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The modern-day mix tape is dead to me.  I find myself thinking of playlists on a COMPLETELY different level than I did when everything had to fit into the rationed time of the CD I was burning, and I’m not even going to mention cassette (so as not to date myself.)  I don’t know how much time I would spend contemplating what song would get the axe in order to cut the length of play time for the perfect playlist.  Well, screw that.  Let’s just go with the wanton ideology that quantity IS quality when it comes to music! 

With an MP3 in hand, in car, in dock… I am pretty much listening to music ALL day.  Shuffle rules the roost when I’m all by my lonesome, but with different friends and functions you need different atmosphere music.  Different strokes for different folks.  So I have devised a new plan for the playlists I force-feed down my friends throats… 60-100 track playlists.  I know, I’m sorry guys.  I’m forceful, I’m much too musically snobbish, and above all, I’m vocal about why I love the music I love.  But it’s fun right??? 🙂

In a social setting of a few hours and no limitations,  I have created a two for one system that I love!  Being an avid runner, and an audiophile, I usually set up 10-20 high tempo or lyrically interesting songs at the beginning of every playlist to listen to during my workouts… and then in a social situation I put the whole list on shuffle instead.

So without further ado, I present the Sodapop and Ponyboy playlist… because I’ve always been captivated by ‘the Oldies’.  AND YES I KNOW THESE ARE NOT ALL SONGS FROM THE 50’s, but it’s MY playlist, so shut it.

Gimme Some Lovin’ – The Spencer Davis Group
Here Comes My Baby – Cat Stevens
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
You Don’t Mess Around With Jim – Jim Croce
Runaround Sue – Dion Runaround Sue
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
Gloria – Them
Do You Love Me – Contours
Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
What’d I Say – Ray Charles
I Put a Spell On – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Tales of Brave Ulysses – Cream
Eric Clapton – Backtrackin’
Making Time – The Creation
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley  
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
Down In Mexico –  The Coasters
Don’t You Just Know It – Huey “Piano” Smith
Maybellene – Johnny Rivers
Nothin’ in the World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl – The Kinks
The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin 
Hardest Geometry Problem in the World – Mark Mothersbaugh
A Change Is Gonna Come – Otis Redding
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long – Otis Redding
Staggolee – Pacific Gas & Electric
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – Paul Simon
The Right Time – Ray Charles
What’d I Say – Ray Charles
I Am Waiting – The Rolling Stones
Cupid – Sam Cooke
Lil’ Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs
I’m the wolf – Howlin’ Wolf     
Smokestack Lightin – Howlin’ Wolf     
House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
The Wind – Cat Stevens
A Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy
Chain of Fools – Aretha Fools
You Don’t Mess Around with Jim – Jim Croce
Lean On Me – Bill Withers
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Rockin’ Robin – Bobby Day
Come Go With Me – The Del Viking
Mona Lisa – Carl Mann
Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals
Sea of Love – Cat Power
This Magic Moment – The Drifters
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
Run Through the Jungle – Creedence Clearwater Revival  
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Stood Up – Ricky Nelson
Crocodile Rock – Elton John
Your Song – Elton John
Ooh la La – Faces  
The Red Rooster – Howlin’ Wolf
Catfish Blues – Jimi Hendrix
Coffee for Mama – Lightnin’ Hopkins  
These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra    
Superstition – Stevie Wonder  
We Can Work It Out – Stevie Wonder
A Place In the Sun – Stevie Wonder  
Baby Workout – Jackie Wilson
Got to be Free – The Kinks
See See Rider – the Animals
El Paso – Marty Robbins
Oh Yoko – John Lennon

Waking up at 6am every weekday is for the birds! I miss the freedom and privilege (that not everyone has) of sleeping in until 8:45-9am on Wed and Thur. ***disclaimer*** If you are a teenager, or for that matter, an adult that sleeps past 1pm for ANY other reason besides working 2nd or 3rd shift… then GROW UP! You’re missing the whole day! 😉

Today was like any other ‘wake up early, take the kids to school, and go run day’. I got to press the snooze button one extra time (on top of the normal 3 times.) Because I don’t really care to be THAT girl that takes a shower to go work out. Then I washed my face, brushed my teeth, and realized I better go play tooth fairy before Lathan woke up and I blew the lid off of the whole horrendous lie that parents have been keeping up with for decades.

Luckily, the tooth fairy snuck in and out without being detected… and mommy had the boys dressed, fed, and their teeth and hair brushed before I even realized it was raining.

RAIN?! I live in the world of Sara’s plans don’t get ruined by anyone or anything… and rain was not in my plans to go to the park and have a nice beautifully sunny 3 mile run in the cool breeze of the early morning. And I don’t have the ability to turn back time in order to NOT press snooze 4 times, wake up, take a shower and get ready. BOO. I called Peter and said, “WHY IS IT RAINING PETER?! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO GO RUN?”

“Why don’t you run in the rain, it’s just sprinkling.”

Duh…you’re so smart honey. Why didn’t that occur to me? I guess I had thought about it. Or maybe my thoughts were along the lines of sitting in my car until the rain stopped, and THEN running.

Long story short, I ran in the rain. And it was awesome! I tucked my iPod under my shirt after a made an invigorating playlist, and then I was off! Holdin’ steady at 3 miles in 20 minutes!

Sara’s Running Playlist:
(In the order in which they were played today: RANDOM)

1) Dan Auerbach- I Want Some More: killer beat, with a foreboding I’m gonna kick some ass feel to it.
2) The Black Keys- I Got Mine: think I might get burnt out on this one soon… only because I have put it on every single playlist I’ve made since I got it. Yeah, it’s THAT GOOD! Plus the beat is so strong it actually makes you feel like it’s willing your legs to propel your body faster and harder.
3) Talking Heads- Slippery People: best running song of ALL TIME! I don’t think the Talking Heads will ever get boring to me, they always sound new and fresh, and different… and with lyrics like “We’re gonna move… RIGHT NOW! Turn like a wheel inside a wheel!” AND a minute and a half of insanely fast paced percussion at the end??? Seriously!? Who are these guys! I love you!
4) Matt and Kim- Daylight: Yes, this is the song featured in the Bacardi commercial… and you know what? I DON’T CARE! I still think it’s cool regardless of it’s commerciality! It’s got a killer hook that makes me actually bob my head like a moron while I’m running… that, and I sing the only word of the chorus that I know after humming the rest, “hmm, hmm, hmm, hum hmmm DAYLIGHT! Hmm, hmm, hum…”
5) M Ward- Chinese Translation: this is a beautiful folk type song with great progressive harmonies. It helps me to calm down my breathing and to focus on the task at hand. Great for the nightmarish hills. I need everything I can muster… because those are the places I like to push myself harder. (ie: inclines, sunny areas… I try to run faster and harder… to be done with them sooner!)

Not Played Today:
Talking Heads- Road To Nowhere
The Black Keys- Strange Times (killer running song too)
Mean Monsoon- Dan Auerbach
Van Morrison- Into the Mystic
Dire Straits- Sultans of Swing