30 Day Music Challenge: Day 4

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 4

A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget about

You know, I just don’t have many people in my life or had previously in my life that I’d rather forget about. All interactions, mistakes, victories are learning opportunities. Every. Single. One. I can think of some things, some people that are better left in the past, but honestly, I generally think these things shouldn’t be “forgotten” per se. So this one was difficult.

Were the challenge SOMETHING I’d like to forget, I’d have put Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” here, as he was the half time entertainment for the Patriots/Giants Superbowl with the “Helmet Catch”…you know what I’m talking about. No bueno.

But it’s not SOMETHING. It’s someone…and “Someone” is not specified as a “non-fiction someone.”
Here it is, a song that reminds me of someone I’d rather forget.
“Easy Street” The Collapsable Hearts Club Featuring Jim Bianco & Petra Haden

Wisdom of Crowds picks:

Mack the Knife” Bobby Darin

Big Girls Don’t Cry” Fergie

Norwegian Wood” The Beatles

Paper Wings” Gillian Welch

They’ll Need a Crane” They Might Be Giants

Fairytale of New York” The Pogues

Love Removal Machine” The Cult

You Oughta Know” Alanis Morrisette

Path of Thorns” Sarah McLaughlin

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30 Day Music Challenge: Day 3

Ooops. I’ve slacked off posting my updates.  Sorry for that.

Day 3: A Song That Reminds you of Summertime.

This one was hard. On the one hand I don’t feel like summer has started until I hear “Margaritaville” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3H…) on the radio, but when I’m hanging on Revere Beach, I only want to hear “Summertime Girls” by Y&T, because I’m an 80’s kid…so Y&T it is today.

Wisdom of Crowds picks:

Saturday In The Park” Chicago

School’s Out” Alice Cooper

Summertime”  DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Cruel Summer” Bananarama

Summer Wind” Frank Sinatra

Summer Song” Joe Satriani

At The Beach” Avett Brothers

Summertime Rolls” Jane’s Addiction

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 2

Day 2: A song you like with a number in the title
“99 Problems” Jay Z

Wisdom of Crowds Selections:

One Minute More” Capital Cities

99 Miles to LA” Art Garfunkel

1999” Prince

No. 29” Steve Earle & The Dukes

9 Tonight” Bob Seger

99” Toto

Ol ’55” Tom Waits

#41” Dave Matthews Band

Three Little Birds” Bob Marley

25 or 6 to 4” Chicago

32 Flavors” Ani DiFranco

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Gimme Three Steps” Lynyrd Skynyrd

867-5309/Jenny” Tommy Tutone

68 Guns” The Alarm

88 Lines About 44 Women” The Nails

76 Trombones” from “The Music Man”

When I’m 64” The Beatles

Summer of 69” Bryan Adams

In the Year 2525” Zager & Evans

Song 2” Blur

1979” Smashing Pumpkins

Love Potion #9” The Searchers

The Eleven” The Grateful Dead

One Week” Barenaked Ladies

Magnificent 7” The Clash

One” Metallica

Rainy Day Women # 12 and 35” Bob Dylan

Forty Six and 2” Tool

A Million Miles Away” The Plimsouls

1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin New)” Coolio

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” The Proclaimers

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 1

Day 1:  A song you like with a color in the title.

My Selection: “Blue Morning, Blue Day” Foreigner.

The Wisdom of Crowds Selections:

The Lady In Red” Chris DeBurgh

Purple Haze” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes”  Elvis Costello

Black Hole Sun” Soundgarden

Grey Street” Dave Matthews Band

Tangled Up In Blue” Bob Dylan

Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” Crystal Gayle

Big Yellow Taxi” Sarah McLaughlin

Blue Sky” Allman Brothers Band

True Blue” Madonna

“Back In Black” AC/DC

Last Caress/Green Hell” Misfits

30 Day Music Challenge

I’m doing this ridiculous little challenge on Facebook, and I love the interaction it’s generating.  Each day for the next 30, I’ll post the aggregated results for the days challenge.  There’s no explanation required so don’t look for one, just a song that matches the day’s theme.   And of course, since this is a blog, it’s a whole lot easier to navigate than a Facebook post at various other points.

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I hope you have fun!

