Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself; I'm a Man of Wealth and Taste
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Recognize that as the opening lyric of a classic rock song? Maybe a good tune for a workout? If you don't, you should.
Once again, I reformatted and reloaded ye olde mp3 player that lives its life at the bottom of my gym bag. Yes. it's waterproof and in the summer I swim with it too. I love exercise BECAUSE of the music and I would hate it viscerally if I did not have music. Maybe your exercise music needs a refresher or update? Maybe you don't pay enough attention to whatever they play at the gym/ Maybe you are tired of what they play, over and over? And so...
Back on March 7, 2012 and periodically since though not recently (and at a far earlier stage of ill-deserved - and my now decidedly waning Sparky fame) , I blogged about how I find the intrinsically boring activity of working out, well, boring if done in silence. For me, having music that motivates me (and that I like) is simply everything about a successful workout.
Seven prior blogs during the course of 2012 presented some workout music that I like, and presented a game wherein songs and artists could be guessed. Many songs remain un-guessed from the first six blogs; check them and see if you know any.
Since then, I have concluded that age-wise (and maybe weight-wise too) I am right under the fat part (pun intended) of the bell curve of the Sparky demographics. If I know the songs and remember them, you should too. Most of you, anyway.
As I also first explained on March 7, 2012, one of the first things I bought for myself when I got serious about exercise was a good, high-capacity mp3 player with comfy, noise-cancelling headphones for land and complete waterproof operation for the pool. Many of you who have gotten to know me, also know that I even did this before new workout shoes (yes I am a nut, but by being here this fact about me you also already know). I have upgraded the workout shoes since, admittedly. Twice, now.
I like my workout music a lot; I really do. I gets me going miles and miles and miles, on land September-May, and in the pool in the summer (did I ever mention that I miss swimming?). Right now I'm closing in on about 200 days until the start of the pool season.
With some musical suggestions from Thing 1 (my 17-year old daughter- hint) I again reloaded, 3,200-song mp3 player. Reloaded with what music? Dare you ask, for you are going to be sorry you wondered this. Because, once again, - YOU GET TO GUESS! Hang on, it's yet another Sparky quiz (the 8th in a series) and here goes:
Step 1: I have yet again put my 3,200-song list on my mp3 player on random shuffle. Most but not all of the songs tend to bounce along lively. I graduated high school in 1979; the fat part of my musical bell shaped curve is from about then through perhaps 1985. That being said, my kids have endeavored to keep me current and not yet musically fossilized so I have a little bit of newer stuff too. Many friends also attempt to broaden my tastes; generally I resist but occasionally I succumb.
Step 2: I have posted the lyrics from the first line from the first 30 songs that played, no matter how embarrassing or obscure. Or obvious. In the circumstance that the song starts out as a dead giveaway (ex. Can't Buy Me Love by The Beatles), a different stanza is offered up.
Step 3: Your job is to guess the artist and title correctly. Now and then as my time affords, I will edit this blog to bestow the first-correct-answerers with due mention. And I will give you credit as first in with a correct guess. I am sole judge, jury and executioner in terms of near guesses. Think Alex Trebek. On Jeopardy, Alex would not give a half point for an artist without a song title or vice versa; nor will I.
Step 4: If your are a former, current or aspiring DJ try and constrain yourself to the five most obscure ones you know, so as to give others a chance. As always, looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING.
Now its dawn on an unusually cold Saturday morning here on the Eastern Seaboard, but I'm an early riser and I hope to see a bunch of guesses roll in before long. The early bird gets the worm.... Here goes, once again, and good luck!...
1. I want to tell you a story, every man ought to know
2. I walk along the avenue. I never thought I'd meet a girl like you. - I Ran / A Flock of Seagulls (ANDREA)
3. You change your mind like a girl changes clothes - Hot n Cold/Katy Parry (PITTSBURGH DEBBIE)
4. Seven thirty seven coming out of the sky - Travelin' Band / CCR (PITTSBURGH DEBBIE)
5. Black and orange stray cat sittin' on a fence - Stray Cat Strut / Stray Cats (LULUBELLE)
6. I never knew how complete love could be ‘til she kissed me and said
7. I’m a model you know what I mean - I'm Too Sexy/Right Said Fred (STEVE NICKS)
8. Backstroke lover always hiding beneath the covers - Walk This Way/Aerosmith (STEVIE NICKS)
9. Spread out now Rosie, doctor come cut loose her mama's reins
10. I was lying on the grass of Sunday morning of last week - Steal My Sunshine / Len (ANDREA)
11. Come out Virginia, don't let me wait - Only the Good Die Young / Billy Joel (COLTSMERE)
12. Under a blood red sky, a crowd has gathered in black and white - New Year's Day/U2 (SUZIE)
13. I took her out it was Friday night - What's My Age Again? / Blink 182 (ANDREA)
14. Let me tell you about a girl I know, had a drink about an hour ago - Date Rape/Sublime (ANDREA)
15. When I was younger, so much younger than today - Help/Beatles (PICKIE98)
16. I left a good job in the City - Proud Mary/CCR or Tina Turner (PICKIE98)
17. It was early morning yesterday; I was up before the dawn - Goodbye Stranger / Supertramp (KEN)
18. Talking away; I don't know what I'm to say - Take on Me /Aha (BABE)
19. Well I never kept a dollar past sunset; it always burned a hole in my pants
20. I would walk ten miles on my hands and knees - Tuff Enuff / Fabulous Thunderbirds (KEN)
21. I come home in the morning light; my mother says “When are you going to live your life right?” - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun / Cindy Lauper (JEANNIE)
22. Nobody on the road; nobody on the beach - Boys of Summer / Don Henley or The Ataris (ANDREA)
23. You make a guy feel humble; I make a fool of myself again
24. Please allow me to introduce myself; I'm a man of wealth and taste - Sympathy for the Devil / The Rolling Stones (PITTSBURGH DEBBIE)
25. Well I saw the thing coming out of the sky; it had the one long horn, one big eye - Purple People Eater/ Sheb Wooley or George Thorogood (PICKIE98)
26. I get knocked down but I get up again - Tubthumping / Chumbawamba (PITTSBURGH DEBBIE)
27. Your eyes tell me how you love me
28. Here comes Johnny, singing oldies goldies
29. When I'm out walkin', I strut my stuff - yeah, I'm so strung out - Blister in the Sun / Violent Femmes (KEN with a nod to STEVIE NICKS, who also knew I think)
30. Have you heard the story of the hot rod race, where the Fords and Lincolns were settin' the pace? - Hot Rod Lincoln / Commander Cody (PICKIE98)