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Pandora Goes to the Movies


This post is about Wednesday’s run, so while it’s not exactly timely, I still wanted to share it because the playlist was surprisingly good. I written about a few songs that have reminded me about the movies they’re in, and so with that in mind, I decided to listen to a whole playlist devoted to just movie soundtrack songs.

Wednesday’s run was an 8-miler on the treadmill at the gym because it rained all day and didn’t stop until late Wednesday night. Except for a couple of duds, this playlist held my attention and kept me away from the treadmill boredom.

Elton John — Can You Feel the Love Tonight (The Lion King)

There’s going to be a theme of Disney movies throughout this playlist, so just get used to it. The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie (Up comes in a close second because I hate myself and love being sad 5 minutes into a movie) so even if this isn’t an ideal running song, I still enjoy it.


Grease — You’re the One That I Want (Grease)

I don’t think I’ve watched Grease from start to finish before. I’ve seen the end with this song, but I can’t recall ever sitting down and watching the whole movie straight through. Is that normal?


Imagine Dragons — It’s Time (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

I haven’t seen The Perks of Being a Wallflower — and I probably never will — so I was confused why Imagine Dragons started playing in my headphones. At least it wasn’t “Radioactive.”


The Jungle Book — The Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book)

The second Disney song in four tries. It’s been so long since I’ve watched The Jungle Book that I can’t say what it’s about and what the plot is. I know this song (because everyone knows this song) but that’s it.


Adele — Skyfall (Skyfall)

Yes, Adele won the Oscar for this song, and I realize I’m probably in the minority here, but I’m just not a big fan of her song. Skyfall the movie was fantastic, and paired together with the film’s opening credits, this song is great, but I don’t think it stands well on its own. The Academy tells me I’m wrong, though, so I can accept it.


Bob Seger — Old Time Rock & Roll (Risky Business)

Bob Seger’s song is a repeat from the Old Guy Radio Pandora station. And in that post, I said that I can’t, and really not many people can, hear this song and NOT think of Risky Business. So it was great that in the Movie Soundtrack station this song played. How perfectly fitting.


John Williams — Raiders of the Lost Ark Theme (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

By this time I’ve been running about 21 or 22 minutes and I’m starting mile 4, so my concentration and focus is waning. Then Pandora plays the Indiana Jones theme and redeems itself for all the other crap songs it’s played throughout this challenge. This song motivated me to keep running like I was Indy escaping Belloq and his band of Hovitos for taking their golden idol.


Kevin Spacey — Beyond the Sea (Beyond the Sea)

I had no idea this was Kevin Spacey until I got home and looked over the playlist. I knew he was on Broadway, but Frank Underwood can sing (though I have no idea what Beyond the Sea the movie is about).


Timon and Pumba — Hakuna Matata (The Lion King)

Another song from The Lion King. My favorite song from that movie isn’t “Hakuna Matata” or “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” but rather “Be Prepared,” sung by the antagonist Scar. Maybe it’s that I feel a special connection to the younger brother in the movie and how he gets screwed over by his older brother, or maybe it’s like I really enjoy Jeremy Irons’ voice (I quote Die Hard With a Vengeance too much for Katie), but I love that song.


Aerosmith — I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (Armageddon)

I won’t lie, I turned the volume up a lot when this song came on. Armageddon is a decent movie, screw the haters who say it sucks. But for some reason I really, really love this song.


Christina Perri — A Thousand Years (Breaking Dawn)

Now we enter the chick movie part of the Movie Soundtracks station.


Pitch Perfect — Bellas Regionals (Pitch Perfect)

A medley of “The Sign,” “Eternal Flame” and “Turn the Beat Around.” I didn’t hate the movie, but I could have done without this song.


Gary Jules — Mad World (Donnie Darko)

While I love Donnie Darko, Tear for Fears’ version of this song will always be my favorite.


Survivor — Eye of the Tiger (Rocky)

Pandora has been notorious for playing slower, less energizing songs at the end of the run, but not this time. It’s not the best Rocky song to work out to (Hello, Hearts on Fire), but it’s one that everyone can get pumped about when hearing. With football season two weeks away, I’ll be hearing this song a lot from LSU’s band, so it’s good to get this started.

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Behold the beard

Beard it up! (AP Photo)

Beware, PGA golfers. Your Tiger-free world is about to come crashing to a halt.

Sure, Tiger Woods hasn’t won a tournament in two years, he’s only played nine terrible holes of golf since the Masters and Rory McIlroy has established himself as golf’s new white knight. But this week at the AT&T National, Tiger unveiled his secret weapon to regaining his crown.

The beard.

Behold the wonder and majesty of the facial fur. It may not connect, but it isn’t a Texas beard with wide open spaces. This, faithful readers will propel him to the top again.

But why would Tiger, who once said on Twitter when asked why he doesn’t grow a full beard said “I can barely grow a goatee,” rock the bank robber look? Simple … Rocky 4.

I must break you

If you haven’t seen the movie, then leave this blog, never look back and stop being my friend because you’re obviously an idiot. If you have, here’s a recap…

After Rocky’s friend Apollo Creed dies at the hands of roided-up Russian Ivan Drago, Rocky moves to the Soviet Union to conduct awesome training montages and regain his boxing strength that so many people thought he had once lost. More importantly, Rocky also grew out a beard for his training.

Sexy time!!

The Rocky training beard is something near and dear to my heart. During my training for the triathlon last fall, I myself grew out an awesome, sexy beard that propelled me to finish the race. The Rocky beard is scientifically proven.

But the Tiger, Rocky connection doesn’t end with facial hair. During the movie, Rocky is overcome emotionally with the loss of his dear friend, an event that many wondered whether Rocky could overcome to win again?

Sound familiar? Like a recent divorce of a famous golfer?

Or what about the talk that Rocky was too old for the younger, physically superior Drago? Does it sound like the talk that Tiger has a new, young challenger in McIlroy who will destroy the once dominating golfer and keep Woods from claiming the all-time Major title record?

Sure, all this is circumstantial. Rocky is a movie and Tiger is real life. But Tiger’s beard is blurring those lines, and in the movies, experience always wins out.

Here’s how the rest of the golf season will play out: Tiger, while continuing to grow his facial hair, will miss the British Open but will come to Atlanta full of bearded energy and take the PGA Championship. Then it’s on to Augusta, then San Fransisco for the US Open, then Royal Lytham for the British Open, then South Carolina for the 2012 PGA, then Nicklaus’ record, then the White House, yeaahhhhhhhh!!

For now, though, Tiger needs to rest the knee, heel the Achilles and get the beard going full strength. Tiger will heal. His knee will get better. And when it does, with the Rocky beard, he will overcome his adversaries and get back to major victories.

And that will be a beard getting it done.

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