Just Hit Play

A weekly series where you’ll find a handful of songs to add to your workout playlist. 

It’s another Monday, which means another installment of JHP. I try to bring a variety of music to this segment, so what you end up getting is one or two “normal” songs, when you think about typical workout music, AND a couple others that either are probably new to you or songs that you might not consider something you can workout to.

Also, if anyone has a better suggestion on how I can embed or link music, please please let me know, cause right now I’m just pasting in pics and Youtube videos. Alright, let’s get to it.

The Black Keys — Gold On the Ceiling

If I’m doing a longer distance, lower intensity cardio like a run or bike ride, these guys can really help pass the time. I love their sound, and while 94% of their songs don’t have the intensity for, say, a P90X workout, they’re great for when I can just go on auto-pilot on a run, tune out the World, and listen to some good bluesy rock.


Ahhh…the ’87 Dodge Caravan with the wood paneling…was a finer automobile ever created?

Oh yeah, back to the music…Gold On the Ceiling just so happens to be the current Black Keys song on my running playlist, but you can pretty much pencil in any of their work. GOtC has a nice shuffle to it. Check it out:

Konshens — Jamaican Dance

One of those borderline workout songs I alluded to, this one works for me when I use the power of imagination. This song comes on my shuffle when I’m out for a run and I teleport myself to a sandy beach in the Caribbean with a cool breeze blowing, kids playing soccer with a ratty old ball, palm trees for their goals, and wild roosters running around. It’s that care-free island living, where people dance even when music isn’t playing.


Variety is good, especially on an hour long run, and this song definitely provides that. The only reggae-ish song I own (admittedly, it’s way more pop than reggae), it’s very catchy and wakes me up when my mind is going numb from staring straight ahead and putting one foot in front of the other over and over and over and over and over and over and over….yeah I don’t like running…

The White Stripes — I’m Slowly Turning Into You (Live)

On my P90X playlist, this is one of those angry songs that can really motivate. It’s got that live energy of the crowd, Meg pounding on the drums, and Jack shredding on the guitar and yelling at me. It takes awhile to build, but by the end I just want to punch something or run through a wall.

Here’s the clip from the documentary, Under Great White Northern Lights (a good doc, btw, if you’re a White Stripes fan)


We Were Promised Jetpacks — Quiet Little Voices

OK, first off…best band name ever. Mookie Blaylock is a close second.

So these guys are an indie punk band out of Scotland, put out their first album in ’09, but I only learned of them recently when they came up on a pandora station of mine.

And their song Quiet Little Voices is a two-wayer for me. I could listen to this as a power song on a run or I could have it in my P90X playlist and crank out some pullups to it.

Here’s them singing the song live in London. Caution: a little bit of bad language when talking to the crowd, but the lyrics are clean


We’ll call it good for this edition of JHP. Come back next week for some more suggestions.

Be well, y’all.


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