MUSIC PLAYLIST ASSISTANCE
RUNNING, WALKING, CYCLING MUSIC: the usual PLUS GOSPEL, HALLOWEEN, DISNEY, ETC
A recent post listed several ways of achieving an increased running speed. Many runners and walkers would find one of these ways especially enjoyable, but possibly a challenge to set up: listen to music with a higher Beats Per Minute (BPM) count.
JOG.FM offers online (free) and phone app (for purchase) services by Blendist LLC to help you do just that. This post discusses the FREE website only. Tabs allow tune-seekers to select music information geared to running, walking, or cycling. These activity-specific pages help you see lists of songs by minutes per mile pace (running or walking), rotations per minute effort (cycling), with BPM alongside the pace/RPM information. Opportunities exist to “narrow by genre” or search monthly Top Chart lists dating back to 2011.
There is the usual option to play a sample and then purchase it through links to iTunes or the Amazon store, or place on a Spotify list (this link was not active). The artist is identified. GOSPEL MUSIC was the first genre I looked at/previewed. Not being a frequent listener, I am poorly equipped to judge the song list except to say that it was extensive and provided many selections for a specific pace.
“HALLOWEEN” was another intriguing genre; it only included one song however, and I was a bit disappointed, but kudos for the effort to identify this music!!! There were other genre choices I considered to be somewhat unusual (admittedly I’m not musically savvy) like Christmas, DISNEY, College Rock (one song), Glam Rock (one song), Comedy, and more. Subscribers can submit songs, so it’s up to everyone out there to beef up that Halloween list in time for the holiday!
I found the site to be easier to use and less intimidating than most others I have visited for playlist-construction assistance. My current running preference is to listen to the original artist/version of a hit song. Thus it’s disconcerting to review a highly recommended playlist and find remixes, mash-ups, and ‘cover’ variations of songs by artists I mostly don’t recognize. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the musical genius involved in their creation (I loved the two “Pitch Perfect” movies and the TV show “Glee”) I don’t understand the scene well enough. If purchases are involved, I shy away from buying tunes I might not like for workouts and runs. You may wish to review and purchase their phone app.
Good luck with the musical part of your run! Please share your insights on the topic.
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