My time at the gym has steadily been declining as the outdoor weather conditions improve. My runs are now all outside, and it’s amazing, but in an effort to keep myself as well rounded as possible for as long as possible, I’m still heading into the gym to strength train and I’ve been doing the rowing machine until rowing season starts on Monday.
I usually park myself on the erg for about 30 minutes to an hour at a time and then follow up with pumping some iron if you know what I mean. There’s nothing more fun than going to lift heavy things wearing a pink princess half marathon shirt.
And so, I’ve been listening to music.
Anyway, I actually have a new thing where I like to listen to whole albums in the gym given my routine. EXCEPT NO ONE LISTENS TO ALBUMS ANYMORE THEY JUST BUY SINGLE SONGS OFF ITUNES. If we’d done that back in my day, how would anyone have known the joy that is the entirety of Backstreet’s Back? Exactly.
This week was Siamese Dream by the Smashing Pumpkins. (I have very diversified musical tastes.) We have a long history, this album and I. Aside from a Beatles greatest hits compilation I took from my dad, this was the first album I loved. And, 20 years later, I still love it. “Today” can still crack the top 10 list of my favorite songs, and I still love “Rocket,” “Geek U.S.A.,” and “Cherub Rock.” Yes, yes, I do also really like Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness, (good songs to work out to: X.Y.U., Bullet with Butterfly Wings, Zero, Bodies, Jellybelly) but Siamese Dream has a special place in my heart.
The fun thing about listening to an album when you plan on doing something for longer than, say, 20 minutes, is that you can push on the more upbeat songs and then take it down a notch for the mellower songs. You row the shit out of “Rocket” and then you chillax a little bit for “Disarm.”
First favorite album? An entire album you would listen to while running?