Give me the beat boys and free my soul…

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” - E.Y. Harburg

How many times have you heard a particular song and you are instantly taken right back to that moment in time? You remember exactly where you were, who you were with and what you were wearing. Music is truly a powerful force; it can bring joy, laughter and even sorrow and sadness. I’m reminded of the Uncle Kracker’s song….or rather Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” where he sings “Oh, give me the beat boys, and free my soul. I
want to get lost in
your rock and roll and drift away.” Yes, it’s easy to get totally lost in music, and sometimes it’s a healthy escape.

As we acknowledge the death of King of Pop, Michael Jackson, we may or may not have liked him as a person, but I don’t think anyone would challenge his talent and the impact his music made on the world. Most all of us would probably immediately start tapping our foot or shaking our behind when “Thriller,” “Billie Jean” or “Beat it” is played.

“My goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.” - Michael Jackson

We all have our favorite music that we listen to for different occasions. We’ve got music for eating dinner, music for going to sleep, music to work out to, and maybe even special music while we’re feeling romantic. Wouldn’t the world be boring if we didn’t have music? As the quote above says, “Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” Life is a bundle of emotions, and music partners with those emotions, helping us to better adapt to what life throws at us.

“I wake up from dreams and go "Wow, put this down on paper." The whole thing is strange. You hear the words, everything is right there in front of your face...” - Michael Jackson

I’m reminded of what music I like to listen to when I’m doing cardio. Can you imagine doing your cardio to silence and trying to keep yourself on track? As of today, my current top five favorites are:

(1) Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
(2) Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi)
(3) Welcome to the Jungle (Guns & Roses)
(4) Back in Black (AC/DC), and
(5) Cyclone (Baby Bash)

These songs make me want to move! Have you noticed how you can just be grinding along, but a certain song comes on and you suddenly pick up the beat and you’re extra inspired? That’s why I like to periodically change my selections.OK, now it’s your turn - what’s on the cardio section of your MP3 Player, IPod, I Phone, or wherever your music is stored and organized? I want to hear from you! We can help motivate each other by trying different music. You might even take your workout to the next level!


  1. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" CC Music FActory
    "Dancing in the Street" Martha Reaves
    "We Like to Party" Studio 99
    "Lust for Life" Iggy Pop
    "FunkyTown" Lipps Inc.,
    and one more ...can't stop the music..
    "When the Whip comes Down" Rolling Stones

  2. Wow, i love those songs! We must be around the same age :)