Day 1 – “Blue Morning, Blue Day” Foreigner

Day 2“99 Problems” Jay Z

Day 3 – “Summertime Girls” Y&T

Day 4 – ““Easy Street” The Collapsable Hearts Club Featuring Jim Bianco & Petra Haden

Day 5 – “Rock N Roll” Motorhead

Day 6 – “Move This” Technotronic

Day 7 – “Radar Love” Golden Earring

Day 8 – “Suicide Solution” Ozzy Osbourne

Day 9 – “Where the Boat Leaves From” Zac Brown Band

Day 10 – “Mad World” Gary Jules

Day 11 – “I Wanna Get Better” The Bleachers

Day 12 – “Centerfold” J Geils Band

Day 13 – “More Than A Feeling” Boston

Day 14 – “Lowrider” War

Day 15 – “Brown Eyed Girl” Jimmy Buffett

Day 16 – Ode To Joy (Vocal) From Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125

Day 17 – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” Elton John & Kiki Dee

Day 18 – “War” Edwin Starr

Day 19 – “The living Years” Mike + The Mechanics

Day 20 – “Tenderness” General Public

Day 21 –  “Delaney Talks To Statues” Jimmy Buffett

Day 22 –  “Hardwired” Metallica

Day 23 – “Life in a Northern Town” Dream Academy

Day 24 –  “Anarchy In The UK” Sex Pistols

Day 25 – “Delirious” Prince

Day 26“Come Monday” Jimmy Buffett

Day 27 – “Seasons in the Sun” Terry Jacks

Day 28 – “I Will Always Love You” Whitney Houston

Day 29 – “Little Nash Rambler” The Playmates

Day 30 – “American Idiot” Green Day

Puzzles and Time Travel: 3 Minutes with the Class of 2021.

I’ve not only been honored to be elected to my community’s school committee, I’ve been honored to have been elected by that committee to be it’s vice-chair.  By the time they were my age, both John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton were President of the United States, and I’m pretty sure Barack Obama was running for said office when he was my age if not already President.  In other words, I’m not putting on airs that School Committee is the be all end off of public life or of  honors.

I can’t imagine running for nor serving in another capacity than this.

As part of my role as Vice Chair, it’s my responsibility to act as counter balance to the chair.  Where he delivers the School Committee address to our graduating seniors, the Vice Chair addresses the 8th Graders moving up to High School.

As such, I’ve struggled with what I’m to say for several (read here, approximately 48) weeks, but I’ve finally put together the message I’m delivering our 8th graders…the purpose of this post is to share it with you.

It begins thus:

A few weeks ago, the class of 2017 graduated high school.  The class president’s speech drew an allusion to the class members as puzzle pieces, having spent their school career coming together as one, all held tightly together by each other, ultimately now to come apart to discover how they could now join other puzzles

Graduation is a time of reflection back on the previous four years with gratitude, with fondness   perhaps and with accomplishment:  “You’ve done it!” “A job well done.”  “Onward and upward to better things.”

Today, you’re taking the first step toward that day. Four years from now, you’ll be looking back at this day and all the days between.

You have before you the opportunity to build great things, achieve great things, learn great things, and most importantly become the full expression of your potential.

THIS  is the day you start that narrative, THIS is the day you start the work you will be celebrating on a June evening four years from now.

As Vice Chair of our School Committee, my job here today is to welcome you to  High School, and that I do.   There will be opportunity here that you have only thought about.

  • If you see the opportunity to fill need, be a leader and fill it.
  • If you see the opportunity to participate, be a community member and join it.
  • If you see the opportunity to learn and experience new things, be the student you can be and learn it.

In the next four years, you will become adults.  You will emerge from this place different people than who you are now.  High School is an amazing, transformative experience where you will learn just how you fit together with others.

A puzzle is a great metaphor for the next four years – it’s not an easy or clear cut path finding out how the pieces come together, but eventually through trial and error, they do.  There will be fits and starts, missteps and times where the pieces just do not fit.  It can be messy.

But keep working at it.

It takes work to complete, and when it’s done   it’s truly a job well done.

Congratulations on the completion of your elementary and Middle school experiences.  Onward and upward to better things.  Take the opportunity in front of you – This is the day the puzzle begins to come together for the class of 2021.

