It’s My Ride – I Won’t Quit, Cause I Want More
It’s 2:30A and I am wide awake. What I really want to do is go back to sleep but I know myself too well. I’ll lay here for an hour or so and not fall asleep until about 4A which typically would be okay but I really want to go to the gym and Spin at 5:30A. If I don’t get up it will not happen and I really want to listen to your music and finalize our RockNYC Spinning Mix. Three personal Spin sessions; 220 songs; filtered down to 37 songs -> 15 of my top picks. Here you go!
Titanium – David Guetta feat. Sia: This song has a pretty interesting history. Sia Furler is an Australian pop singer songwriter whose music was discovered by David Guetta, French DJ and music producer, online. Titanium was written by Sia, Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort (Dutch composer and producer) and Afrojack (Dutch music producer and DJ) – talk about a worldly song. Sia originally wrote the song with Alicia Keyes in mind but offered it to Katy Perry who turned it down because she didn’t want to work with David Guetta. Sia recorded a demo of the song which was sent to Mary J. Blige whose version was leaked online. Guetta decided to stay with Sia’s version. The song was pulled off radio stations in the U.S. after the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings because of the word bulletproof. Titanium has lyrics about inner strength and is a perfect out-of-the-gate song for a Spin warm-up. 4:05
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris: a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter and Feel So Close his second song to hit the U.S. Billboard 100 (Rihanna, We Found Love 1st). Here is a portion of Robert Copsey’s, London music critic, review: “… lyric-less chorus of squawking electronic sirens and crazy synths bound around like a bucking bronco at a Texas rodeo rave.” If it can be compared to a bucking Bronco it is certainly a good pick for Spinning. 3:27
Let the Groove Get In – Justin Timberlake: I have a handful of friends whom I share an intensity for exercise (and a fondness for JT). Ashley, a friend from Atlanta, is another badass athlete. Remember a run we took on a beach in Charleston, SC. It was one of those runs where you can go on forever … and we were booking it. Let the Groove Get In Are you comfortable, right there right there, Let the Groove Get In, feel it there right there, Let the Groove Get In right there right there … is a great third song. My heart rate is comfortably elevated. The song is fun and groovy. On the dance floor I would enjoy all 7:12 but for Spinning 4:00 will do.
Wake Up – AWOLNATION: Founder, Aaron Bruno, was nicknamed ‘Awol’ because he left school without saying goodbye. When he formed his own band he decided to use his high school moniker. Megalithic Symphony is the debut album. AWOLNATION was submitted by a guy I met in a bar – not really. Blane is a bartender at my favorite restaurant in Westport, MA (The Back Eddy). Overheard him talking about working out with another customer so, of course, I asked him about his workout music of choice (Slightly Stooped, Pepper, Firm, Nas and AWOLNATION). What I love about getting bands rather than songs is not only my exposure to new music but I can select the songs. Men definitely listen to music woman typically wouldn’t choose. Wake Up is a great song to kick it into second gear. While I don’t really like alternating standing/sitting during Spin classes it is really good for your core. Turned up the resistance and climbed standing during the lyrics and a seated climb during the chorus. My heart rate is elevated … Take some time to breathe, Let’s take some time to breathe … 3:03
Beam Me Up – CAZZETTE: song by Swedish DJ duo, Alexander Bjorklund and Sebastian Furrer, whose average age is 22. The slower start is perfect to catch my breath before turning up the resistance into a standing climb with chorus and seated climb with slower beat. … diamond clouds, I think we’re getting closer, don’t stop now, off the ground, higher than a supernova … A blindingly bright star bursts into view in a corner of the night sky – it wasn’t there just a few hours ago, but now it burns like a beacon. That bright star isn’t actually a star, at least not anymore. The brilliant point of lights is the explosion of a star that has reached the end of its life, otherwise known as supernova. Supernovas can briefly outshine entire galaxies and radiate more energy than our sun will in its entire lifetime. Source: Space.com 3:24
