I Find Myself Hard to Tolerate for Seven Whole Minutes, So You’re Not to Be Faulted for Skipping the Video and Just Going Straight to the Question; However, Skipping the Video Means You Will Not Be Hearing Styx Today–Unless You’re Humming ‘Babe, I’m Leaving/I Must Be On My Way’ As You Click Over to Another Blog


The upshot is this: I need to re-invigorate my Ipod playlist so that I am motivated to run faster than a snapping turtle whose feet are caught in a mixture of quicksand and molasses.

While you ponder what kind of evil genius stirred the molasses into that quicksand and then plunked a turtle into the whole thing, could you suggest a few get-up-and-go songs?




30 responses to “I Find Myself Hard to Tolerate for Seven Whole Minutes, So You’re Not to Be Faulted for Skipping the Video and Just Going Straight to the Question; However, Skipping the Video Means You Will Not Be Hearing Styx Today–Unless You’re Humming ‘Babe, I’m Leaving/I Must Be On My Way’ As You Click Over to Another Blog”

  1. Green Girl in Wisconsin Avatar
    Green Girl in Wisconsin

    Have you tried The Ramones? They’ve never failed me. Oddly, ABBA has the same effect.

  2. Sunflower56 Avatar

    This was a fun blog – thanks for taking us on a walk with a beautiful view of Lake Superior!

    Reggae, Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt are all welcome artists for me when I'm running and on a shuffle setting. In addition, although I think I'm a bit older than you, I've got a playlist of songs from my high school years (1970-74) that someone put together for us all for our 30th reunion and I find its a great mix to have to choose for a run since it triggers all sorts of memories and feelings of being age 14-18 while making me feel that age physically again too to give me that extra boost while I too, slog along at my slow running pace. Not sure how my era's set would strike you, but perhaps a set from your high school years would work for you?

    I don't know if blogger will let me paste this much, or if you really would want to see the whole list, but maybe you have some readers who'd enjoy looking at this random list of hits from 70-74. 116 songs, which means an average of 29 hits/year, 2.5 per month. I wonder, are there that many memorable hits per month coming out these days for current high schoolers?

