After a Wednesday off, I returned to running on Thursday with a 5 miler outside. Yes, that’s right, outside. The temperature stayed down to just the low 90s as opposed to the upper 90s it’s been this week, so I figured I would take advantage of it by getting out of the gym for a quick run.
In previous months, there would always be the same five or six people running down Kenilworth Avenue at around 5 p.m. I don’t know their names, what they do, how far they’re running or anything about them, but we always give each other the classic, casual head nod as we pass. Thursday, I noticed I was all alone out there.
I always thought I was being somewhat of a little bitch by heading indoors during the late July/August heat, but, if Thursday’s run is any indication, that is what many people in south Louisiana do. So it’s good to see that I’m not being a puss by hitting the treadmill.
Thursday’s Pandora music station, though, might change that. I wasn’t in the mood for anything loud or fast. Sunday’s run showed me I could have gone with Today’s Alternative Rock again, but instead I opted for Classic Rock Love Songs, aka ballads! Fire up the lighters, everyone.
Bryan Adams – “Heaven”
What can you say about the singer who gave us “Run To You,” “I Do It For You” and “I Finally Found Someone”? When it comes to awesomely bad love songs, he is the master. Plus he owns the baseball stadium anthem with “Summer of ’69.” There’s no better way to start a ballad playlist than with Bryan Adams and “Heaven.”
He is also one of the few Bryans out there who I can forgive for spelling his name incorrectly. I loathe the name with a “Y” instead of the classic and timeless “I” version, but I give him a pass.
If this is how the playlist starts, it isn’t too hard to see we’re in heaven.
Eagles – “Hotel California”
Then I get this song, which I can’t stand. Also, love song?
Journey – “Faithfully”
Now, THIS is more like it. I said the playlist couldn’t start any better than with Bryan Adams, but Journey comes in and proves me wrong.
Everyone knows about, and karaokes to, “Don’t Stop Believing” but Journey’s “Open Arms” and “Faithfully” are arguably two of the greatest cheesy ‘80s love ballads. “Hotel California” was a miss in the playlist, and there will be many others to come, but this is an ideal song to include.
Less than four more miles to go. Four more miles of a steaming hot road. A road that ain’t no place to start a family.
Aerosmith – “Dream On”
As with “Hotel California” and now this, there will be a few questionable choices in the Classic Rock “Love Songs” playlist.
REO Speedwagon – “Keep on Loving You”
3 Doors Down – “Here Without You”
There will also be some questionable genre selections in the “Classic Rock” “Love Songs” playlist.
The playlist was going so well up to this point, and that isn’t to say “Here Without You” is a bad song. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not good, but at least it is a love song as opposed to a couple other ones on here. Still, considering the classic rock theme that was prevalent until this point, this song seems way too out of place not to notice it.
Rather than transitioning from smooth ballad to smooth ballad, this playlist is everywhere. I’ve seen some inconsistencies before (Beach Boys in the British playlist) but these jumps aren’t just oversights. Either Pandora is confused with classic rock or love songs or it’s trolling me. Either way, the station isn’t winning.
Pat Benatar – “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”
At least it’s a classic rock song…
The Outfield – “Your Love”
Edwin McCain – “I’ll Be”
Holy crap, this might be the best way to end a playlist and/or run ever.
I have an embarrassingly strong love of this song, and I don’t care. It is close to impossible for me to listen to this song and not shout out the chorus. Right now, I’m at work finishing this post with the song playing and I’m having the hardest time not screaming out “I’LLLLLLLL BE YOUR CRYING SHOULDER.”
Katie right now, I’m sure, is shaking her head reading this right now because she has had to endure multiple Brian renditions of this song when it’s on the radio. I would apologize, but I’m not sorry.
It is the greatest fan of my life.
This playlist was everywhere. Classic Rock Love Songs had some non-classic rock and non-love songs, but it had all of my heart.