The Magic of Music

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness Director - 14th September 2012

The Magic of Music
POSTED BY: Sharon Rekieta, Fitness Director

The opening lines from last week’s blog:

“Music is like a legal drug for athletes.”
-Costas Karageorghis, PhD one of the world’s leading authorities on music and exercise.

“Music provides the motivation to power the movement.”
-Sharon Rekieta, PhD an instructor who has let “the beat” move her feet for decades.

With the above in mind, following are some of my favorite songs.  I typically listen to a very eclectic mix: a lot of rock, pop and dance with a little bit of country and easy listening.  Release dates of the various tunes could range from the 60s to this week’s most recent chart toppers.

If I am putting together a musical mix for a class or specific running session, the arrangement becomes more sophisticated.  For example, “Howlin’ For You” works well on a long steady climb either on the bike or on the road while “Move” inspires me to pick up the tempo or feel more playful in my moves.  These songs will then be placed in the playlist when I expect or want to tackle that challenging climb or move at a faster pace.

If you’re looking for “musical inspiration”, check out my favorites.  And if you’re wondering why I did not include a particular song, please send the title of the tune as I welcome new inspiration—I’d love to hear from you!

Remember: “life started with a beat”, and listening to the beat of the music will help keep that going.

Music I love:

Madness, Muse
Gangnam Style—great song J, PSY
Into the Groove, Madonna
Love the Way You Lie (American Idol Performance), Colton Dixon
Call On Me (Theme From "South Of Sunset"), Glenn Frey
Move, Mercy Me
Gold On the Ceiling, Black Keys
Howlin' for You (feat. Prins Thomas Diskomiks), BlackKeys
Runaway Baby, Bruno Mars
Hey Baby, Mocean Worker
Fire, Babyface and Des’ree
Higher Love, Steve Winwood
You’re Rght I’m Wrong, Teddy Thompson
Dance Again (feat. Pitbull), Jennifer Lopez
9 Crimes, Damien Rice
Sweetly We Touched, Govinda
Somebody to Love (remix), Jefferson Airplane
Cinderella Man, Eminem
Back in Time, Pitbull
Radar Love, Golden Earring
Couple Days Off, Huey Lewis and the News
Good Life, One Republic
Paradise, Coldplay
Thunderstruck, AC/DC
Cathedrals, Gooding
I Still Believe, The Call
Welcome to the Back Parade, My Chemical Romance
Work it for Me, Justin Timberlake
Knee Deep, Zac Brown Band
Who Run the World, Beyonce
In the Air Tonight, Nonpoint
I Run for Life, Melissa Etheridge
Beggin’, Madcon
Here Comes the Sun, Richie Havens
Played A-Live, Safri Duo
Good Things, The Bodeans
Make the Devil Cry, Gooding
You Wreck Me, Tom Petty
Café Mocha, Jesse Cook
Somebody Told Me, The Killers