I usually save my talk of music for Friday Things, but I was just thinking: does anyone else associate a particular song with a race? Even though I have dozens of songs queued up for each of my races, and they're on random (I'm not to the level of creating the perfect play list for each moment of a race, YET), only one song stands out to me after the race is done. And it's not always the finish line song; just one that stood out and now every time I hear it on the radio, I can't help but think of the race.
Most times, it's the song that lifted me up when I needed it most, or was playing at a great moment. A few examples:
Anyhoo, you get the idea. I know these are not highfalutin songs, by any means. They're not what I turn to while I just want to sit and listen to music (David Gray or The Shins usually win out in that category), but they sure make me smile and give me much needed energy. I hate when I see those judgemental posts (usually on Facebook) where songs lyrics of past decades are compared to today's Bieber song "Like Baby Baby Baby" and oh, where has creativity gone, blah blah. Well, is anyone criticizing The Beatles for "she loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah?" (blasphemy!) or one of my favorite songs of all time, The Jackson Five singing "ABC, easy as 123?" And sometimes it's not about the lyrics: "Ho Hey" by the Lumineers is so simple and yet one of the most sublime songs I've heard in decades. I'm just gonna go ahead and embed that one, in case you haven't heard it yet:
I think there are plenty of great artists, and lyrics, out there right now (I almost lost my voice singing Colbie Caillat's version of "Breakeven" when I was in the car ALONE last week) and they're just as relevant as the fun pop songs on the radio today. Well, in my opinion anyway. I'll get off my soapbox now...