One of our favorite things to do on the blog is share products that we love. Let me introduce you to RockMyRun.
This is hands down one of my favorite running apps. I have a lot of music on my iPhone but sometimes I just want to mix it up. This is where RockMyRun comes in. They have millions (maybe not that many) of playlists featuring every genre imaginable. You can filter by genre, time, BPM and length of workout. I am totally motivated my music so having upbeat fun songs to listen to helps me push myself a little harder. Plus it gives me access to songs that I wouldn’t normally purchase.
Mixes are available for streaming if you have WiFi or unlimited data. Or you can download them to your phone and have access to them whenever you want. They have two different levels of membership. Here is the explanation according to their website.
RockMyRun offers two tiers of memberships: Standard (free) and Premium. Standard memberships have access to standard mixes, get 1 download of any standard mix per month and unlimited listening to standard mixes in the RockMyRun app.
Premium memberships come in 3 lengths: monthly, quarterly and annually. With a premium membership you get access to ALL the mixes available at RockMyRun. You receive a number of downloads based on the length of the membership: 3 downloads per month for monthly, 9 downloads per quarter for quarterly and 36 downloads per year for annual. These downloads do not roll over to the next month – they are use or lose.
If you happen to be looking for some new jams for your workout, you may want to check out this app. If you see me dancing as I’m running down the street, you’ll know what I’m listening to.
RockMyRun didn’t pay us to say nice things about them. We just dig the app and thought you might too.
There has always been a little place in my heart that loves country music. I was able to spend the last week in Jackson Hole Wyoming with Ben’s family. One of the favorite traditions we maintain is a night at the Bar J Ranch. If you’ve never been there it is a working ranch that provides dinner and entertainment every night during the summer. The entertainment is a 5 piece string band that plays classic western tunes. People . . . it is steak and a banjo. They fly a Texas flag. My son dances and claps in the aisle. They play the songs that my Grandma LaRue played while I was growing up. It’s heaven on a cattle ranch.
However, while i love country music and i have a special place in my heart of Western music, I have a confession. I love “Hipster Country”. Maybe it is because I live in Austin or maybe it is just that there are so many fantastic artists out there right now. But I really really LOVE “Hipster Country”.
I’m not sure if this is really a genre but that is what Ben calls is. I like to think of it as a blend of folk, country and southern rock. Since I think we might have made up the genre, I get to decide who falls into this category, right?
So here are a couple of bands that I would definitely include:
The Avett Brothers – “Pretty Girl from Michigan” is one of my favorites. It is super chill and lilting and full of country heart break. I also like “The Tin Man”.
The Court Yard Hounds – Made up of the two sisters from The Dixie Chicks. They have a fantastic album. I particularly love “See You in The Spring” that features Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers. Love the harmonies and the emotion of the chorus. Plus, I love the Dixie Chicks, so there ya go.
Green River Ordinance – A Texan band. Listen to “Dancing Shoes” and try not to think of that fabulous time when you are just falling in love. Also they funded an album on Kickstarter. Love that.
Band of Horses – I think they totally qualify as Hipster Country. However, Ben does not. He says they ate rock/folk. Since it is my post, I’m including them. Ben loves “No One’s Gonna Love You” which means I also absolutely love it because I like to think that he is thinking of me when he listens to it.
The Gabe Dixon Band – The band itself is fantastic but to make it even better, Gabe released a solo album that features Alison Krauss, the queen of hipster country .
The Decemberists – “All Arise”. There’s a banjo. Need I say more? Ben always says, “Those kids who learned to play the banjo in the late nineties are feeling pretty good about that choice these days.”
ABC’s Nashville. Particularly Clarie Bown and Sam Palladio – I may be more than a little obsessed with this show. Next season there will be a weekly recap. Listen to “I Will Fall.” Then go give your honey a kiss. If you don’t have one, maybe just go kiss a cute stranger. However, I’m not responsible if you get slapped.
Obviously there are numerous others like,The Civil Wars and The Lumineers. My 4 year old says “Ho Hey” is our song. So in the interest of sharing my “Hipster Country” love with the world I’ve put together a Spotify playlist. Many of my picks have been around for a couple of years but they are totally worth a listen. I’ve also included some old-school country. Dolly, Patsy, Willie and Hank all make an appearance.
Let me know if you think I’ve missed anyone important! Especially if it involves a banjo.
Something you might not know about my husband is that he is a secret hipster. Hipster in that somehow he finds music way before anyone (me) has ever heard of it. But not crazy obscure bands**. Like normal bands that you might actually listen to. The man has great taste in music. (His running playlist is much less embarrassing than mine.) So when he sends me something, I know it is going to be good.
