In Search of the ULTIMATE

Andy Luke
Monday, 3 September, 2012


Music has always played an integral part in my life.  I remember the Christmas I got my first ever personal stereo with Now 10 as my first ever album (on tape) – the headphones were never off my head.  During my teenage years I developed a taste for rock music and taught myself bass guitar.  I played in a band covering Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters songs, went to my first ever festival (Reading 95) and started attending numerous live gigs.  I was in my element. Jump forward five or ten years.  I’m still loving music but I’ve discovered my passion for running as well.  The amalgamation of the two is a fusion that’s kept me going over the years.  One vital piece of training equipment that I always have on hand is my MP3 player.  It’s nothing flash; in fact it’s a pretty old 512MB Creative Zen player.  I’ve had it for years and it’s survived some real soakings in the rain, being dropped on various occasions and even a spin in the washing machine but it’s never failed me.  

Running to the beat


I have an extremely varied taste in music so there’s a big mix on my Zen.  Primarily I’m into rock and metal.  The heavy stuff really gets the hairs on the back of my neck up.  If I’m out pounding the streets and beginning to lag, a good riff and a fast beat can really boost my performance.  The power chords of Machine Head, Killswitch Engage, Metallica, System of a Down and Foo Fighters, to name just a few, really inject some venom into my performance.  On the flipside I’m no stranger to electronic beats, loops and samples.  Anything by Skrillex is my favoured choice at the moment plus tunes from Knife Party, Netsky, Chase & Status and even some tunes from The Propeller Heads are still hanging in there. Old School Hip Hop, Gangster Rap, Trip Hop, Drum & Bass, Funk, House and Dub Step and even some classical pieces from original movie sound tracks all make the grade.  I’d go as far to say I’d listen to anything.  Apart from Country and Western as I’d rather bang a knitting needle into my ear with a toffee hammer.  

The ultimate playlist

  I’m currently in the midst of creating the ULTIMATE playlist.  One that is going to keep me fully charged and see me round the LadyBower 50.  The problem I have is that I’ve listened to so much music over the years when I’ve been out running, I’ve sickened myself of some of my favourite tunes by over-playing them.  I know it’s my own fault but eventually they seem to lose their effect on me and I end up flicking past them to the next track.
All is not lost though.  I’m finding I’m having inspirations everywhere at the minute so whenever I hear a new track I fancy adding or remember a blast from the past I get my phone out and add it to the playlist.  I’m aiming for 10 hours plus of music and I’ve currently got a fair way to go.  Maybe I’ll post the ULTIMATE in its entirety when I finally complete it.  We shall see.





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