NEW Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “I Lived” 50-Minute Ride

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“I Lived” 50-Minute Ride

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I am back to trying to crank out a new playlist every other week which is a herculean task considering how many songs are in my repertoire—but I am up for it! My goal in 2017 is to branch out and listen to new artists and new kinds of music so if any of you out there have suggestions—hit me up in the comments.

In the meantime—take a look/listen to today’s playlist as I hope it inspires you for your next workout.

  • I Lived (Arty Remix): OneRepublic

I prefer this “Arty Remix” as it has some fast-paced intervals in there which makes for a great warm-up song.

 

  • Hell: Tegan and Sara

This is one of my favorite songs from Tegan and Sara because it has the right amount of happy energy and a good beat. The video, however, is just a wee but pretentious IMHO.

 

  • Blow Me (One Last Kiss): P!nk

P!nk is one of my favorite artists and this song always makes me want to sing along even though she sings in an impossible key during the chorus!

 

  • Long Road to Ruin: Foo Fighters

The Foos are my “go-to” for most rides as you can probably can tell by now. Therefore, I cannot believe this is the first time Long Road to Ruin has been featured on one of my playlists. (Bad Margo!)

 

  • Dangerous (featuring Joywave): Big Data

I love the bouncy beat of this song and how when it plays—my students bop their heads to the bass line. (So freaking cute!)

 

  • 2 Heads: Coleman Hell

My mother refers to this as the ‘banjo song’ which also makes her giggle every time she hears it. So now you know—you’re welcome!

 

  • I Am One: Smashing Pumpkins

My inner 90s rock chick needs to be listened to from time to time and the Smashing Pumpkins reminds of those fun days.

 

  • Starboy: The Weeknd

I am beginning to become a big fan of The Weeknd even though the spelling of his stage name is pretty lame. (Do you think he regrets it already?)

 

  • Gold, Girls, Guns: Metric

This is one of the best songs I use for sprinting intervals because it has an intense feel to it without being overwhelming. Try it for yourself!

 

  • Crabbuckit: k-os

If you love pop & hip hop music—give Canadian k-os a listen some time. You will thank me later!

 

  • 24k Magic: Bruno Mars

No—I am not sick of this song yet. Bruno knows how to create a funky beat that makes folks happy.

 

  • Moves Like Jagger: Maroon 5

This is the song that made me like Maroon 5. I can’t help but start singing along to it.

 

  • Sara: Fleetwood Mac

Sometimes I just need to hear some old-school Fleetwood Mac to mellow me out after a tough workout and this song fits the job perfectly.

 

That’s it for me this time. I will be back soon with another batch of tunes to get you all kinds of motivated!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Bowie & Mercury Ride” 50 Minutes of Awesome

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“Bowie & Freddie” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

Bowie and Mercury

 

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As I write this post it has been exactly a week since we lost David Bowie and just a few days since Alan Rickman took his acting genius to the big stage in the sky. These are sad days my friends but I refuse to let that stop me from putting a little nostalgia into my playlists to show these amazing artists the respect they are due.

So today I have just one song featuring one of my faves by Bowie and the incomparable Freddie Mercury (who should also still be with us, dammit!)

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always. So be sure to post them in the comments below!

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  • Best Look Lately: Dear Rouge

If you are looking for a fun, upbeat song to begin your workout—this one by Dear Rouge (a married duo from Alberta) will do very nicely.

 

  • Ch-Check it Out: Beasite Boys

Adam MCA Yauch is gone too! (Life is most unfair, is it not?)

 

  • Pumped Up Kicks: Foster the People

Here we have another peppy tune that people always seem to enjoy when I play it in class.

 

  • Synthetica: Metric

I am an American on a mission to get this Canadian band the recognition they deserve. Buy their music, people!

 

  • Ghosts: Ladytron

If you are not familiar with Ladytron they are a rock, new wave, synth, techno, alternative band from Liverpool that does tons of remixes for big stars all the time. Listen to them!

