Thursday, November 17, 2011

"i know the power of a song when a song hits you right"....david nail

"don't ask what the world needs.  ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  because what the world needs is people who have come  alive."  
~h. thurman

when i run, i listen to music.  some people don't, but i do.  my friend, jen the runner posted a link to get free songs from subway and the biggest loser.  i checked it out and i emailed jen saying, 'i looked at the songs...if i told you what i run to, you wouldn't believe me.....' the songs vary in genre and also i try to change or add songs so i have something to look forward when i am hoofing it.  

 "music is moral law.  it gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."  
~ plato

so today i ran my first-ever 10 miler.  i listened to david nail and his new stellar second album, and i also listened to his fantastic first album because it's also stellar and when you run that long you have plenty of time for music.  aside from his wonderful voice, every song tells an impressively illustrated story and i can listen to them over and over again.  and then again. and again.  no joke.  this kind of listening drives jeff crazy.  it's a musical lather. rinse. repeat. repeat. repeat.  so when i am in my own little running world, there are times when i listen to the same song three or four times in a row.  oh, the therapy that comes with running.   the imagery evoked by these songs is a technicolor celebration in my brain.  

my favorites from the first album, i'm about to come alive, are:
red light 
looking for a good time (love this one, the beats per minute are in happy sync with my pace)
i'm about to come alive
this time around
turning home
let it rain
strangers on a train
summer job days

you can listen to samples here:

and my faves on the brand new album, the sounds of a million dreams are:
songs for sale
half mile hill
i thought you knew
catch me while you can
that's how i'll remember you
the sound of a million dreams ..."the power of a song when a song hits you right"
she rides away
grandpa's farm
let it rain
yay!  more listening...
every song that is on my favorites list.. i listen now as i write.   check it out for yourself. 

ok, so i also have some songs that have been on my shuffle since i started running two and a half years ago.  they are my go-to songs when i need a push or want to run like a bat out of hell at the end of the trotting trip.   i know who to call upon.   here are a few veteran songs and a couple newer ones:
never run without it
foo fighters...times like these
foo fighters....walk
martina mcbride...for these times
triumph...magic power
van halen...right now
van halen...5150
the music filling your brain while you run is so unique and personal (for me at least).  you may not give a crap what i listen to or you may be asking yourself how i can listen to certain songs while i run. my choices are probably more about the inspiration than anything else.  and this david nail singer songwriter guy from missouri is going someplace, mark my words.  he's on his way.....

and here you can watch one of the videos, turning home...

and by the way, if you watched game 7 of the world series, david nail sang god bless america during the seventh inning stretch.
from twitter, dn warming up in his native missouri

1 comment:

  1. Love it nik the medal wearer - I'm going to check out those songs right now!

    Congrats on ten miles - that's an accomplishment!!


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