A sonic exercise aid
Summer is my favorite season in New Mexico—it's hot in the daytime, it cools off at night and there are relatively few stinging insects here to pester you. These climate conditions afford my appendages freedom from the chaffing, constricting fabrics that sheath them in the cold months. On weekends in the summer, I like to lounge around outside wearing floral swimsuits, shiny high heels and oversized cheap sunglasses (and an abundance of high SPF sunblock, of course). This activity is often paired with drinks and smooth, dreamy music. Yacht rock and sparkling wine go great with sunshine.
Unfortunately, I have an insatiable fondness of French fries and cooking with butter and cream. Aside from the pursuit of general health, in order to justify forking over hundreds for swimwear every spring, I require at least a couple of hours of aerobic exercise weekly. Recently, while parked on an elliptical machine, half-reading about stewardess-inspired ensembles in some lady-mag, I realized the mixes stored in my iPhone all sucked for working out. "I Want Candy" by faux-Aussie '60s group The Strangeloves was playing. While this is an excellent song with a dancey Bo Diddley beat, it wouldn't provoke anyone to stand up straight, tighten their abs and really work for a bangin' pair of thighs.
Music is a workout motivator second only to the thought of looking svelte and fabulous in swimwear. I realize it's a shallow notion, but vanity is a fact of life. In any case, I needed a collection of tracks with more—as some DJ-types say—BPMs. "Call On Me" by Eric Prydz is the perfect example (to fully understand why, you have to watch its ridiculous, soft-porn jazzercise parody video: see embedded video). And if not BPMs, then songs that convey a feeling of glory or the spirit of winning. So I made a mix of my old dance party favorites that doesn't involve the shudder-inducing sonic foolishness often found on other workout mixage. The songs below comprise more than an hour of music that will pump you up.