walking tunes – oldies
I always have to sing in my head when walking or running, because:
- my walking tunes (and all my music, in fact) are on my iPod (yup, as are my audiobooks. Old school, but huge capacity.) –headphones required.
- I use the c25k app on my phone, and I’m simply lost without the encouragement and timing prompts it gives me–headphones also required.
So unless i have one earbud in one ear and one in the other, and wires flopping all over the place, I have to sing in my head to keep running funner* and more rhythmic. A favorite of mine is Supertramp’s “Dreamer,” one of many walking tunes you can easily mentally adjust to your current pace. (Check out an excellent Roger Hodgson version HERE.) But there are only so many “Come on and dream, dream alongs” that I can do.
Solution: brilliant! Start putting exercise music on the iphone! My phone is a little anemic, available spacewise, so i’m in walking/running song rotation mode.
The following suggested walking tunes from the 70s were curated by me from Top 100 Walking Songs of the 1970s. You may note that these are only from the early 70s; toward the middle somewhere music began to tank. I’m not the only one with this opinion. but if you are motivated by disco, those songs definitely have the right rhythm.
By the way. The fact that I used the term ‘opinion’ above shows how I’ve evolved into a (somewhat) more open-minded person over the years.
- “The Tears of a Clown” – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
- “Spirit in the Sky” – Norman Greenbaum
- “All Right Now” – Free
- “Cecilia” – Simon & Garfunkel
- “Make Me Smile” – Chicago
- “Draggin’ the Line” – Tommy James
- “Saturday in the Park” – Chicago
- “Doctor My Eyes” – Jackson Browne
- “Listen to the Music” – The Doobie Brothers
- “Ramblin’ Man” – The Allman Brothers Band
- “Living for the City” – Stevie Wonder
I’ll rotate my choices to the 80s next; or maybe the 60s.
Walk tall, friends.
*wordpress dictionary did not flag this as a misspelling or a grammar error [do i need a comma here?] so i’m keeping it that way.