I've been working on my San Francisco Marathon playlist. I was actually going to use my 22-mile playlist and add some songs to it but I've listened to that playlist a few times since then, and I think I'm going to want something fresh for San Fran.
If you've followed this blog for any stretch of time, you know how much I enjoy my music and know how much I put into my music. Especially playlists. I always want the right mix, the perfect mix, of slow and fast songs, of songs that will give me a boost at the start of the race, help me get through the middle miles and give me a bit of rage when I need it at the end.
Another thing I like to do with my playlists is to pay homage. I put Sonic Youth's Pacific Coast Highway when I ran Surf City since that course went on PCH. I listened to a Christmas song for my 15K last December, the Loper Holiday Classic (that song also served as a tribute to blog buddy Kerrie T. who had been running to Christmas music at the time).
So now that I'm going to run a race in San Francisco, I wanted to pay homage to San Francisco.
I have a few songs already on my playlist. I just got into a group named Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and they're from San Francisco, so I'll toss some of their songs on the playlist. I also have one Journey song in my collection, and Journey is from San Fran, so there it goes. One really cool thing I have is an entire Metallica concert from a show they performed in San Francisco way back in 1982. It's one of several free shows Metallica has on their site, LiveMetallica.com. I'm not sure if I'll listen to the whole show or not - it's just eight songs and 40 minutes long since it was very early in their career - but at worst I'll have Phantom Lord, Jump In The Fire and Seek & Destroy on there.
But I don't know what other songs to throw on there. Anyone have any suggestions of either songs about San Francisco or songs by artists who are from San Francisco?
Mrs. LB suggested a Tony Bennett song called San Francisco but it's too slow.
Anyway, let me know if you've got any suggestions for songs that fit the theme, or any kinds of new songs you've heard recently you think I might like. If they have Simon beats, though, forget it...
Also, one song I've already bought and will throw on the playlist is this one, San Francisco by Scott McKenzie. This song is played often at Disney's California Adventure, and while it took me a while to figure out the name of this song but I did and bought it. The song's a little cheesy but it grows on you.