 

  • The Pit: Silversun Pickups

I love this band for their hard charging music that is perfect for doing fast intervals and sprints.

 

  • Get the Party Started: P!nk

This song has that “everyone in the room is immediately on board” kind of quality to it. In other words—it is always a winner.

 

  • Tell Me Baby: Red Hot Chili Pepper

I use this song for high intensity drills (HIIT) because the Peppers music is perfect for that sort of thing,

 

  • Under Pressure: Queen & David Bowie

They should BOTH still be with us, dammit!

 

  • Family Affair: Mary J. Blige

This number by Mary J. Blige is another “room winner” that gets everyone in a good mood.

 

  • Stronger: Kanye West

I like to finish with a big climb and Kanye, though just a tad egotistical, knows how to create a beat that will keep you motivated.

 

  • I and Love and You: The Avett Brothers

For the cool down music The Avett Brothers always do nicely. Why they didn’t just name this one “Brooklyn Take Me In” confounds me but “I and Love and You” is kind of memorable. I guess…

 

That’s it for me this time. Now go out there get your workout in!

 

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: Featuring Eminem, The Weeknd, JR JR and More!

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“Gone” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

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How on earth did a whole month go by without me creating a new playlist? Sheesh! You know how it is—Thanksgiving shows up out of nowhere and the next thing you know there are gifts to buy, breads to bake and multiple holiday cards to send. It’s a wonder I was able to sneak one in this past week but I did just that (patting herself on the back.)

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always. So be sure to post them in the comments below!

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  • Gone: JR JR

The band’s PR rep got in touch with me via my work for Fit Bottomed Girls where I am compiling a peppy/upbeat playlist to post sometime in January.

Those of you who actually know me would not exactly call me “peppy” (spastic, yes but not peppy.) However, this song just got under my skin and I decided to use it in classes this past weekend and everyone loved it. So there you go!

 

  • Welcome to Paradise: Green Day

For every class I teach I make sure  the “second” song is a butt kicker to get everyone in gear and to really get their collective heartrates up. This song might just be a wee bit too fast but, so what? It works!

 

  • Mass Romantic: The New Pornographers

One of my favorite Canadian bands really cooks with this playful tune that has a jangly sound. (I like me some jangle!)

 

  • Adventure of a Lifetime: Coldplay

I know there are Coldplay haters that exist in the world but I don’t give a rat’s butt about any of them. They know how to craft music  that will make you want to move and bop your head to the beat. #teamchrismartin

 

  • Lose Yourself: Eminem

True story—the gym’s stereo broke over this past weekend and I had to use a little boom box in a big room to teach my classes.  That in and of itself was bad enough, but having to play this amazing song by Eminem with a low volume almost killed me! You need volume to really raise the roof with this one. (Truth)

 

  • The Wolf: Mumford & Sons

Thee is nary a banjo in this one from the British band that really rocks it out here.

 

  • 2 Heads: Coleman Hell

Another Canadian (Thunder Bay, Ontario!) on my list and this one DOES indeed use a banjo with amazing results on his song here.

 

  • Can’t feel My Face: The Weeknd

ANOTHER Canadian (Toronto!) and this is his biggest hit in the U.S. so far. Just try to listen and move to the beat—it’s impossible!

 

  • Price Tag: Jessie J

I love this song because it mixes unbridled optimism with a fun /not-posh British accent.

 

  • Cannibal: Silversun Pickups

The Silversun Pickups write songs that are so hard charging and excellent that they are virtually all perfect for high speed sprints and intervals.

 

  • Please Don’t Leave Me: P!nk

Alecia Moore (P!nk’s real name!) writes some of the sweetest ear candy in the whole world and this romantic song always gets to me.

 

  • Time to Pretend: MGMT

Whatever happened to this band? Does anyone know?

 

  • Song for Someone: U2

Some people groused about getting a whole free album downloaded (for free!) into their iTunes accounts by one of the biggest bands of all time. (First world problems, people!) I on the other hand think it’s one of their best efforts and this song in particular is beautiful.

