Hi!! My name is Leticia and I blog over at Running Around Hungry, where I talk about my love for running and working out, and my obsession with food. I talk about other things too, like my crazy adventures as a wife, mother and teacher…and my wonderful family and friends!
When I had the awesome opportunity to guest post, I knew I wanted to talk about music and the importance of having a good playlist to listen to while working out. I hope you enjoy the post and thanks again to Presley for allowing me into her world!!
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Music means the world to me. As a matter of fact, I would rather listen to music than watch television, and I would estimate that out of 24 hours in a day, I listen to music at least half of that time! Weird Interesting fact about me – I actually relate periods of my life to whatever music I was listening to at the time. As you can see, I have a slight obsession!
My love for music goes back to my childhood. My aunt, my Tío Jero, the woman that helped my mother raise me, used to listen to her Spanish music all day everyday, especially while she was working; whether it was cooking, cleaning or washing clothes. I remember as a teenager always laying around on Sunday afternoons listening to Casey Kasem’s “Top 40” to hear all the latest songs. I used to have my blank tapes ready to record my favorite songs and make “mixed tapes.” I listened to mostly Pop, Rock, Tejano, and Country growing up but after going away to college I met some Puerto Rican friends that introduced me to SALSA!! When I studied abroad in Mexico City, the world of Spanish Rock and Spanish Pop and Spanish Rap was opened up to me. I already had a slight obsession with the Rat Pack and good ole’ Frank in college, along with Tony Bennet, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. When I moved to Houston and met my husband, he, being the music-obsessed person that he is, introduced me to the world of Flamenco, Tango, Spanish love ballads, BossaNova, and Samba. I was hooked!!
As a teacher, I try to culture my students in the world of music. I love today’s music, and listen to the same Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap that the youngins are listening to (OMG, when did I get old enough to be able to say that?!?!), but I want to show them that everything they listen to today has roots. That all the artists they are so fond of, grew up listening to, and were eventually influenced by, some other artist or genre of music.
I say all this (I know, I’m long winded…sorry!!!) to say that music plays an integral part of my (and my family’s) life. I listen to music:
– when I’m getting dressed in the morning (get up and get moving music),
– at school while I’m teaching (usually classical or smooth jazz),
– after school as I’m tying up loose ends, grading papers or preparing for the next day,
– while I’m lifting weights (my gangsta – this is hysterical because I am sooo not gangsta! – side comes out and I listen to rap)
– while I’m working at night (classical, my daughter’s favorite, or 80’s, or jazz)
– when I go to sleep (soothing Spanish love songs)
– pretty much all the time!! (anything and everything)
So then it goes without saying that, as a runner, I have to have some good jams to RUN to as well!! I am a bit of a perfectionist, and this is definitely one thing that has to be as close to perfect as possible! I mean, if I’m going to be running and sweating for miles and miles and miles, the music had better be good!
My main playlist right now is called “RUNstreak”, but I have shorter variations of it too. My “Morning Run” playlist is perfect for a three-mile run and has my two favorite Brazilian songs and my two favorite Gospel songs on it too, perfect for starting off the morning in a lifted-spirits kind of mood! My “Short Run” playlist is shorter and has faster, heart-pumping beats, perfect for a fast run. My “Cool-it-down, Stretch-it-Out” playlist has tranquil, soothing music for the perfect end to a great (or not so great) run. Here is the main playlist that I am rocking right now:
|Desabafo Deixa Eu Dizer||Marcelo D2 & Claudia|
|Where Have You Been?||Rihanna|
|Let’s Go||Calvin Harris ft. Neyo|
|I’m a Machine||David Guetta ft. Crystal Nicole|
|Turn Up the Music||Chris Brown ft. Rihanna|
|Danza Kuduro||Don Omar ft. Lucenzo|
|Feel So Close||Calvin Harris|
|Somebody That I Used to Know||Gotye|
|Maimbe Danda||Daniela Murcury|
|What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger||Kelly Clarkson|
|Rumor Has It||Adele|
|Titanium||David Guetta ft. Sia|
|Mr. Know-It-All||Kelly Clarkson|
|Set Fire to the Rain||Adele|
My playlist has old songs, new songs, fast songs, not-as-fast songs, English songs, Spanish songs and even Portugese songs. For me, good music knows no boundaries, and things like language are just minor details. J What matters is the melody and the beat and what they do to my soul (and my legs)!!
Music is powerful and can be life-changing. It has the ability to brighten our mood, lift our soul, and transport us to another time and place. It can make us laugh, make us cry, make us remember, make us forget, and make us remember things that we want to forget. Music is like love in that it speaks no specific language, and has the ability to unite people who may not have otherwise come together. Music makes us more determined, pumps us up, and makes us feel stronger! That’s why I listen to it all of the time, in everything that I do! Consider it my “playlist” for life!
Thank you for the great post, Leticia! Y’all please go check out her blog. She’s great! Now I’m off to enjoy my last day at the beach. Tomorrow morning I get to “meet” all of my students. I know most of them already, but it will be fun to see them as “big” third graders now. (FYI, I teach 3rd instead of 4th this year. Change is good, right? Let the lesson planning begin!) Hope y’all have a great Thursday!