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It's very evident/ These attentions are well meant

Apete gave me an mp3 player for Christmas, so ever since then I've been experimenting with different mixes of music to play on it while I go for my walks. It's pretty obvious that pop music like the Spice Girls and Britney Spears, while not exactly something you want to go around advertising to the world that you listen to, have a pretty good beat for keeping a good walking pace. So as long as you keep the volume low and those earbuds firmly pushed into your ear, no one need know. On the other hand, the tempo of Chayanne's Torero almost killed me yesterday, so it's the type of song you might want to sneak into the mix here and again, but it's not really a speed that I can keep up for extended periods (yet).

Musicals are a little tougher to add to the mix. They are very good to listen to, but seem to have a lot more tempo changes than pop music. "When the Foeman Bares His Steel" from Pirates of Penzance has a nice tempo for walking and it stays constant throughout the track. It seems like it might be the ultimate musical mp3 for walking. However, it may not be entirely appropriate for playing on your mp3 player at the gym if you are such a Gilbert & Sullivan nerd that you feel the need to wave your arms around and high-kick and emote that you want people to go and die.

Go to death, and go to slaughter;
Die, and every Cornish daughter
With her tears your grave shall water.
Go, ye heroes, go and die!

srah - Monday, 22 January 2007 - 5:26 PM
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Comments (10)

gravatar J - January 22, 2007 - 6:59 PM -

So as long as you keep the volume low and those earbuds firmly pushed into your ear, no one need know.

But you're posting it on the internet, so...

...pop music like the Spice Girls and Britney Spears...

Ha ha ha!

gravatar srah - January 22, 2007 - 9:02 PM -

Hypothetically the Spice Girls and Britney Spears could be good for walking to. In theory. Not that I would know!

gravatar Cheryl - January 23, 2007 - 8:16 AM -

You could always switch up your pace when the tempos change in those would be fun as a bystander to watch you start dancing to something I couldn't hear.

gravatar Your ARWYDK - January 23, 2007 - 9:08 AM -

Hmmm ... the Gilbert & Sullivan Exercise CD. Has definite possibilities of being a financial pleasure.

gravatar jamelah - January 23, 2007 - 10:40 AM -

So then I guess I shouldn't mention that when I'm walking I like to listen to, um, Sean Paul? I mean, I don't LIKE it, but I do it. I must. It's my calling.

gravatar srah - January 23, 2007 - 7:20 PM -

Cheryl - the problem is when the music slows down significantly for dramatic effect or to allow pirates to break out into a high-step. Suddenly my pace gets a lot slower and the people behind me run into me. :)

gravatar alfie - January 23, 2007 - 10:10 PM -

I think Bon Jovi and Aerosmith are good for walking - obviously based on the song.

gravatar srah - January 24, 2007 - 8:18 AM -

Wait, which song?

gravatar Cheryl - January 24, 2007 - 8:20 AM -

That's when you start little waltzes to keep up your heart rate.

gravatar alfie - January 24, 2007 - 2:07 PM -

Sorry, I meant that it depended on the song. If you're walking at a pretty brisk pace, "It's My Life," "Livin' on a Prayer," and "Cryin'" are pretty evenly paced.

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