 

That’s it for me this time. Now go out there get your workout in!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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The “Ting Ting’s Playlist” Featuring Rihanna, Foos, Alabama Shakes, P!nk & More

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Spring 2015 Ting-Tings Ride (50 Minutes)

The Ting Tings

The Ting Tings

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Today I want to start off with a song that every once in a while becomes an earworm in my brain. It’s just so damn catchy and fun that I can’t think of a reason to NOT play it.

This is sort of an update of an older playlist of mine that I decided to move around and a few new songs you may not have heard yet. Enjoy!

  • That’s Not My Name: The Ting Tings

This is one of my favorite warm-up tunes of all time because That’s Not My Name has such a great hook and the energy just builds to an awesome level. Perfection!

 

  • Pon de Replay: Rhianna

This is the first single from Barbadian singer Rihanna and the title means “play it again: in Bajan Creole (according to Wikipedia!)

 

  • Fixed to Ruin: Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts has been very popular in Canada and I am doing everything possible to increase his audience in the U.S. One spin class at a time. (You’re welcome Sam!)

 

  • Congregation: Foo Fighters

Everyone who knows me understands that I have a hard time NOT putting some Foos into my playlists because they rock too freakin’ much!

 

  • Zombie: The Cranberries

The Cranberries brings out my (not so) inner “Irish Badass” to the fore.

 

  • Blow Me One Last Kiss: P!nk

I love singing along to this song but for the life of me cannot reach that super HIGH note in the chorus.

 

  • Bodysnacthers: Radiohead

This live version is dedicated to my friend Christine at Dubya Wife because she is a big fan of Radiohead (and completely awesome.)

 

  • Don’t Wanna Fight: Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes is from Athens, Georgia and they feature a lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard who is just a lightning bolt of charisma and talent. LOVE!

 

  • It’s All Been Done: Barenaked Ladies

Funny Canadians signing catchy music brings out the “happy” in me.

 

  • The Passenger: Iggy Pop

“Singing La La La La La La La!” (Don’t mind me while I dance around my apartment right now…)

 

  • Pumpin Blood: NONONO

I love this tune from the Swedish trio NONONO because it is a huge bucket of fun.

 

  • Fearless: Pink Floyd

This is one of my favorite songs of off their Meddle album. Download it now!

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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New “Ventura Highway” Playlist!

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“Ventura Highway” 50-Minute Ride

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

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This week’s playlist is a mixture of old and new styles of music for a 50-minute cardio workout that works well for indoor cycling, outdoor running and the elliptical. The pace is a mixture of easy resistance and a fast cadence to slower climbs requiring more muscle endurance.

Be sure to keep hydrated while you workout and as always—send me your favorite song suggestions!

  • Venture Highway (Deepsky’s Blizzard in L.A. Remix): America

I have used this song as a warm-up before and it always makes me feel happy. The mixture of dreamy orchestration mixed with the 70s hit makes me want to wear a poncho and stare at the stars at night.

  • Anything, Anything: Dramarama

OMG—I freaking love this song from the early 80s. The band broke up in 1994 but got back together after appearing in VH-1’s Bands Reunited.

  • Rumble and Sway: Jamie N Commons

This cute British boy is just 25 years old but rocks like an old blues artist.

  • Supersoaker: Kings of Leon

This song always makes me want to run faster and work harder. Perfect for sprints or running intervals.

  • Once in a Lifetime: Talking Heads

By far my favorite version of one of the best tunes of all freaking time!

  • Tongue Tied: Group Love

If you need something fun and poppy after a big mean climb.

  • I am One: Smashing Pumpkins

My inner 90s warrior chick luvs this band and this song in particular.

  • Blow Me One Last Kiss: P!nk

I think I have a problem when it comes to P!nk because if I do not hear her every single day—my world seems boring.

  • Tusk: Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac released a double album after their smash Rumors called Tusk and it contains exactly two decent songs on it. Can you guess the other one?

