I apologize to my fan for my lack of posting of late, but I've been wrapping up my annual month-long birthday celebration!
....okay, I'll admit it. I've been lazy. Blog lazy, at least! I have been working on three major projects of late:
1) cleaning up after the ferrets (GROSS!!! GROOOSSSSSS!!!!!!!! Did nobody think to remind me of how disgusting ferret poo is?!??!?! GROOOOOSSSSS!!!!!),
2) bringing my car back and forth to the shop (check engine light is STILL on! FAH!) and
3) alphabetizing a list of 35 pages (that's 35 pages in Garamond font; size: 10) worth of song names that I'd cut and pasted from a thread on the Runner's World Website after I typed "best songs to run to" into Google. I ended up with 20 pages after eliminating the dups and most of the rap, hip-hop, 80's hair bands, country, and SLASHMETAL!!! that many people seem to enjoy running to.
Now, I'll admit, I love me some (stress: "some") Kid Rock, and I do love a lot of Ministry's stuff, Oh! and Drowning Pool! but about 99.999998% of SLASHMETAL!!!!! is little more than screaming long-haireds to me.
The (700 or so) songs I didn't know on this cut-and-paste list I looked up on YouTube (shows you what all I got going on round here). I listened to 10-30 seconds of each song to get the idea of whether it warranted another listen, or I could strike it from the list.
After maybe 10 minutes of YouTube-ing, I realized two things: 1) it's really freaking quiet around here, and 2) I could immediately tell if it was going to be a HIP-HOP song (very scantily-clad women oooooohing into the camera),
RAP (very scantily-clad women dancing and grinding around a fully-to-overdressed dude),
Country (not-as-scantily scantily-clad woman with long blonde curly hair; or a dude wearing a cowboy hat and boots, jeans, and a flannel shirt),
(or Jessica Simpson posing as a country artist):
SLASHMETAL!!!!!(long-haired topless or t-shirted sweaty dudes with their mouths open as WIIIIIIIIIIIIDE as possible in the effort to curdle your blood with their shrieks from HEEELLLLLLL!!!! Or a picture of a skull. Or the picture of the band's album cover because there was no video for the song or footage of the band to post along with the music).
It was all I could do not to hit "pause" and type in the next song name as soon as I saw...well, any of these. But I listened to each of them for as long as it took to get a really good feel for the song, and I was surprised to find I knew or at least was intrigued enough by some of them to mark them down for a second listen.
Stress "some of them," but still...
The ones I tended to like right off had an industrial-goth feel to them - from super-heavy (Ministry) to creepy-quiet (NIN Ghosts). The breakdown of the ones that made the list: About 2/3 industrial and techno; and the remaining 1/3 was mostly indie rock with some heavy metal and rap thrown in for flavah-flav (is he still around?). I do realize these are very general terms I'm using, but can't be bothered to learn the new lingo.
After going through the original 35-page list, well, there was a LOT of hard-core rap (like "SHIT! I hope nobody heard THAT!" kinda rap) and seriously hardcore heavy metal shreiking going on. My thumb and forefinger on my right hand are calloused from adjusting the volume on my speakers between Carrie Underwood and Sepultra, for example. Incubus, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Godsmack, and Mastadon were very strongly represented on this list. Therefore, I've come to the conclusion that many many runners are really angry people, and I'll be watching them warily from now on.
Unless Godsmack is playing through MY iPod speakers. Then I'll be challenging them with direct eye contact.
Once I can run more than a block without dying, of course.
What's on your playlist?