    Sweet Emotion, Aerosmith
    Walk This Way, Aerosmith
    Let's Stay Together, Al Green
    School's Out, Alice Cooper
    Ventura Highway, America
    A Horse With No Name, America
    Tin Man, America
    Until You Come Back to Me, Aretha Franklin
    Bad Company, Bad Company
    Ready for Love, Bad Company
    No Matter What, Badfinger
    Gonna Love You a Little More, Barry White
    Me and Mrs. Jones, Billy Paul
    You're So Vain, Carley Simon
    Wild World, Cat Stevens
    Give Me Just a Little More Time, Chairman of the Board
    25 or 6 to 4, Chicago
    Colour My World, Chicago
    Precious and Few, Climax
    Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Marakesh Express, Crosby, Stills & Nash
    Helplessly Hoping, Crosby, Stills & Nash
    Freddie's Dead, Curtis Mayfield
    Space Oddity, David Bowie
    Rock On, David Essex
    Bell Bottom Blues, Derek and the Dominos
    Touch Me in the Morning, Diana Ross
    Vincent, Don McClean
    Cover of the Rolling Stone, Dr. Hook
    Tell Her She's Lovely, El Chicano
    Showdown, Electric Light Orchestra
    Come Down in Time, Elton John
    Your Song, Elton John
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
    From the Beginning, Emerson, Lake and Palmer
    Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, Gladys Knight
    Radar Love, Golden Earring
    If You Don't Know Me By Now, Harold Melvin
    Without You, Harry Nillson
    Coconut, Harry Nillson
    Shaft Theme, Isaac Hayes
    Who's That Lady?, Isley Brothers
    Doctor My Eyes, Jackson Browne
    Fire and Rain, James Taylor
    You've Got a Friend, James Taylor
    Cross Eyed Mary, Jethro Tull
    Locomotive Breath, Jethro Tull
    Operator, Jim Croce
    Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce
    #9 Dream, John Lennon
    Mind Games, John Lennon
    Imagine, John Lennon
    Help Me, Joni Mitchell
    Dust in the Wind, Kansas
    Dancin' in the Moonlight, King Harvest
    Rock and Roll, Led Zeppelin
    Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin
    Going to California, Led Zeppelin
    Do You Know What I Mean, Lee Michaels
    Lady Blue, Leon Russell
    You're No Good, Linda Ronstadt
    Broadcast: Munich Olympic Tragedy, Live News Reel
    Broadcast: Nixon Resigns, Live News Reel
    Brighter Days, Loggins & Messina
    Brandy, Looking Glass
    Love Theme, Love Unlimited Orchestra
    Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Gimme Three Steps, Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Midnight at the Oasis, Maria Muldaur
    Mercy, Mercy Me, Marvin Gaye
    Ohio, Neil Young
    The Loner, Neil Young
    Money, Pink Floyd
    Come and Get Your Love, Redbone
    Maggie May, Rod Stewart
    True Blue, Rod Stewart
    Summer Breeze, Seals and Crofts
    Diamond Girl, Seals and Crofts
    Family Affair, Sly & The Family Stone
    Stuck in the Middle, Stealers Wheel
    Rikki Don't Lost That Number, Steely Dan
    Reeling in the Years, Steely Dan
    The Joker, Steve Miller Band
    Living for the City, Stevie Wonder
    Golden Lady, Stevie Wonder
    Lady, Styx
    Green Eyed Lady, Sugarloaf
    School, Supertramp
    Bloody Well Right, Supertramp
    Melissa, The Allman Brothers Band
    The Long and Winding Road, The Beatles
    Ride Captain Ride, The Blues Image
    Oh, Girl, The Chi-Lites
    The Love We Had, The Dells
    Listen To The Music, The Doobie Brothers
    Long Train Runnin', The Doobie Brothers
    Touch Me, The Doors
    Take it Easy, The Eagles
    Desperado, The Eagles
    Frankenstein, The Edgar Winter Group
    American Woman, The Guess Who
    The Air That I Breathe, The Hollies
    Angie, The Rolling Stones
    Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker), The Rolling Stones
    Brother Louie, The Stories
    Behind Blue Eyes, The Who
    We Won't Get Fooled Agaiin, The Who
    Get Together, The Youngbloods
    Still in Love with You, Thin Lizzy
    Joy To The World, Three Dog Night
    We Gotta Get You a Woman, Todd Rundgren
    Hello, It's Me, Todd Rundgren
    Roundabout, Yes

  3. Anonymous Avatar

    Sunflower 56 needs her own page, for me, I”m just saying, nothing beats running to some power girl power songs:

    Kelly Clarkson, Since You’ve Been Gone

    P!nk, Who Knew?

    Enough from me.

  4. kmkat Avatar

    Okay, you had me in stitches with this one. “Perhaps there should be medication for that?” Priceless.

    You may get a couple new hits — I’m gonna link to this so more people can enjoy this day brightener.

  5. Kirsten Avatar

    I can’t see any video..can you email it to me?
    Kelly Clarkson
    Pat Benatar
    The Go-Gos
    Avril Lavigne

  6. NeedleDancer Avatar

    what a great entry.

    I wish I had more ideas for music!

  7. lime Avatar

    OMG, I have a CD by the hothouse flowers! yes, i do. honest.

    i happen to love latin music, but it makes me wanna swivel my hips, not run.

    really nothing short of a charging bull makes me wanna run. i’m a plain trudging milk factory myself.

    but i walk, i walk fast. fast enough that some people think i am running, but i avoid that whole bouncy runny thing because basically i don’t want to wind up with black eyes and bruises on my kneecaps. but i digress…

    ok, ok, so what works when i walk? van halen, black eyed peas, ben harper (he’s very eclectic i am sure something of his would appeal to you), santana, prince, for contemplative but well paced ottmar liebert is nice (nuevo flamenco instrumental stuff)

  8. lime Avatar

    may i also say i am impressed that you could run and still have breathe to speak. if it were me doing the video it would have been 7 minutes of desperate panting followed by a thud as the ipod droned on in the camera

  9. citizen of the world Avatar
    citizen of the world

    I put my ipd on shuffle, too, but I have a tendency to skip songs I just don’t feel like at that moment.

