Pre-Fight Playlist

This playlist has a very different mood than the one I made for the Atlanta fight (which I need to post, I know). That one was all revved up and rocking, where for the last-minute exhibition fight with Bonnie I wanted to be calm and unruffled. So I gathered up some of my smoothest grooves and old favorites — the songs that always make me feel good and promise me everything will be okay.

It looks like a pretty bizarre mix, maybe, but every song on there is better than macaroni and cheese with extra cheese. Sheer comfort food for the heart.

I call this playlist The Unexpected Bell.

  1. Ace in the Hole / Paul Simon
  2. The Ballad of Curtis Loew / Lynyrd Skynyrd
  3. Birdland / The Manhattan Transfer
  4. Don’t Stop Me Now / Queen
  5. Dream On / Aerosmith
  6. Feel Like Making Love / Bad Company
  7. First Day of My Life / Bright Eyes
  8. Float On / Modest Mouse
  9. Four Brothers / Manhattan Transfer
  10. Girl / Destiny’s Child
  11. Girlshapedlovedrug / Gomez
  12. How the Heart Approaches What it Yearns / Paul Simon
  13. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction / The Rolling Stones
  14. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight / Bob Dylan
  15. I’mma Shine / YoungBloodZ
  16. It’s Your ThingĀ  / The Isley Brothers
  17. Late in the Evening / Paul Simon
  18. Life is a Highway / Tom Cochrane
  19. Only One / Jeremy Kay
  20. Rock You Hard This Christmas / The Dan Band
  21. Sail On / Commodores
  22. Stuck Inside of Mobile / Bob Dylan
  23. Turn the Page / Metallica

Image by Celine Nadeau

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2 Responses to Pre-Fight Playlist

  1. Pink Pearl December 18, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    This is an awesome playlist! (My boyfriend has been very into the Dan Band lately. I keep trying to get him to go to karaoke with me and sing “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.) I really ought to get into the pre-fight playlist habit myself. I was supposed to fight today and all I did to mentally psych myself up was listen to “Mama Said Knock You Out” like 43 times. And then the fight was postponed…so now I’ve got a month to think about the tunes that will get me into the right mindset. You’ve got awesome criteria here and judging from your account of the fight, it seemed to do the trick!

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe December 20, 2010 at 10:32 am #

      Hah! I love The Dan Band’s version of Total Eclipse of the Heart, too. Hell, I love all their stuff. But, you know, ’tis the season for Rock You Hard, and WHO, I ask you, can listen to that without getting a great big grin??

      Sorry about your fight not happening when you expected. My trainer says she had that happen more often than not, and it’s just another (annoying) part of boxing. It still sucks, tho, huh? Just when you thought you were going to get PIZZA the next day!

      Hey, I put you on my blogroll, and you gotta be sure and let me know when your fight happens — I’ll be glad to post your write up of the experience here if you like!

      Hang in there, Pink Pearl!

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