  • Bodysnatchers: Radiohead

This is a little gem from their In Rainbows CD you were allowed to pay whatever you wanted for it at the time.

  • Use Me (Live): Hootie & The Blowfish

Yes, I picked a Hootie song because this cover of Bill Withers’ hit kicks serious ass!

  • Love Runs Out: OneRepublic

Not sure why they do not have a space between “One” and “Republic” but I do like this tune.

  • That’s the Way: Led Zeppelin

The “Gods of Thunder” could write pretty ballads and this one always puts me in a good mood.

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Good Feeling” 50-Minute Playlist

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“Good Feeling” 50-Minute Ride

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Its midsummer when I type this and I am in the mood to listen to good tunes that motivate me to work out indoors (the “summuh” heat in New York City is off the charts!) So today I collected music that will take you through a 50-minunte interval workout for either the treadmill or elliptical that will keep you in the mood to move.

Be sure to keep hydrated while you workout and as always—send me your favorite song suggestions!

 

  • Good Feeling: Flo Rida

I was not too familiar with Flo Rida before so let me know tell you what I have learned about him. He’s 6’3”, grew up in Carol City, Florida, attempted college twice before deciding to make his rap dreams come true and is a WWE fan. You’re welcome!

 

  • Valerie (featuring Amy Winehouse): Mark Ronson (featuring Amy Winehouse)

The 60s vibe is just so infectious and catchy. What a talent! RIP AW

  • Uprising: Muse

As much as I love listening to this band on my iPod everyone tells me you have to see Muse live in order to really appreciate them. So who is taking me to the show?

 

  • Walk: Foo Fighters

If you are wondering where the band name comes from—WW2 pilots would call UFO’s “Foo Fighters” because they did not know what else to call them and not look crazy. Got it?

Also—warning about playing this song in class as the volume goes CRAZY HIGH in the middle section. Still totally awesome but be aware of that.

 

  • Waterfalls: TLC

My favorite thing in the world is to tell my students to sing along to the chorus of Waterfalls because really what is more fun than that?

 

  • Please Don’t Leave Me: P!nk

This is one of the sweetest and saddest songs about thanking someone for loving you that I have ever heard.

 

  • Tell Me Baby: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Some people complain that they can’t tell one Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes from another one but I don’t care. If music is good—who cares if it is repetitive?

 

  • Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High: Arctic Monkeys

I think we have all had friends like this…or is it just me?

 

  • Feel Good Inc: Gorillaz

This song is fun to play when I want to incorporate sprints into the mix.

 

  • Pumped Up Kicks: Foster the People

If you listen to the lyrics of Pumped Up Kicks are pretty violent but the beat is so boppy and fun that no one ever seems to notice or care.

 

  • No More Drama: Mary J. Blige

I usually use this song for a slow climb and it’s another care where if you don’t feel the need to sing along you are officially a monster.

 

  • I Feel Love: Blue Man Group

True story—my friends Claudine & Keith would play this song over and over and over again for their eldest daughter when she was a baby because no other sound would soothe her.

 

  • Stay: Rhianna featuring Mikky Ekko

Patti Smith performs a lovely version of this song in her live shows.

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Crystal Vases” 50-min Ride P!nk, Gwen Stafani, Green Day, Nicki Minaj

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“Crystal Vases” (50-minute Ride)

Nicki Minaj

 

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Is it cold enough for you? (West Coast peeps can just shut their collective pie holes, by the way. We get it—it’s nice there. Now stop bragging about it on Facebook!)

Anyhoo I finally got around to creating a new playlist and it received kudos over the weekend by my picky students. It’s a mixture of old & new tunes and I hope you all enjoy it. (Now enough of the Polar Vortex crap!)

 

  • Crystal Vases: The Last Royals

I love this song to use as a warm-up as it is fun and poppy sounding. However—try tot to focus on the lyrics as they are rather, um, depressing.

