Shiny Happy Motivation Mix (Now with less cursing!)
Truth be told, this is less of a mix than it is a list of tunes that get me through a workout with a little less of the edge that comes with my thuggish tendencies. Just like before, click the titles for sound clips. Enjoy.
Suddenly I See
This is a great "get going" ditty. It was on my iPod when I started the marathon, which was the perfect soundtrack for being in a crowd of 10,000 runners.
You Get What You Give
Um...the title says it all, no?
I haven’t got much time to waste, it’s time to make my way
I’m not afraid of what I’ll face, but I’m afraid to stay
I’m going down my own road and I can make it alone
I'll work and I'll fight, Till I find a place of my own
You Can Do It
This has always been one of my favorites off Tragic Kingdom. It's No Doubt, it's disco, it's Gwennie singing "you can do it" in your ears while you crank the tension on the trainer...what's not to like?
Right Here Right Now
This is the first of two FS tracks to be featured here, but I will say that Fatboy Slim's greatest hits album functions well as a standalone on many levels, not the least of which is training (and not just because the editors mined from it shamelessly for the NBC Ironman broadcasts).
You push me to go the extra mile
You push me when it’s difficult to smile
You push me, a better version of myself
You push me, only you and no one else
See what I'm sayin' here? Plus, this track picks up the intensity of Right Here Right Now and takes it down another avenue. This mix is "shiny happy," but it's not "namby pamby."
Don't Let Me Down
Again, title is self-explanatory, but having Gwennie in your ear with "don't blow it" is also pretty good.
If you're thinking this one's on here for the title, you're half-right. Just before the female voice starts the "la la la's" where the clip starts, there is something about the timbre of that voice that just gets me...can a voice be sassy and wry? I dunno what it is, but I liked this song better when I imagined the woman/women singing with a smirk. Just sayin'.
One Way or Another
Talk about smirking...
I'm going to say that yes, I am seizing on the lyric, "with a rebel yell, she cried more, more, more." This might be a good place to say that with these up-tempo songs about love/lust, replacing the object of affection with your GOAL is a good way to make a LOT of songs take on new meaning.
Working for the Weekend
1. Who isn't?
2. This is forever burned in my brain as the song Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze danced to as they competed to become the next Chippendale's dancer.
How high are the stakes?
How much fortune can you make?
Does this get any better?
Should I carry on?
Will it matter when I'm gone?
Will any of this matter?
Okay, fame and fortune? No. But finish lines...yes, Madonna, they matter to me very much.