July 30th, 2007
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Music Rituals

 

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Claire asked a question on her blog recently on whether or not you have any “Music Rituals” – things you have to do or situations you have to be in to listen to new music. I always have to listen to new music standing up, because 90% of the time if I’m listening to music, I am walking.

So, what makes good walking music? Well, I always imagine myself as a boxer or wrestler, walking to the ring. If the music would be terrible walking to the ring, then it’d be terrible here. A good example is Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” which is on my MP3 player, as good walking music, as it kinda psyches me up.

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The one thing I look for is a strong opening, that has a definite kick in point. It doesn’t have to be hate filled and angry, I love the opening for Halo by Texas, for example.

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If you think that was a gratuatous attempt to get Sharleen Spiteri on my blog, you’d be right.

Another example, and I get laughed at for having it on my MP3 player is Ace of Base: Always Have, Always Will. Sure, it’s an Abba song in all but name, but cor! Listen to that intro!

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So. It begs the question, what is the best walking song ever? Well, in my mind, it is this offering from a Scottish band called Gun. In the mid 1990′s, they covered Cameo’s classic Word Up, but made it nice and heavy, with a great guitar drop in the intro.

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If I ever was a boxer, wrestler or anything that requires me to make a grandeur entrance, that’d be my theme music.

What’d be yours?

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