 

  • Hell: Tegan and Sara

My fondness for Canadians continues with this duo who write some really catchy pop-rock tunes.

  • Get the Party Started: P!nk

If you need a go-to that is guaranteed to get the whole room into a groove—try this one from P!nk. Cuz it rules!

 

  • World Turning: Fleetwood Mac

I love Lindsey Buckingham and this one is one of my all-time favorites from his early days in Fleetwood Mac.

 

  • Midnight City: M83

This is one of those slow, climb-type of songs that reminds me of 80s New Wave music.

 

  • Hollaback Girl: Gwen Stefani

Personally, I prefer the version where she curses…B A N A N A S! (Don’t worry, this video is clean.)

 

  • I Don’t Feel Ike Dancing: Scissor Sisters

If there is a happier sounding song in the world—I have yet to find it.

 

  • Brain Stew: Green Day

Give me some crunchy-sounding guitars just about any day of the week, thankyouverymuch.

 

  • Holding on for Life: Broken Bells

The first time I heard this song I was convinced it was Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon singing as the Bee Gees. Love it though I know nothing about this band.

 

  • Machinehead: Bush

Are they names after the President(s?) Does anyone know the answer to that?

 

  • Starships: Nicki Minaj

Once again—I prefer the dirty version of this tune. (NSFW! Really!)

 

  • Stars: Moby

For some reason Moby seems to write the perfect songs to use for “climbs.”

 

  • Changes: David Bowie

“Time may change me, but I can’t change time.”

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick “Ventura Highway” Playlist featuring Robin Thicke, Jake Bugg, Jamie N Commons and Bowie!

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“Ventura Highway”

50-Minute Intervals Ride

 

Bowie

Bowie

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Recently I found a playlist a colleague of mine left behind at the gym and found a plethora of new tunes that I needed to check out right away.

Sooooo—today’s list is a 50-minute interval ride with more flat roads at high speeds than heavy resistance climbing. It starts off with a remix of a mellow 70s songs that I love to death and finishes with a favorite “Babooey” tune. So let’s get to it!!

  • Ventura Highway(Deepsky’s Blizzard Remix): America

This song is a new favorite discovery for me. It’s just so light and sweet and makes me want to wear a poncho and sit by a campfire.

 

 

  • Rumble and Sway: Jamie N Commons

“Don’t you give me no truth I want all of your lies—whoo hoo!” (Tell me this doesn’t make your butt wiggle a bit!)

 

  • Short Skirt/Long Jacket: Cake

The video for this one always makes me smile.

 

 

  • Once in a Lifetime: Talking Heads

I usually play the live version because it rocks too freaking hard!

 

 

  • I Am One: The Smashing Pumpkins

Back in the day I would play this song at full volume tearing down the California highway. (Good times…)

 

  • Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke

Here comes the dirty video!!!

 

  • Lightning Bolt:  Jake Bugg

No this is not Bob Dylan but rather a teenager from England–really!

 

 

  • Just Like a Pill: P!nk

Love, love, love this song to death.

 

 

  • Heroes: David Bowie

The second climb of the ride is a long, windy one and features this tune by one of my favorite artists of all time.

 

 

  • Snow (Hey Oh): Red Hot Chili Peppers

I know all of their songs sound the same but they also all sound good IMHO.

 

 

  • My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark: Fall Out Boy

This has to be my favorite tune of the summer of 2013.

 

 

  • Helen Wheels: Paul McCartney & Wings

My favorite Beatle performs this (one more before we cool down) ditty. (Seriously, how cute is he?)

 

 

  • Baker Street: Gerry Rafferty

Okay Howard Stern fans—when you hear the sax sing “Ba Ba Ba ba booooooooey!”

 

So what do you think of my list? Remember to send me your favorite tunes in the comments below.

