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November 26, 2007

Back in the Swing


Don't you love it when nature decides to usher in the first workday after a long break with pounding rain? It just makes you want to crawl back under the covers and sleep until the new year.

We were busy bees this Thanksgiving, with family in town, good food and, toward the tail end of the week/end, normal holiday-ish weather. Alexis ran his very first city race, I made some very yummy butternut squash risotto, the ginkgo trees dropped their bright yellow and green leaves and we managed to slow down a little before this inevitable Monday reared its rainy head.

But of course, with the passing of Thanksgiving comes the hellish term paper period, then the slow slide into the holiday season. To balance the expected stress of this monster paper that is sitting half unwritten on my laptop, I signed up for three more NYRR races this December. I have also begun a mission to create the ultimate heard on the radio but never thought to buy the album running playlist.

For some reason, these kinds of songs have been incredibly appealing to me lately. I think that sometimes I imagine that I am driving in a car while running (weird? maybe) and like to hear the songs that I used to sing aloud to while stuck in traffic. These are the hits that I probably rolled my eyes at amongst friends, however when I was in my second hour of inching along the Long Island Expressway, they always made me smile.

On the top of the list thus far:

  • The Wind of Change
  • Living on a Prayer
  • Janie's Got a Gun
  • We Didn't Start the Fire
  • That Chumbawumba song
  • Emotion (Destiny's Child)
  • Breakfast at TIffany's (humor me)

The list could go on and on but I'll spare you - and open up the gate for some further one hit wonder suggestions* for a successful, cheesy run.

*Okay, so I know that most of the bands listed above were not one hit wonders, but they kind of were for me, as I never held much interest in the actual bands or albums outside those specific songs. I do welcome real one hit wonders- the trouble with songs only listened to on the radio is that it's often hard to remember their names or who sung them.

Posted by callalillie at November 26, 2007 6:56 AM | Random , Running


Fabulous photo! (Is the police tape for the stink-o gingko berries?)

One-hit wonders? Try going to One Hit Wonder Central.

It's all about "Macarena" and "Mambo No. 5" for me...

Posted by: Jen at November 26, 2007 2:59 PM

Good call on Wind of Change.

Posted by: lesterhead at November 26, 2007 3:58 PM

1) Thank you for putting We Didn't Start the Fire in my head. All. Day. Long.
2) I expect to be hearing Living on a Prayer live. You are welcome to join me if you like. My company has free tickets for Bon Jovi at the United Center here in Chicago on 2/24. Apparently, I can't PAY Greg to go with me.

Posted by: kar at November 26, 2007 6:42 PM

Kar- Remember when we had a sleepover for you ninth birthday and we listened to Slippery When Wet over and over again while running around the house? I just remembered that.

Posted by: corie at November 26, 2007 6:52 PM

1) Two Princes (or Little Miss Can't be Wrong) - Spin Doctors
2) But Anyway (or Hook) - Blues Traveller
3) Right Now - Van Halen
4) Cannonball - Breeders
5) Come Out and Play - The Offspring
6) Hey Jealously - Gin Blossoms
7) MmmmBop -Hanson
8) Mother Mother - Tracy Bonham
9)Santa Monica - Everclear
10) Semi Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind

Posted by: dave at November 26, 2007 8:10 PM

loving the chumbawumba and breakfast at tiffany's.

and i just read your comment and realized you are still in touch with someone you knew when you were 9.

that is SO COOL OKAY. i'm not really friends with anyone i was friends with at the age of 9. haha. i am a bit envious!

Posted by: seton at November 26, 2007 11:08 PM

Hmmm... I always thought it was my 13th. My memory of the occasion is slightly different. I have a vivid image of listening (read: screaming along)to Living on a Prayer while jumping up and down on the couches and throwing stuffed animals across the room. I also know I sang the wrong words: "...doesn't make a difference if we're naked or not!"

Posted by: kar at November 27, 2007 10:46 AM

PS I second Santa Monica and Semi Charmed Life.

Posted by: kar at November 27, 2007 10:49 AM

The ultimate one hit wonder, and great for running to - My Sharona by The Knack!

Posted by: discostu at November 27, 2007 5:56 PM

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