Not much to report from fantasmoland other than to conclude that I hate Mother Nature. She is spiteful and that's not a very attractive trait. I mean really lady, what is with blustery winds and SNOW? Haven't you had enough? I know I have.
Pulling out the extra fleeces aside, I have been trolling the internets for new music. There are many runners who believe that listening to music takes away from the run - the connection and spirituality of it. Others think it's just plain dangerous to have the distraction. I have spent many hours running with and without headphones and I really don't see what all the fuss is about. I think you should do whatever floats your boat, but if you do run with headphones to keep the volume down enough to hear traffic around you. I find that just the right song at the right moment can enhance the pace so why fight it? Besides, most nights it is a challenge just to get my lazy butt out the door so every little bit of motivation counts. If it takes a screamin' guitar and a thumping bass line to be my crutch through the miles, I'm okay with that. I think I spend too much time between my ears anyhow, so the music plus the activity of pounding the pavement is a nice little break from thinking. Other days it helps the contemplation and new thoughts have a chance to sneak in on a melody.
With that in mind, I have listened to everything on my ipod too many times. The favorites have lost their appeal and the songs that I would always fast forward through are still just as unpopular. I am sick of all my music. Yes, all of it (including the stuff that lives outside of the tiny white box). It doesn't help that I think that I may be a music snob. Rick gladly pointed out the other day that the first thing out of my mouth when a song comes on the radio is, "This song sucks," or, "Why do they always play such crap?" I apparently don't like anything ever and I can't help but think that Rick made a good point.
What on earth do I like? After days of searching itunes, blogs and music websites I don't think that I'm any closer to quantifying that answer. I just know I like it when I hear it. Real deep stuff over here. With hours of listening ahead of me, I'm certain to be on the look out for good tunes for quite awhile. The plan is to wipe the ol' ipod dry and start over. So if you can think of anything I absolutely need to hear, all suggestions will be considered!
Tell me, what is your favorite band/singer/song?