yard pool, which may be great exercise but can also be quite tedious.
So I was glad to receive a waterproof mp3 player for Christmas. The question now is: what to put on it? Looking at various playlists I’ve created for my iPod, I see that a lot of my favorite songs aren’t suited to the purpose of synchronizing and perhaps enhancing my swimming. So I’ve made a first pass through my iTunes and come up with the following playlist.
Track time artist album
Mea Culpa 4:58 David Byrne & Brian Eno My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
Shakes 3:18 Yo La Tengo Prisoners Of Love
Wolf Like Me 4:41 TV On The Radio Return To Cookie Mountain
Violet 3:24 Hole Live Through This
The Crystal Cat3:53 Dan Deacon Spiderman of the Rings
Constructive Summer 2:56 The Hold Steady Stay Positive
Stronger 5:14 Kanye West Graduation
99 Problems 4:07 Jay-Z + DJ Danger Mouse The Grey Album
Ike & Tina 3:39 Jamie T Panic Prevention
Salt, Peppa And Spinderella 3:06 Johnny Foreigner Single
Galang 3:35 M.I.A. Arular
Humdrum Town 3:31 Theophilus London Green Label Sound
Mr. November 3:57 The National Alligator
Cumbion de las aves 4:45 Chancha via Circuito Rio Arriba
I haven’t had a chance to test it, since my pool was closed last week, but I’ll try it this week and report back. I know it's too long; and I suspect that songs like Kanye West’s “Stronger,” which I’d normally not dial up on the old iPod, will work really well here. Whereas the first four tracks may end up being too similar rhuthmically… I also suspect the Columbian sounds of the Argentine DJ Chancha via Circuito might want to lead in a whole different direction, but let’s see what happens.
All I can say is, I’m looking forward to a new kind of synchronized swimming.
What music pushes you through your workout? Leave a comment.