  10. Nancy Avatar

    Hot N Cold by Katy Perry has added a bit of punch to my own running list.

  11. Jazz Avatar

    I’d love to help you out here, but like Lime, I don’t run. AND what’s on your iPod is so totally what would be on my iPod (and is on my CD player) if I had one that it’s freakish.

    Download some Marillion if it’s available. It’s probably not running music, but it’s damn good stuff. But I’m biased, ain’t i?

  12. Pam Avatar

    Hey! Nice glasses! Nice accent! I like the way you guys say “Hucks” for hawks, and “Wuckies” whereas we Australians would drawl out “Horrks” and “Waaawwwk-eyes”.When you picked up the pace with those Rio-somethings near the end, I just fell about laughing.I saw the film recently about the Pirate radio ship broacasting off the coast of England in the 60’s. That music was so uplifting!Yeah, yeah I was only a kid too!

  13. flutter Avatar

    Mad Season- Matchbox Twenty

  14. Wendy Avatar


  15. Voyager Avatar

    The one that gets me really going on a run is Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway”. If you want a little Canadian content on your I-pod.

  16. chelle Avatar

    HAHAHA You are awesome. My head is a really lively place too. ugh me nurse children while walking…HAHAHA!

    I love Gwen Stephani for running and white stripes.

    Hey I still have orange carpets in the basement ๐Ÿ˜›

    w00t Styx! That was 7 minutes well spent! See you can actually sing, if I sang while running it would be awful!

  17. Maddy Avatar

    I wish I had some helpful suggestions but I’m pretty out of touch and exist in surround sound of Mario tunes….took me back though with the hot house flowers and stevie windward………let me know what you come up with.

  18. phd in yogurtry Avatar
    phd in yogurtry

    Here is a list from my iPod (truth: sansung mp3 player .. only my kids can afford iPods, grr)

    Shakira: Hips Don’t Lie

    Jet: Are you gonna be my girl

    Will Smith: Get jiggy wit it

    Everything But (?): Missing (remix)

    Marky Mark: Good vibrations

    Stevie Ray Vaughn: Love Struck Baby

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Scar Tissue

    Janet Jackson: Nasty

    Salt ‘n Pepa: Pump up the Jam

    Salt ‘n Pepa: Push It

    M.C. Hammer: U Can’t Touch This

    Run DMC: Walk this way

    Tag Team: Whoomp. There is is

    Yaz with Alison Moyet: Only You (longtime favorite song)

    La Bouche: Be my lover

    Jellyhead: Crush

    Black Box: Everybody everybody

    Right Said Fred: Too sexy for my love (because it makes me smile)

    Cece Peniston: Finally (club mix)

    Fun Factory: I wanna be with you

    2 Unlimited: Get ready for this

    Kylie Minogue: Can’t get you out of my head

    John Lee Hooker: Catfish Blues

    Fine Young Cannibals: She drives me crazy

    Robin S: Show me love (club mix)

    Harold Melvin: The Love I lost

    Santana: Smooth

    Love Struck Baby, in my opinion, is the best song for jogging … or according to my leg rhythm and longterm memory because it’s been so long since I’ve moved at a pace fast enough to be called jogging.

  19. Karen MEG Avatar
    Karen MEG

    I picked a good day to read this…just when my knee is ready for the gym again *BAM* out goes my back. Not kidding.

    You look very hawt there in your jogging outfit and I am impressed, so impressed with your vlogging skills.

