Music

AM Workout: Tabata with Meditation Music From Nathan Speir

Part of a Kindly Plan - Nathan Speir

Originally posted at The Amelioration Project

A Tabata Workout Followed by the peaceful music of Nathan Speir

This morning I really did not feel like doing a full 60 minute workout. I seriously considered only doing a light yoga workout. But the. I thought maybe a short 20 minute Tabata workout. So I created one on the workout app that I use. It consisted of 8 – 20 second intervals followed by 10 second rest of the following

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (s) Playlist – Part Two

Play One More Tom Russell

Playlist Part 2  – Something Borrowed, Something Blue(s)

Starts with Something Borrowed – Tom Russell –  Play One More:The Songs of Ian & Sylvia

Yesterday, I posted the first half of my Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue (s)Playlist. You can read about it here. The second half of my playlist starts with “Something Borrowed”. What was borrowed were the songs that comprise the latest release from.Tom Russell. Russell borrowed twelve songs from Ian and Sylvia Tyson for an album aptly titled Play One More: The Songs  of Ian and Sylvia. According to his website…..

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Yesterday’s Travels Down Memory Roads leads to a New Playlist

Wetlands - Tab Benoit

Yesterday’s Travels Down Memory Roads Lead to a New Type of Playlist…..

Yesterday I went to get a used auto part for my car. In doing so I had to travel on a road that I probably traveled at least once a week for 30 some odd years to get to many a job site.

As the miles rolled by pieces of my life did to . There went one of the many houses that I designed the septic system for. There’s the field where we were going to dig test pits one day.Until the County Health inspector threatened to take my backhoe operator back in the woods and beat the crap out if him over same question about rights to hunt on some property, There went another field where I did a large number of hand auger. borings and percolation tests and the list went on as the miles went by……

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Morning Music: Phil Ochs and the States of Nixon and Trump

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Phil Ochs and “Here’s to the State of Mississippi “

As I have watched the unfolding of the events surrounding the President over the last few weeks the similarities to Trump and Nixon get stronger every day. These similarities led me to the songs of Phil Ochs. Well at least to one song “Here’s to the State of Mississippi”

Way back in the mid-60s during the height of the Civil Rights struggle many people were aghast at the actions of the people of Mississippi. Folksinger Phil Ochs responded through song and wrote the classic “Here’s to the State of Mississippi”. In the song Ochs sang….

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Sometimes a Looking Back Playlist, Makes Moving Forward More Fun!

Isle of View - Jimmie Spheeris

A Playlist Evolves From a Glimpse of Jimmie SpheerisIsle of View Album

As we evolve over time, sometimes we need to look back at old favorites, remembering what we liked in the past. Old favorites can always help us move forward in positive directions towards things we know we’ll like.

Tracks from Isle of View start a looking back playlist

With that in mind I caught a glimpse this morning of Jimmie Spheeris’ debut recording Isle of View amongst some old vinyl albums that are lying against one of my bookshelves. So I was soon off to Spotify to give the album a listen for the first time in a long time. i’m listening to track four “The Seeda of Spring” now. It has always been a favorite. Next up is “l am the Mercury” probably the best known track from the album and another favorite.

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A Night of Native American Flute Music

Feather Stone and Light - R Carlos Nakai - my favorite Native American Flute player

From Six of My Favorite Native American Flute Players

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R Carlos Nakai – Canyon Trilogy, Emergence, Feather, Stone and Light

R. Carlos Nakai‘s music leads off and ends this playlist. He is my favorite Native American flute player. The three albums that I have taken tracks from are among my favorites. They have all been soundtracks for yoga exercising and also helped to keep me sane during stressful times at work. What I really like about Nakai’s music is that he is alwaus changing things up. Some albums are solo, some are with Will Clipman and William Eaton. I have several of the albums that he recorded with pianist Peter Kater.

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A Slightly Different Morning Workout…..

Of Sea & Stars - Terra Guitarra

….With Some Great Music from Terra Guitarra and Joseph L. Young

The Morning Workout

So every non-Target working I try to do a workout that includes a tuning in warm up (Long Ek Ong Kar) followed by a 7:30 minute Kundalini and regular exercise set that includes

Lower spine flex
twists
side bends
shoulder shrugs
head rolls
alternating knee to chest
alternating leg raises
double leg lifts with a 5 lb exercise ball
arm lifts – on back legs at 90 to floor and extend up arms with the 5 lb ball (lifting head also)
bicycle
pick me up (butt raises)
expand and contract legs with legs on 45 degree angle

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A Great Run and Go Occupy Philadelphia!

Ok so the schedule looks like this: a tempo 4 mile run today – off Tuesday, a slow run on Wednesday two days off and 5K Saturday. So I set out tonight with the iPod on shuffle and genre the blues! Lots of the tracks on the soundtrack were from bands I hadn’t heard for a while so that was good, but the run was better. I hit the first mile mark in 9:13 which was about 25 seconds faster than normal! I made the 2 mile mark at 18:22 again substantially under what I had been running but could I keep it up a 9:25 and 9:19 final mile, made the answer pretty much, yes. Total time 37:06! Damn almost broke 37 minutes, I haven’t done that since August of last year!! And the time then was 36:53 so I’m not that far away! So here’s the soundtrack:

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Sunday Reads – 10/9/11 – Back to the Future!

Think Progress: Lee Fang: Rep. Peter King (R-NY): Do Not Allow Any Legitimacy For Wall Street Protests, Or It Will Be Like 1960s Again

Ah, we can only hope that legitmacy comes to the movement and the US starts to move in the right directions away from the corporate rule whe’re seeing today. At the end of the article there’s a list of things that the ’60s brought us. Let’s see what those ’00s brought us!

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Life’s Soundtrack for a 10 K Run!

So next week I am running a 5K in Delanco so today I decided to go for a long run today. I mapped out a 10-K course around Riverside and Delran. The route has a couple of hills in the first 2.5 miles and then is fairly flat with some long straight streets. I ran the first couple of miles in around 9:30 pace and then around 9:55 or 10.00 for the last 4 miles overall it was a 9:46 per mile pace!

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