Music is everything to me. It’s rare that I do anything without it. It’s my largest motivator, and apparently I’m not the only one. More …
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Music is everything to me. It’s rare that I do anything without
It’s my largest motivator, and apparently I’m not the only one.
More athletes than not use music to amp themselves up before their
games or matches.
It’s usually something I ask when I’m doing a feature on one of
the athletes in the area. I like to ask anyone I’m writing about if
he or she has any pre-game rituals, and most commonly, that person
will say “listen to music to get pumped up.”
The types of music answered have varied, as I’ve asked over the
years, “What kind of music?” Screamo, hip-hop and metal have all
been answers. Although being a longtime metal-head, when a kid says
he listens to metal and then uses Red Jumpsuit Apparatus as an
example, I have to cringe. RJA is rock, not metal.
If you go to any high school wrestling dual or especially a big
tournament, you won’t find a grappler without ear buds in and
looking stoic. Probably cause the music their listening too is
getting them ready for “battle.”
For myself, I’ve used music to motivate my own workouts greatly.
So, since I consider myself such an aficionado of the art, I have a
few suggestions of what music one could use given the appropriate
When I do weight training, I basically stick to the hard stuff.
Not quite Black Dahlia Murder hard, but I’ve created a play list of
Five Finger Death Punch and Otep. Driving guitars, double bass
drums, great vocals, some screaming, but it only helps. The subject
matter is also great from 5FDP. A lot of their lyrics are bitter
and angry, obviously, some of which I tend to identify with
heavily. Otep is more of a metal-rap mix with a gorgeous
lead-singer who screams stronger than many guys.
When I go running, I like to keep it hard, but not brutal. Since
when I run, I’m trying to focus on a rhythm, I use a lot of music
that is a mix of rap and hip-hop. Rage Against the Machine is a
perfect example. An older band Biohazard is a good one to use too.
There’s actually a new band I was referred to recently, called
Street Sweeper Social Club, with Tom Morello, from Rage Against the
Machine, and rapper Boots Riley that is perfect for running.
Of course anything danceable is perfect for running or any
rhythmic exercise. Flo Rida and Lady Gaga are a help for me if I
feel like straying from my metal preferences. Sometimes, if I’m
determined to go running outside and there’s a bunch of snow on the
ground, I like playing any of the songs from the motion picture
Rocky IV. It makes me think of that 1980s-cinema montage where we
see Rocky training in the outdoor elements of Russia.
As I started to think about what artists get me going for
workouts and such, I thought it’d be fun to extend my
Cleaning. I think most contemporary blues is an awesome
underscore for cleaning at home, particularly the kitchen. Jonny
Lang, John Mayer — his blues stuff, not the pop stuff — and Blues
Traveler are my personal favorites to spin when it’s time to clean
behind the fridge or vacuum under the sofa. Let’s face it. Who
doesn’t want to sing the blues when their cleaning?
Church. Most Sunday services are loaded with music. Why not get
a head start in the car? Personally, I still like to stay in a rock
frame of mind, so Creed, Flyleaf, Foolish Things, Thousand Foot
Crutch would be on my pre-church play list. If you really want to
be defiant, a little Slayer could slip in there.
How about when the kids have gone to bed? I bet almost everyone
has a preference of music to put on the soundtrack to their
bedrooms. I’ve got suggestions, but I’m not sharing them, cause
someone may actually use it and accidentally think of me at an
Anyways, I’d love to hear what music people use to do what,
particularly when working out or before competition. Maybe there’s
a band or artist out there I don’t know about who would be perfect
when its time to scrub the bathtub.
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