Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Cheesy yet inspirational songs

The problem with being away from the blog for a week is that the post ideas pile up....will try not to overwhelm y'all with posts tonight.

So the other day during my workout, I was listening to my normal workout mix, and one of the songs that came up in the mix was "Mama Said Knock You Out", by LL Cool J. Now, I'm not a really big fan of rap, but I LOVE this song. For one, it really conveys the feeling of a boxing match---the beat, the music, the frantic pace of the words. For that reason, it's a great workout song (I sometimes have to restrain myself from throwing a few shadow punches in time to the music!). The lyrics talk about power: you say you can beat me, you belittle what I can do, but I'll show you. "I'm gonna knock you out!" And sometimes, when I'm really feeling powerless, listening to that song helps me get out of my funk: hey, Life! you think you can beat me down? well, I've got news for you: I'm going to prevail! I think of it as my inspirational/empowering song. Cheesy, yes, but effective.

What's *your* cheesy yet inspirational song?

10 comments:

Doctor Free-Ride, Ph.D. said...

Abba's "Waterloo". Can't resist smiling (and bouncing up and down) when I hear it.

JP said...

I always listen to books on tape when at the gym... It keeps my mind off the fact that I'm working out

New Kid on the Hallway said...

I have to confess that "Jesse's Girl" by Rick Springfield always has a cheering effect on me. ;-)

Zuska said...

"Into the Groove" by Madonna. Also "Vogue". Pretty much any of her real dancy disco-y tunes. Yeah! And you can dance! For inspiration!

Uh...got carried away.

Astroprof said...

I also like books on tape. When feeling down, just closing my eyes and listening to a good novel is relaxing. When working out, I like something upbeat.

Jane said...

hee hee...one of my college friends would always lapse into a loud and sometimes on-key version of Jesse's Girl when drunk. Ah, memories!

and, embarrassingly, I used to know (most of) the moves to Vogue.

This is a fun thread!

Anonymous said...

When I really need a lift, I listen to Tubthumping by Chumbawamba. When I'm feeling angry, it's Joan Jett, singin "Bad Reputation."

Anonymous said...

For peppy energy, "Birdland" as played by Maynard Ferguson, or Santana's "Everybody's Everything".

For determination... "Go Down Gamblin'" by Blood, Sweat, and Tears; "System of Survival" by Earth, Wind, and Fire; Angelique Kidjo's "Shango".

Turtle said...

Uh, "Back in Black" or "Hell's Bells" by AC/DC...

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