I started thinking about my “go to” music playlist after reading an article on Seahawks.com. One of the newer members of the team, running back Freddy Jackson, offered up the five songs that get him pumped up for game time.
Jackson, who will wear no. 22, likes a bit of variety with his pregame routine, incorporating a healthy mix of hip-hop and rock-and-roll. What it takes to get the blood flowing.
1. Can’t be Touched – Body Head Bangerz
2. Pledge Allegiance – T.I. feat. Rick Ross
3. My Name – Xzhibit feat. Eminem & Nate Dogg
4. Centuries – Fall Out Boy
5. Same Damn Time (Remix) – Future feat. Diddy, Ludacris
I started thinking about the music I listen too. What inspires me for game time? True, I don’t have to hit the field running and face off against opponents looking to wipe me out. However, my muse can dodge tackles or run down the clock like the best of them.
I think my playlist is really about establishing the start time for unleashing my creative juices. It is a signal that says, “Here we go. It’s go time.” A few songs, some air drumming and my muse decides to slip into the driver seat. It’s my writing ritual.
So, in honor of Jackson’s list and the start of NFL, here five songs from my my “get pumped, get writing” list (links to YouTube songs/videos):
- More Than a Feeling – Boston
- She Said – Unwritten Law
- Diddley Daddy – Chris Issac
- Ain’t Waitin – Justin Townes Earl
- Rolling All Night – Terminal Station
It’s a friendly mix of rock, country, blues and classics. It’s mostly about the stories told in the songs.
What gets you pumped? Ready to tackle your day? Do you have a playlist? Should you?