"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Playlist Ponderings

As has become standard procedure here at RWH, the mandatory 10 day reflection period for race recaps has been enforced. In another week or so, I'll take a few moments to summarize the lasting thoughts from this past Saturday's Marathon.  I have found that this keeps my writing to the "critical few" in regards to race logistics, strategy, results and experiences.  Trust me, most of the readers thank me for this self imposed postponement approach, as less is more, and what remains fresh in my mind is really good stuff.

So, in lieu of a premature race recap, I've decided to share a few reflections on the Myrtle Beach playlist.  If you didn't catch it, in my ever-changing world of iPod inspiration, I elected to go all Bruce for this latest run.  (The background story is found here: The Myrtle Beach Boss-athon!) With over 26 miles of mind distracting Rock-n-Soul to philosophize upon, you can bet my analytical juices were in full force.  Here a few of the discoveries:

  • Bobby Jean is much more melancholy than I have ever considered it to be. Even more than Glory Days, it takes me back to the day and brings up memories of good friends without goodbyes
  • Jungleland is pure musical genius and the ultimate Clarence number in my book (well, maybe tied with 10th Avenue Freeze Out, Badlands and Rosalita)
  • Tom Morello playing with the band on Ghost of Tom Joad is just awesome - make sure to hold back, because the pace can get out of control if you're not careful 
  • Land of Hope & Dreams, listened to during a marathon, paints a great picture of all the stories being played out around you as you run; "this train carries saints and sinners, this train carries losers and winners, this train .... all aboard"
  • I'll wait until the newness wears off, but I'm thinking Wrecking Ball might be one of the Boss' top three albums.  Four selections made the playlist; Wrecking Ball, Jack of All Trades, Shackled and Drawn and Land of Hope & Dreams
  • The only slower tempo song on the list, which happens to be an all-time favorite, Thunder Road, never fails to motivate; "So you're scared and you're thinking that maybe we ain't that young anymore, show a little faith, there's magic in the night ..."   AND  "lying out there like a killer in the sun, hey I know it's late but we can make it if we run!"

Ultimately, we did better than we thought we might, in regards to our finish time.  So I didn't even get to the planned final set of classic songs at the end.  I'm thinking the next race this spring will once again have the E Street vibe, and then I'm looking at a Praise-athon for the fall.  Stay tuned, and always remember ...... Tramps like us, baby we were born to run! 

A few samples for your listening pleasure:

Born to Run - The marathon anthem at a typical Boss concert.  

Jungleland - if you've never heard this one, you need to follow through the entire song and for certain through the solo.  Enjoy.

And a bonus, Ramrod.  The amazing thing about this wildly fun song is that if you watch a 1985 concert, this 2002 performance, or one from the current 2013 tour, the 63 year Boss has the same energy today, if not more, than he did back in the '70s.  Just having fun with slinging guitars, messing around with Steve, letting Clarence drive a mean solo, dancing across the stage, on and on. As he always says, "that ticket in your hand is my contract with you that you get my very best that night!" Every song is a special edition at the concert, you never get the record cut on any song.  Enjoy.

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