Hi ICI/PRO members. Amy here with my first attempt at a Friday Favorite, so please go easy on me.
Believe it or not, one of my favorite ways to try new music and listen to new bands, is to go to the library (I know, right?) and surf through the CD”™s on the shelves. Not only does it force me to grab unusual artist”™s names, but also CD titles that I would probably never take the time to peruse on the web. Then I listen to them in the car and download them onto my computer at my leisure . Best of all, it”™s not $.99 a song, it”™s FREE and I can save my money for another new pair of shoes! (Sorry guys, but it”™s the truth).
One of the bands I have grown to love from this experience is Mute Math. I know many of you already use them because they have come up a few times on the Top 210 list Barbara is compiling, but for my virgin experience here, I am going to highlight my current favorites from this band off their self-titled CD MuteMath:
“You Are Mine”4:44: I am listening to it as I type this and it “gets me” every time. It is ethereal and gripping and I use it as a recovery, almost flat, road in the middle of my ride, after a hard climb. RPM:76
“Control”4:39: I love this song for climbing. RPM:72. I have my class stay in the saddle , and then get out to climb when the music surges at 2:12. I cue to “stay relaxed, breath and drop your shoulders”, when the music quiets at 3:05 and hit it again at 3:20.
“Reset” 5:26: I am stoked about this song! I needed a completely instrumental song for a video I am shooting this week and this is it baby! RPM: 90. The absolute perfect warm up song, because we do a lot of talking in the first few minutes of our class and it is nice to not have to talk over lyrics.
Other goodies on this CD I just haven”™t used yet:
“Stallout” 7:10 RPM 88
“Noticed” 4:30 RPM 84 Energetic flat, with some room for load building
“Plan B” 4:47 RPM 64
“Break the Same” 6:00 RPM
100 Feels like a good sprint, break away to me
“Picture 19” 5:26 RPM 76 Nice easy does it climb
So, there you go. Not bad….8 really good, not just adequate, tunes off one CD. And you can reserve it FREE at your local library, or just download the 8 great tracks and not get any shoes. Enjoy and remember…. go easy on me.
I prefer the path where she gets new shoes 😉 John
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Thanx Amy, MuteMath is new to me too. As I am listening to these I am getting all kinds of ideas. I’ll be using them next week. I am work, so I marked the CD in Emusic to download later; like tonight.
John you are a wise man!;-)
Amy, I LOVE this group! Thank you! We talked about the library option while at Keystone last week and it is a great idea. I am going there today to get my next bookclub book, so I’ll check out their music collection. I hope they have this one.
this is so awesome. I just played this yesterday thinking I might use it. Now its confirmed I am going for it. Thanks Amy!
Thanks Amy…I especially like Control… couldn’t wait to get to the library, I had to download it right away… no new shoes for me.
Thanks you guys. I am very glad you like them! I am going to order some of their newer stuff too. This CD is 2006. I have downloaded 40 CD’s in the last two days. We have a foot of snow coming tomorrow, so I will have some time to categorize them into climbs/flats/intros/cool downs, etc. over the weekend. Then they are somewhat ready to go when I need a new class.
Hooray! I use the library a lot too–thanks for pointing out this great resource. 🙂
You’re welcome Shari. I forgot about the library for a long time and then realized I was spending a lot of money on itunes and on entire CD’s when I was only using one or two tracks. Plus, it makes me go out of my comfort zone, because they don’t usually have bands I am familiar with on the shelves.
Amy, thank you for this band! They are awesome! Also I go to the library all the time to get books and dvds, I would of never thought CDs for my classes! Genius! I love finding new ways to do things the free legal way so thank you!
One of the best things about ICI/PRO is it’s openness-actually I think it is the best thing. The norm in the fitness industry is nobody shares ideas. It’s always hush, hush. Pretty sure if you live in another town or state or country for that fact you are not my competition. Even if you work in the same area I just want you to find a place that suits your needs.
Thanks for sharing some new music and your thoughts on the music. Love the idea of using the library.
Dane, I’m always amazed at how protective some instructors are of their music and profiles. But perhaps that’s because I have never taught in a hugely competitive market of a big city except to present workshops.
And one thing that always confounded me was how protective some Master Instructors are about their information and music. Many of them are incredibly sharing – or at least, at WSSC many have been.
But those who aren’t are confusing to me.
I don’t understand it either. I want to make a difference by teaching people to exercise. I don’t even care how they do it as long as they do it safely. That being said if I have a safe practice that motivates folks let’s get it out there.
I couldn’t agree more Dane and Jennifer. In fact, I just copied three of my rides for a fellow instructor yesterday. He may just use some of the songs, and certainly will make the rides his own, but why not? I sure would appreciate another instructor doing that for me!
Along the same thoughts, I used a great series of moves in my Pilates class today that I learned while taking another instructor’s class. It’s all about sharing and learning and getting better and passing it along to our members. At least it should be.