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Music to motivate you on Spotify

Spotify is a new way to enjoy music. It’s like your iTunes or record collection in that you can listen to whatever song you fancy. The difference is that you don’t own the songs, and they are not on your computer. Through the magic of the internet though you can listen to pretty much any song ever recorded, right now, for free. Pretty amazing! Try it out here.

One of the smart things about Spotify is that you can build playlists, you can share them with other users, and you can collaborate on them. This leads to some interesting ideas.

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to collaborate on a Spotify playlist by Tomo Thompson. Tomo has a really good blog, The Path Less Travelled which “promotes human powered endeavour”.
His Spotify idea was “a playlist full of songs that strike a note when you’re undertaking human powered endeavour, when you’re knackered, and you need a musical pick-me-up. It can be whatever gets you going. Ear caffeine.”

There are three things I like about this.

1. Yet another example of the collaborative possibilities of the internet.

2. It’s interesting to see people’s music choices and discover some new stuff.

3. I’m fascinated by the power that music can exert on a flagging body and spirit. A good song picks you up and gives you a new lease of life. But that also is a reminder that the body is capable of so much and it is our minds that are weak, soft or lazy. If we acknowledge that we have taken the first steps to persuading ourselves that we are more capable than we believe of achieving extraordinary things, whether that is running till you puke (it sounds extra daft when actually written down!) or taking on your own personal Everest.

Tomo has made his playlist available to everyone, so please do have a listen here and feel free to add a couple of songs that really give you a boost when you most need them.
I’ve added a couple of awesome songs, Ben has submitted his dose of soft-rock. What would you add? Either add them to the playlist, or just share your ideas in the comments…

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  1. This is a brilliant list. I’ve added my own inspiring song. Thank you for sharing this with us – very motivational.

  2. Al!
    I can’t open the link!!!
    Is it just me??

  3. Bryan Hojo Posted

    This has become my current training playlist. I find alot of motivation from this one. I have put cool down songs in the middle to know when to walk so I dont burn out my leggs again.

    Thanks Alaister for the thought to share the inspiring music we listen to.

    Green Onions 2:54 Booker T. & The MG’s
    Soul City 2:36 Southern Culture On The Skids
    Peaches 2:52 The Presidents Of The United States Of America The Presidents Of The
    Baba O’Riley 5:09 The Who Who’s Next (Remastered) Rock
    Creep 3:03 Marty Casey The Best of Rock Star: INXS
    Apologies 3:50 Nirvana In Utero Rock
    Peace Frog 3:00 The Doors The Doors Box Set
    Jeepster 4:12 T. Rex Grindhouse: Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof
    One Way Out 4:59 The Allman Brothers Band Almost Famous
    The Valkyrie: Ride of the Valkyries 5:35 Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra & Stanislav
    Easy (Extended Version) 4:52 The Commodores Gold R&B/Soul
    Train, Train 3:36 Blackfoot Strikes Rock
    Canned Heat / On The Road Again 4:34
    Little Green Bag 3:15 George Baker Selection The Tarantino Connection Soundtrack
    People Get Ready 4:52 Jeff Beck Best of Jeff Beck Rock
    Lust For Life 4:14 Iggy Pop
    The Beautiful People 3:39 Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
    Folsom Prison Blues 2:45 Johnny Cash 20th Century Masters – Country
    Leaving Las Vegas 5:10 Sheryl Crow Tuesday Night Music Club Rock
    Immigrant Song 2:25 Led Zeppelin The Complete Led Zeppelin (Remastered)
    Me And Bobby McGee 3:57 Janis Joplin 18 Essential Songs Blues
    Down In A Hole 5:38 Alice In Chains Dirt Rock
    Pick Up The Pieces 4:01 Average White Band Swingers Soundtrack
    So Much to Say 4:07 Dave Matthews Band Crash Rock
    Live and Let Die 3:02 Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits
    ‘Ode to Joy’ from Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ‘Choral’, Op. 125 3:23 Westminster Choir
    Paint It, Black 3:45 The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years
    All I Wanna Do 4:34 Sheryl Crow Tuesday Night Music Club Rock
    Sympathy For The Devil 8:49 The Rolling Stones Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus
    Catch Us If You Can 1:54 The Dave Clark Five The Dave Clark Five:
    Frankenstein 4:44 Edgar Winter They Only Come Out At Night Pop
    Everybody Wants To Rule The World 4:11 Tears For Fears Songs From The Big
    Run Like Hell 4:25 Pink Floyd The Wall Rock
    Ohio Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Decade [Disc 2] Rock Baby Please Don’t Go 5:59 Ted Nugent Great Gonzos Rock
    Graceland 3:24 Charlie Sexton The Tarantino Connection Soundtrack Anthology
    Virtual Insanity 5:41 Jamiroquai Travelling Without Moving R&B
    Runnin’ With The Devil 3:36 Van Halen The Best Of Van Halen, Vol. I Rock
    Walk on the Wild Side 4:13 Lou Reed Lou Reed: The Definitive Collection
    Breakdown 7:41 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Pack Up the Plantation (Live)
    Sweet Jane 3:34 Cowboy Junkies The Tarantino Connection Soundtrack Anthology
    Strawberry Fields Forever 4:08 The Beatles Imagine Rock 2
    Freedom 90 6:29 George Michael Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of George Michael
    Eye In The Sky 3:59 The Alan Parsons Project Billboard Top Hits 1982 Pop
    Get out and do something, Never look back and keep moving.

  4. lee hughes Posted

    TOOL – Ænema

    The best when you’re stressed at the end of the day and feeling the strain of this culture..

  5. Anything by The Prodigy is currently working for me on my bike rides…

    Especially this one:

    Any chance you can send me invitation to Spotify Al so can see Tom’s list….need some new stuff badly on my Ipod!



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