Hello Good Morning – Diddy/Dirty Money: Hello … Hello, good morning, how you doin’ with the move here? Welcome to the future, I’m the captain of the cool kids, The revolution’s never been televised, Great booty, better thighs … that’s the whole point – standing climb! 4:29
My Body – Young the Giant: This song was submitted by my brother Patrick. If you have never worked out to this song before I highly recommend it. It is FANTASTIC! I’m in a standing climb for the duration of the song and … My body tells me no, But I won’t quit, Cause I want more, Cause I want more, My body tells me no, But I won’t quit, Cause I want more … It’ my road, it’s my road, it’s my road … 4:29
Hypnotize – The Notorious B.I.G.: Well, after getting my heart rate elevated for the past 16:30 I need a song that makes me smile. Or does it? The lyrics are crazy and funny. Poppa been smooth since the days of underoos … Timbs for my hooligans in Brooklyn. What are timbs (shortened version of Timberlands)? Every cutie wit a booty bought a Coogi. What the hell is a Coogi (colorful knitwear worn by Bill Cosby and B.I.G)? Christopher Lattore Robert Wallace’s father left when he was two and mother worked two jobs, was an intelligent kid but started selling drugs at age 12, dropped out of school at age 17 and became more heavily involved in crime. He excelled at writing in school and obviously as a Hip Hop artist. Dead at 25. Notorious. The reality of Rap/Hip Hop (what’s the difference) is something I don’t like but, I take it for what is – entertainment. 3:50
Sunshine (Edit) – David Guetta: Collaboration between Guetta and Aviici. Good chill song for a seated climb. Heart rate still up but moderately. 3:52
Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones: Sometimes a girl just wants to ROCK & ROLL!! It was interesting reading the commentary on the song’s meaning. Vietnam War is obvious but some thought just a shot away was a reference to heroine usage while others thought it was about the fragility of life. Just a kiss away was said to be about peace. In the end, it’s about survival, right? Standing climb. 4:31
Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins: are my favorite lyrics in this group. Time is never time at all, You can never ever leave without leaving a piece of youth, And our lives are forever changed, We will never be the same, … Believe, believe in me, believe, that life can change, that you’re not stuck in vain, … Tonight, so bright, tonight … Seated climb. 4:15
Free Spirit – araabMUZIK: aka Abraham Orellana (age 24) is an American record producer from Providence, RI, became popular for his use of an MPC (Music Production Center) drum machine which gives it that super quick clicking (drumming) sound. It’s nice to zone out to this trance-like music after the intense part of my workout. Fast pedal. 3:02
Hey Eugene – Pink Martini: I love this song! It’s like having a piece of pecan pie after a workout (456 calories per slice!). Pink Martini was submitted by high school friend, Jonathan. Hey Eugene was one I selected. It’s a fun song to cool down. It’s as though I’m listening to a story a friend is telling a younger me about her escapades from the night before. Pink Martini has a pretty interesting start. Thomas Lauderdale, an aspiring politician, was underwhelmed with music played at political events so he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994.
One Day – Matisahyu: Matthew Paul Miller known by his Hebrew name Matisahyu (Gift of God) is known for blending traditional Jewish music with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds. My White Plains, NY friends may find it interesting that he attended WPHS before being shipped off to Oregon to help conquer a drug addiction. Upon his return, he began studying the Jewish religion more intently. Faith is a powerful thing. Sometimes I lay under the moon, And thank God I’m breathing, Then I pray, Don’t take me soon, ‘Cause I am here for a reason. Cool down. 3:28
Let the Riverrun – Carly Simon: is a song featured from the 1988 film Working Girl. It was the first of only two songs to win all three awards (Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy). Simon was inspired by reading the script and the poetry of Walt Whitman. Let the river run, Let all the dreamers wake the nation, Come the new Jerusalem. Cool down. 3:16
Take it for a Spin. Enjoy.