Enter Lorde, a 16-year-old from New Zealand. This girl is something else. She is blowing up in New Zealand and Ben says she is just starting to get some attention here in the states. You should pay attention. We’ve decided she’s kind of a cross between M.I.A. and Adele. How’s that for random comparisons?
Her first album became available on iTunes back in March. Five songs worth of greatness. Royal and The Love Club are my favorites so far. Here is the video for Royals. Check it out. You can thank Ben when she gets big and you can say, “Oh yeah, I started listening to her waaaaaay before she was popular.”
**Also, while we are on the topic of hipsters and their crazy obscure bands, check out Jimmy Kimmel’s “Lie Witness News” that he did at Coachella a couple weeks ago. Hysterical. I’m so embarrassed for these people it almost hurts! Favorite quote: “I used to spin them all the time.” Ouch.
Sarcasm aside, kudos to you if those are your thing. Me, well, I’m just trying to turn the dial from “sedentary” to “light physical activity”, and the less foofarah the better, I say. Luckily, my friend Lori sensed that I, like she, both hated running and felt a need to actually do it. A few weeks ago she approached me about doing the “Couch to 5k” app regimen with her, trading off on watching each other’s children. How could I say no? But oh, does misery love company, and it wasn’t too long before Tracey was roped in, too, so that now we all — in very theoretical theory — should be ready to run a 5k sometime this summer. Theoretically.
And hey, I’m doing it. I’m sorry if you were looking for some huge affirmation of, “Oh mylanta, people! Running is the most fulfilling thing and I now run barefoot and I will run 9 marathons in my life and endorphins!” I’m just not that person. Certainly not yet anyway. Again, props to you if you are. Sincerely. But I will say this: I’m glad I’m doing it. I do it in the mornings, and I do feel better throughout the day. I like having that time to myself, and I like getting outside more. I like the idea of making my body stronger and more capable, and I like setting goals to try new things with that stronger, more capable body. I like the simplicity of it, too; just get up, go.
But perhaps my favorite part is the music.
The music gives me more of a mood boost than the running, I think, and I love being able to have a solid half hour to just listen. I love moving steadily along with the beat, feeling connected to it. And I love bobbing my head without reservation when Jesse McCartney comes on, because how can you not?
So, here are a few standouts from my current playlist that I would certainly recommend you incorporate into yours. The full list is pictured above, and Tracey has graciously shared her sweet tunes as well, pictured below. (And Erika has a new phone, so she doesn’t have much to share right now, but she wants you to know that you can bet JT is on there, and for good reason.)
Go Do – Jonsi
I’ve mentioned this song on the blog before, but I’ll be darned if it wasn’t tailor-made for running. Even a grouchy runner like me lifts up her head, puts a spring in her step, and pushes herself just a little further. If you add no other, add this one.
One Day Like This – Elbow
A wake-you-up yet still relaxing song that has one of those fist-pumping builds at the end to make you feel like you’re running dramatically in slow motion. (Or just slowly in slow motion. That would be me. Have I made that clear yet?)
Learnalilgivinanlovin – Gotye
It doesn’t get more upbeat than this. Push play, and feel the energy coursing from your headphones, delivered with a smile. You’re welcome.
Hey Ya! – The Blanks
Note the artist here, because this is most certainly a cover. And don’t get me wrong, the original is great to run to — see Tracey’s below for proof — but I am sort of hilariously obsessed with low-key music. In fact, you’ll see that much of the stuff I run to most humans would never consider workout-worthy. However, I really find that having soothing music interspersed with the more high energy stuff helps me feel more like I’m doing something relaxing and fun rather than grueling. So, if that sounds like something that appeals to you, check out this (mostly) acapella cover from The Blanks.
As promised, here’s Tracey’s current running playlist. My faves? Wouldn’t It Be Nice so awesome! — and If I Can’t Have You. Plus, while texting back and forth about this, we agreed that The Killers’ All These Things That I Have Done is a gem for running (it’s on her other workout playlist, in fact,) but really, most Killers stuff is a gem for anything.
Uninvited comment from Tracey: Please take note of Grace Potter’s “Something That I Want” at the very end of my playlist. Yes, that is the song from Tangled. Lemme tell ya, this is the only way I get through the last 2 minutes and 43 seconds of my run. Because something that I want, at that point, is to be DONE. It is happy, upbeat and inspiring. I dare you not to feel motivated listening to this song. Tracey out.
So yes, there should be more than enough there for the fellow fitness novices out there who are looking to expand their music library. What are some tunes that get you motivated to move? Any that are super embarrassing? Do tell.