 

Until next time…

 

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Workout Playlist: The “Change” Climb with Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Alex Clare, P!nk & more

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“Change” Playlist (The 4-Hills Ride)

 

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Gil Hodges Bridge

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Lately I have been in the mood to get on my bike and ride out to Far Rockaway—just to see how everyone is doing there (FU Hurricane Sandy!) and also to feel the climb the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Bridge. It’s a scary as hell climb for a person with height issues (like me) but it is also beyond exhilarating to ride over the narrow walkway and feel the wind in my face as I go.

Anyhoo—whenever I take on that bridge I like to put on a “climbing song” to get in the mood. So today I bring you some of my favorite tunes to get my feet peddling up an incline.

Enjoy…

  • Change: Churchill

I know absolutely nothing about this group except I really like this song. Are you familiar with them?

  • Man Like That: Gin Wigmore

This is a new song that I have been playing the last few weeks and it really seems to get people into a great mood.

  • Spiderwebs: No Doubt

My inner “90s Chick” gets super-happy every single time I hear this song. (Go Gwen!)

  • Little Lion Man: Mumford & Sons

My students are always surprised how much cursing exists in the “real” version of this song. (I think it makes it so much better.)

  • Get Higher: Black Grape

Our first official “climb song” comes from an English group that really likes their recreational drug use. (If I do not judge reggae musicians for it I can’t attack the Brits for the same thing!) Get Higher is SO subversive and no one ever seems to catch on to the theme. Love that!

  • Rope: Foo Fighters

Honestly you can play just about any Foo songs in a spin class and people will totally dig it.

  • Undone (The Sweater Song): Weezer

Lately I have been going through a total Weezer faze… (Second climb by the way.)

  • Telephone: Lady Gaga & Beyoncé

OMG—I freaking LOVE this song so much I want to marry it.

  • Too Close: Alex Clare

Our third climb features a song that could have been recorded in the 80s for all I can tell. That’s a compliment by the way.

  • The Pit: Silversun Pickups

This is one of my new favorite bands and this tune always makes me want to peddle faster.

  • Hallelujah: Happy Mondays

This is from the soundtrack of a movie I absolutely adore–24 Hour Party People. (Last climb!)

  • The Middle: Jimmy Eat World

A fun, fast song to end the ride. Everyone likes this song.

  • Try: P!nk

I just discovered P!nk a few months ago and cannot explain why it took me so long to get on the bandwagon.

So what do you think of my list? Remember to send me your favorite tunes in the comments below.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “Feelin’ Alright” with Fave Radio Stations the @Shazam App

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“Feelin’ Alright” Playlist (50-minute Ride)
The online radio I listen to every day plus the super-groovy music app Shazam.

Sarah and Tennessee

(A picture of my cats “Feelin’ Alright” because they are too damn cute not to show off to the world!)

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It’s been a while since I put up a playlist so I today I present one that I think will rock your socks off. (Or just give you some ideas for tunes to add to your MP3 player.)

Students have commented on my “eclectic” song selections which I take as a supreme compliment. The fact is I plan put together all of my classes carefully so that music swings, wails, bounces, grooves and more. Every single song must work with the others in sound, pace, mood, male vs. female voice and more.

In fact, my playlists are so unpredictable that people try to guess how old I am (not saying) and where I am from. Some of the things I have heard from my students:
• “You have GOT to be from Boston to know that band!” (I’m not.)
• “Are you from Detroit?” (Nope.)
• “Did you really see Nirvana in concert? (Yes.)

But my favorite was the time a dude who looked like a typical 20-something Brooklyn hipster (complete with handlebar mustache) whisper to me slyly “Please tell me you are a Canadian, too!” (Sorry—born and raised in the U.S.)

As a consultant I work a great deal from home and like to have music keep me company. Unfortunately most stations in the New York City region suck BIG TIME so I usually listen online (when Time Warner is not screwing with my Internet) to get any good, new and interesting music.

I wanted to give a “shout out” to a few of my favorites today:
• 107.1 “The Peak” Nyack, NY: http://www.1071thepeak.com/  I get up every morning and put them on first thing as I apply my makeup. Great selection of adult alternative rock and Caroline Corley is my favorite radio personality out there right now. (Hey Caroline—Gordon Downie is MY boyfriend!)

