I love music. Music helps me think, feel, breathe, live. When I need to focus on running, I listen. When I need to tune out distractions and write, I listen. When I need to relax, I listen.
I think of them as my Girl Power Songs, Bad-A Ballads, or Power Playlists.
My first pick is songs from The Matrix soundtrack. That is because The Matrix is my power movie. I watched at least a part of it in college, every day that I needed a boost. The music is no less empowering.
Second on my motivational music playlist is Evanescence. Amy Lee is my kind of singer, combining classical powerhouse with near-death metal grunge. This is the sort of song I know the words to and sing/yell along to every time.
Third brings us into the first of my adult choices. I listen to a variety of music, but only like a handful of rap. Maybe a few fingers-worth, actually. I’d be no sort of music-lover without Eminem’s “Mom’s Spaghetti”* making my list.
Not far behind is Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy.” Also not one I can turn up around the kids; it’s still one of my top motivational songs.
Last for this truncated list are dubstep playlists. I particularly love having a fast-paced final number for my last lap or final aerobics set. This remix of “Turn Down for What” is perfect for just that.
Do you listen to music when you need a boost? What are some of your upbeat favorites? Do you turn them up and yell along?
The following were written without the aid of music, due to the presence of small children:
Wednesday, July 31: Wrote “All We Are is Dollars in a Wallet.”
Thursday, August 1: Answered Mathew’s questions in “Another Liebster Thingie.”
Saturday, August 3: Announced the 37th Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest. The theme is a free verse of whatever subject you choose. PLEASE ENTER! Tell your friends! Tell your enemies!
Sunday, August 4: Shared Norah Colvin’s interview with me about school day reminiscences.
Also, “Song, For One,” in response to Carrot Ranch‘s prompt.
Monday, August 5: An inspirational quote by Neil Gaiman.
Tuesday, August 6: “Wilhelmina Winters, Ninety-Nine.”
Wednesday, August 7: Today.
*Yes, I know its real name is “Lose Yourself.”
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