Races vs. Miles

In 2016, I ran 66 races.  It started as a stretch goal, and built as I went along.  I built a plan of 46 races for my 46 years, but I hit race 46 in August, and went from there.

For the first half of the year, the majority of races were 5ks.  Twice, I ran three races in a weekend.  It seemed pretty badass at the time.

My real mission there was to keep reinforcing my newfound interest in fitness.  Have a race/fitness plan, and work it.  In response to a friend asking me why, I said I was the youngest I was ever going to be.  And thus I did it.

I took few chances.  The Ragnar Relay in May 2016 was a bit of a chance in that I was saying I’ll run 16 miles in 24 hours, something I’d never done, but other than that it wasn’t a stretch goal  The real goal was getting the number in.  That would require being injury free.  And I was.

In October, I ran my first half marathon after an entire week of preparation.

I lost exactly no races to injury.  None.

In 2017 I decided to change up.  Last year I found myself focused on the NUMBER of races, and I got those in.  Hell, I destroyed the goal by 150%.  This year I decided on miles.  Training miles.  Racing miles.  Whatever.  I promised myself I would try things I could fail at.  In January, I DNF’d for the very first time, but it was gratifying.

I COULD have finished, but there was a Nor’Easter blowing in.  It took me twice as long to drive home as it did to drive there.  The trail was covered in ice and snow.  The better part of valor, though, was to say, I’m out.

Sure, this year I’ve run 5ks.  Did pretty good at them too!  But this was the year I was doing distance.  On January 1, I ran a 5-Mile Race.  Then 15k, a combination 13.1, , 10 miler…a 50k…that this time I did finish.  A Ragnar Ultra team.  It’s been amazing.

Last weekend I ran the hardest race I’ve ever run.  It was truly a race that I wasn’t sure that I would be able to finish (One of my goals for the year was to do things I wasn’t sure I’d finish).  6000′ of elevation gain over 31+ miles.  4/5 stars difficulty, technical, and the like.  It was no joke.

I completed it.  My second ultramarathon this year…my second ultramarathon ever.  It wasn’t fast, it wasn’t competitive, it wasn’t pretty.  But I finished.

But I broke my foot.

This past week has been tough.  I’ve been largely sedentary, my toe hurts like a mother.  I mean, bad.  I’ve been to the E/R, I’ve been to the hospital, I’ve had no less than 7 X-rays on it, I’m scheduled for a CT scan and surgery next week.  It’s FUBAR and bad.  That race will cost me no less than 3 more races.  I insist it was 100% the right decision to push through and complete the race, but I’m disappointed that I can’t work my plan.

My friends all had wonderful and kind things to say to me about my race total goal last year.  By the end, I was dismissing their kind words with disclaimers such as “they’re mostly 5k’s…” or “my time wasn’t that good…”

Boy was I wrong, and here’s why.  You have to maintain health and physical ability to be able to run a race total goal.  My 2017 goal was miles – I’m likely to hit that goal, even though I’m likely to wind up out of commission for a month.  If I had taken a month out of my running schedule last year, I may not have hit my goal – July 2016 represented no less than 11 races alone.

66 races in a calendar year – more than 70 if I was holding to my February-January year – was a feat not because of the difficulty of the race, but because of the difficulty of staying healthy over that period of time.

As I now nurse my foot, and pinkie toe the size of my thumb that’s preventing me from participating my favorite races – a Spartan race and a fundraising triathlon – I have to remind myself that yeah, 66 races is pretty badass.

With my one race last Saturday, I equalled 10 of my 2016 races – One 50k vs. 10-5k’s, but they’re different races with different skill sets.  My goal this year is mileage, but the importance of acknowledging what’s been accomplished remains huge.  I’m racking up miles this year – and I’ll be hitting hit more than ever once I’m recovered –  but one can rack up a lot of miles pretty quickly.  To hit X number of races over a year requires stamina, but also staying power.

Lesson learned.  Staying power, doing those weekly 5k every Saturday is important.  It means you’ve made it through another week.  That you’ve outlasted everyone else sleeping in.

The number, then, is just as important as the mileage.  Don’t belittle your accomplishments, no matter how small.  There’s a lot that goes into every single one.  Take none of it for granted.