Music, podcasts, books – all great options in the background while I’m sewing or running. I grew up surrounded by music, mostly classical. My parents both played the piano and my dad loved listening to opera. I tried the piano, several times, and even got my Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 7 certificate, but I was just never comfortable playing in front of people. I was definitely not a natural! When we moved from Ontario to British Columbia in 2007 I donated our piano to the Conservatory to be used as a practice instrument.
In spite of, or maybe because of, my lack of musical skill, I love listening to all kinds of music. I have several playlists on my MacBook and I’m constantly updating my library with iTunes purchases. My choices include: gospel, country, oldies, movie tunes, rock and classical. Some of my current faves are: Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, The National, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. On the iPod are custom playlists with tempos for LSD – (Long, Slow, Distance) – runs and for faster runs. Truckin‘ by The Grateful Dead and Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf can really help the legs turn over faster, as can Lose Yourself my Eminem. Nothing like a little angry rap music to speed things up!
So, here’s one of those questions that I both love and hate. (love because it makes me stop and think, but hate because it’s so hard) If you could choose only 10 songs to listen to, what would they be? Here’s my list, in no particular order:
- Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
- Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel
- We Shall Overcome by Pete Seeger
- Lose Yourself by Eminem
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones
- Sacrifice by Elton John
- Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
- This Love by Taylor Swift
- Will You Be There by Michael Jackson
- Messiah by Handel
Like I said, my choices are mixed! What would you have on your top ten list? Care/dare to share?
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