    So for your playlist, the only thing that comes to mind for me lately is Flo Rida, and only because he seems so good at sampling the tunes that were hits when I was young… and the irony is that I’ve always hated rap. And Lady GaGa. I’m channeling one of your students now…

    So I’ll just “sail away” with Styx, slow dancing in my imaginary high school gym…

  20. furiousBall Avatar

    The Angry Samoans. classics like Hitler’s Cock, You Stupid Asshole, Steakknife… 2 minutes of punk rock stupid

  21. Jeni Avatar

    I’m terrible about music -if I remember the name of a song, odds are, I won’t recall the artist or vice versa. But, back in my waitress days, when it would get really busy, some songs that I liked to hear because they seemed to inspire faster movement for me would be “Old Time Rock’n’Roll” or “Funky Town” too. Because my musical tastes are not just old, but often a pretty eclectic thing too, I’d tend to recommend songs by Johnny Cash as well as the Righteous Brothers and some Beetles as well as Rolling Stones. (One song, I’m pretty sure by the Stones’ -“I’m So Hot” if you really wanna speed things up a bit. Then, for a cool-down, maybe “Once In a Blue Moon” by some country artist whose name escapes me but I did have this on CD at some point in time. Or my all-time favorite song, which is, by the way, a great number to sing as a lullaby to a small male toddler -“I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy. Bound to inspire to something, don’t ‘cha think?

  22. ArtSparker Avatar

    Manu Chao?

  23. liv Avatar

    why don’t you just email me so i can send you a disc or 2?

  24. Shieldmaiden96 Avatar

    Hmmm. While I don’t know if this is in the vein of your musical taste, I will share some of my favorite ‘exercising music’. Or, music to ignore the binks on the other treadmills and Fox News by.
    This music isn’t ‘me’, and that is one of the things I like about it. It sort of takes me out of myself. Music to amble to, in my case, since I don’t run.

    1. Eminem ‘Lose Yourself’
    2. Public Enemy ‘Dont Believe the Hype’ or ‘Welcome to the Terrordome’ or ‘Fight the Power’
    3. Johnny Cash ‘Rusty Cage’
    4. Megadeth ‘Use the Man’
    5. Mozart’s Mass in C Minor
    6. Snow ‘Informer’ (and I apologize in advance if you look for this on You Tube and it gets stuck in your head for a month.)
    7. Vanilla Ice ‘Ice Ice Baby’. Because whether we want to admit it, we all like it.

  25. Fragrant Liar Avatar
    Fragrant Liar

    Let’s see. The short list is:

    Michelle Branch and Santana: The Game of Love

    Kelly Clarkson: My Life Would Suck Without You

    Pink: Who Knew

    Gwen Stefani: It’s My Life

    Those have really catchy beats.

  26. Midlife Jobhunter Avatar
    Midlife Jobhunter

    Impressed with the technology abilities. I suggest AC/DC. Ended up with middle son’s Ipod for a week. AC got me moving. Lost two pounds that week.

    Grupo Fantasmo – good beats. Also like to say Grupo Fantasmo

    And there is something call Mercy? Not sure if thats the group or the song. Sorry, I’m just a zero at somethings.

  27. Chantal Avatar

    Lately when I run alone I have been running with the techno running mix I downloaded of a website called PodRunner. It is good for keeping up the pace and encouraging me to go faster. At the point I am too lazy to make my own mix. And I am a slow runner, but I am coming to terms with it. Slowly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. AmyTree Avatar

    That was brilliant – I’ll even watch you for, like 8 minutes next time!!! I like a little Marilyn Manson myself… ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  29. heartinsanfrancisco Avatar

    I’ve looked in on this post three times and am completely intimidated by those who can remember every song ever written.

    But I really like turtles.

  30. Jamie Avatar

    Oh, to run with that view!!
    You should, like totally, download some Averil Lavigne…she is like so totally dope.


    Coldplay, The Cure, The Killers, Kate Nash, Third Eye Blind, U2, Outkast, Twista, India Arie, Roisin Murphy, The Fray, JT… and after Sunflower56 I don’t think there are any songs left.

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