This is a guest post from The League’s own Chris!
Hello everybody, Chris again. When last we spoke, I was telling you about bus ridin’ and bus readin’, and my crazy money-savin’ schemes (read War and Peace and SAVE!). Today I’m back to tell you about another thing I do when I’m not avoiding work by spamming the League’s comment sections: walkin’. What could be more exciting than a post about a guy you don’t know riding the bus? A post about a guy you don’t know going for a walk, that’s what.
It turns out that, when you get rid of your car, you have to walk a lot. I mean, a lot. I went through four pairs of shoes last year. I don’t think I bought four pairs of shoes between the ages of 20 and 30. At first my feet hurt and my calves were sore, but then I got used to it, and started to kinda enjoy it. The only problem was that I lived in a pretty densely populated area with lots of sounds of the city that my country boy ears tended to find loud and discordant. So I got an iPod (later replaced by a smart phone), and drowned out the world with music.
As I was walkin’ and listenin’, listenin’ and walkin’, I began to realize that certain songs work better with walking than others. Such songs seem to merge with my mood and my pace to create a seamless fusion of mind, movement, and music. So I created a playlist of “walkin’ songs,” and while I don’t listen to it exclusively on a walk, I do listen to it a lot, especially when I feel like having an extra jump in my step (whatever the hell that means).
So if you don’t mind, I thought I’d share a few of my walkin’ songs with ya’ll (or y’all). I hope you find something you like and haven’t heard before, maybe even something you can take for a walk with you. I also hope it will inspire you to share with me the music you listen to while you do things during your day.
Now, this blog has had some excellent music writing from Jaybird, Glyph, that Schilling character, and James Hanley (dude, when do we get more alt country?), and I can’t really compete with them, so I’m not even going to try. I’ll just give you the music, and let that be my commentary. Enjoy.
Phantogram, “Running from the Cops”
I love that video, but I don’t recommend watching it while walking.
Mexico 70, “Peace and Love”
As only 6200 people have viewed this one, I’m guessing some of you may not have heard it before.
Old Canes, “Early Morning Hymns”
I got nothin’. All I know is that if I hear this song, I’m going to pick up my pace and walk with my head high.
Destroyer, “English Music”
For the New Pornographers fans out there.
Guided By Voices, “Everywhere With Helicopter”
OK, that song might make you want to run. (You’re welcome, Glyph.)
Santigold, “I’m a Lady”
Man do I dig Santigold. I know it’s just pop, but if you don’t like this song or “Disparate Youth,” we need to have a conversation. If nothing else, all her songs are very walkable. Though I do feel a bit weird walking through the Austin streets singing, “I’m a lady! Got my mind made up, got my mind made up.”
Devotchka, “How it Ends”
That song gets embedded in my head. Maybe now it’s embedded in yours!