It’s no secret that the iPod and MP3 players in general have become quite an important part of many people’s running experience. I, myself, have never been one to run with music …until now.
My wife bought me an iPod Shuffle for Christmas, and I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I grew to love running with it (it’s so small!). I don’t run with it every time, but it really ads an extra …dimension to my runs when I do bring it along. There’s a great line in the August Rush trailer that seems very appropriate when it comes to us runners sharing the soundtracks of our lives. In the clip, Robin Williams says:
Do you know what music is? Harmonic connection between all living things.
Very poetic, don’t you think? Well, I’m here to share a harmonic connection with you. But first, I think I need to share a bit about the technology I used to do it.
There are quite a few music networking sites on the web. Probably the most famous one is Last.fm. Last.fm has some really amazing sharing features. It’s truly astounding how quickly you can stumble on, and share so much music. But I warn you – it’s addictive. And part of the addiction stems from one feature – embeddable playlists you can put into a blog post or sidebar.
There are other music sharing sites but none – in my opinion – are as cool as Last.fm. Well, none except one – Imeem. Imeem doesn’t have as much going on as Last.fm but I think Imeem’s playlists are way cool so that’s why I’m using Imeem for mine.
I love a variety of music. I grew up on Heavy Metal and 80’s music but I also love Jazz and classical. Heck, I even like some country music (wink). Today I’d like to share some movie score music. Scores always touch me in a special way, and I’ve found running to them to be wonderfully inspiring. They are amazing harmonic backdrops. Some are peaceful and lyrical. Some are upbeat and joyful. And others are pounding and forceful (perfect for those hard, tempo runs).
What do you run to? Share your playlists by leaving me a comment below. Just let me know that you have a playlist you’d like to share, and I’ll get in touch with you and arrange to share it with our readers!
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy mine.
Credit for this terrific idea goes to Old School Runner (turns out he’s not so “Old School” after all!).