“Alice at 97.3” San Francisco, CA: http://radioalice.cbslocal.com/ Midday here I listen to “Sarah & Vinnie” live from the West Coast to get my daily dose of celebrity gossip plus they play all of the popular (and current) songs people seem to like. Normally I hate “hit” music but occasionally they play something that makes me really happy. I have to know what the kids like amIright?

104.5 KFOG San Francisco, CA: http://www.kfog.com/ They used to be my favorite station in the world but the morning show has been busted up so I just check in from time to time. I would say it is also adult alternative rock station as well but a bit on the mellower side.

“The Edge” Toronto, Ontario: http://www.edge.ca/ I have a strong, passionate and innate love for Canada (as well as most Canadians) plus head-banging “alternative rock” music and this station is my secret fix. I am convinced no women listen to them but I still just love The Edge to death. Fearless Fred in the afternoons is my main guy.

WXRT-FM Chicago, IL: http://wxrt.cbslocal.com/ Not to oversell it but this is now my favorite station in the whole wide world and when their internet stream doesn’t work I want to bawl my eyes out. They play everything from The Who to Fiona Apple to Paul Simon to Feist to Led Zeppelin. If you do nothing else—check them out today and let me know what you think. (DJ Frank E. Lee rules my word by the way!)

Please feel free in the comments to send me links to your favorite stations. I am always on the lookout for good music!

When I do find songs that I like, I reach for my iPhone and Shazam the hell out of it. This app can identify songs and artists by some sort of magic system and I would be lost without them. I seriously do not know how it works but if you want to learn more about the Shazam app (there is a free & a paid version) check them out here :http://www.shazam.com/

I was contacted by Shazam and they offered me the following quote which I think works well with my ride today. (I am getting to the playlist—be patient!)
“We all have a soundtrack to our lives – music to drive to, read or study to, and, of course, work out to. In fact, studies have shown that music can really help your motivation when you’re exercising, helping you train faster or longer. ”

Will Mills, Director of Music and Content

Go and check out Shazam’s Blog if you want ideas for more songs. They are NOT paying me to talk about them. It’s an app I have happily paid for and just wanted to pass along for your information.

And now—on to today’s playlist!

Feelin’ Alright: Joe Cocker
I love every single thing about this song and think it has such a wonderful build in energy that is really makes for the perfect warm up tune. (Though sometimes I picture John Belushi doing an imitation of him and it makes me giggle.)


Everybody Talks: Neon Trees
This is the fastest damn song I have heard in a while and people seem to love it.

Just Like a Pill: Pink
This is one of those songs I learned from “Alice 97.3” that has been around for ages but did not fly in my radar before. (I think I have a crush on Pink now. She is so damn cool!)


Who Loves You: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
If you get a chance to see “Jersey Boys” do so. It will have you obsessed with Frankie Valli music.


• Zombie: The Cranberries
God, I just love this song to death and it is perfect for a long climb.


…Baby One More Time: Britney Spears
The one and only song from her I really care about.


She: Green Day
Excellent, fast-paced tune to get people in the mood to move fast.


Gold Guns Girls: Metric
One of my favorite bands that I am dying to see live (please come back to New York!)

No Light, No Light: Florence & the Machine
When I put this on I blare the living hell out of it. Florence RULES. Period.

Icky Thump: The White Stripes
For some reason Jack White has been occupying my thoughts. Hmmm….


Time to Pretend: MGMT
Another “perfect climb” song that gets everyone in the mood to add more gear and work harder.


Stompa: Serena Ryder
A new favorite tune that came into my world through The Edge in Toronto.


Unknown Legend: Neil Young
The “Grandfather of Grunge” writes some of the most beautiful songs in the world and this one is one of my favorites.

So what do you think of my list? Do you have any suggestions? Please feel free to send me your suggestions!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,
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