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Old 06-17-14, 12:07 PM   #1
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Whats on your playlist??

I know a lot of you guys seem to not like the idea of people listing to music while riding. I know it helps me enjoy the ride more sometimes and if I have it low enough, I can still hear cars and people.

Anyways, I'm looking for some more music and was wondering what you guys and gals listen to while riding or getting ready to go on a ride.

Ready go!
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Musician .. at 67 years old Theres a lot of music in my Head .. humming and whistling the melody gets it out enough

to annoy the passers by in the area, but no batteries are required ..

For Pub Jams I bring my Banjo-Mandolin .. which is plenty Loud. ... to Improvise a melody like my companions are playing .
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Very nice, the Banjo is always something that has interested me. I play the drums, but have always thought that would be a fun instrument.
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I stream any number of radio stations via the free Tunein app on my phone. Just about any broadcast or web station in the world is available.
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there are lots of different necks with the banjo Pot to make the sound .. the technique required is from the neck & strings. .

6 string Guitar Banjos to 4 string Ukelele Banjos .. Uke banjos are very Bring with you on the bike sized..
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Riding with my preschooler means I get fun songs from school in my head. Such as one about the water cycle (evaporation, condensation and precipitation), another about dinosaurs and one about photosynthesis. Otherwise I have had the theme from Daniel Tigers neighborhood in my head and we have not watched it in months. Some Fred Penner (The Cat Came Back) and Sharon Lois and Bram are rolling about in there as well. How kids change things.
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I find music too distracting while riding. I prefer spoken word podcasts, especially interviews, and news. And since it's usually mono, I use one earbud curbside. I can hear traffic around me fine. When music is played, as when a musician is interviewed, even with the one ear, my sense of traffic around me disappears. I've tried audio books, but that demands too much concentration.
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I find music too distracting while riding. I prefer spoken word podcasts, especially interviews, and news. And since it's usually mono, I use one earbud curbside. I can hear traffic around me fine. When music is played, as when a musician is interviewed, even with the one ear, my sense of traffic around me disappears. I've tried audio books, but that demands too much concentration.
I have also tried audio books, but they take too much concentration. I do enjoy audio books on long drives, though only ones I have read or heard before, that way I know what is going on. The Bourne series is my go to for that, I still love those books.

I found music and talk radio just get drowned out by focus on the goings on around me and I would never be able to recall what I was listening too. So I have stopped listening to music altogether.
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The current top 10 in my always-being-reshuffled playlist is:



drumroll please…

Blossom/Meadow, George Winston
You Better You Bet, The Who
The Suburbs, Arcade Fire – *bike alert*
What A Fool Believes, The Doobie Brothers
Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen - may have to replace this with zombie version
True Love Tends To Forget, Bob Dylan – not on youtube; nice enough cover



We Better Talk This Over, Bob Dylan – also a cover. Let's hear it for... Max Washington, folks!
Bewitched, Rufus Wainwright (after watching The History Boys)
Dust On My Shoes, Tanita Tikaram
Sailing, Mike Oldfield – fantastic cycling song, which is odd because everybody knows cycling is like flying

and what's this at no. 14? Summerlove Sensation by The Bay City Rollers? O.M.G. Not as much Tartan as I was expecting, though.

Though I like 60s relics, there's no Grateful Dead. Go figure.


Eric Faulkner playing a gig on the sidewalk. A good time was had by all.

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I know a lot of you guys seem to not like the idea of people listing to music while riding. I know it helps me enjoy the ride more sometimes and if I have it low enough, I can still hear cars and people.

Anyways, I'm looking for some more music and was wondering what you guys and gals listen to while riding or getting ready to go on a ride.

Ready go!
My playlist of around 200-300 songs can be found on My Profile. Almost half are before 1950, and only a few are after 1980.

A few years ago I started a thread suggesting that other subscribers do likewise, with their recommendations.

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Beasty Boys
Black Strobe
Coverdale Page
Creed
Dada
Digital Underground
Filter
Fatboy Slim
George Clinton
Godschild
Gorillaz
Greatful Dead
Various songs from Grand Theft Auto series
John Spenser Blues Explosion(not really blues music)
King Crimson
Led Zepplin
Mozart
Nine Inch Nails
Pearl Jam
Phish
Pink Floyd
Queen
Skrillex
Soul Coughing
Spyro Gyra
Talking Heads
Tears for Fears
The Animals
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Doors
The Fat Boys
The Trashmen
Throwing Muses
Tom Petty
Trey Anastasio
Van Halen
Whodini
Yes

These I have a whole albums or several albums. This is currently on my MP3 player.

I also have a bunch of artists that I just have just a few songs in the folder. I haven't gotten around to figuring out how to make a play list for these. Some would go well on the bike.

I have a decent selection of blues, but it just doesn't motivate me when riding and ended up rotating it out for other stuff for work and riding.

Some is just music to play at work and I just don't play when riding. Pink Floyd, Mozart, and Yes I will listen too at work but not riding. Just too slow or mellow.

Not allowed to play Nine Inch Nails at work so I listen to that when riding. The Chemical Brothers, The Trashmen, and Fatboy Slim all have really fast paced sounding music so I'll listen to that kind of stuff while riding.

I listen to just about any kind of music except bluegrass that has someone singing, christian or religious music, and most country. I really like bluegrass when it is just instrumental, the singer just kills it for me.

I need to get a better set of plugs. I like the ear speakers themselves, just don't like the part that plugs into my ears. I still hear a lot of wind.

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Old 06-17-14, 08:33 PM   #12
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I need to get a better set of plugs. I like the ear speakers themselves, just don't like the part that plugs into my ears. I still hear a lot of wind.
I really like my "beats active" with the wrap around ear piece. I really like the sound and they stay in my ear really well. Thanks for all the good options on music, a lot of stuff I haven't listened to in a long time but really like.
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I really like my "beats active" with the wrap around ear piece. I really like the sound and they stay in my ear really well. Thanks for all the good options on music, a lot of stuff I haven't listened to in a long time but really like.
I use yurbuds ironman with the in the ear bud. I like them, they just don't muffle the wind too well and I have to turn up the music a bit more. Other than that, I really like them.
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I gave up the Bluetooth earbud thingy after only two rides. Too scary not being able to hear cars behind me. I got creative with some Velcro and a rechargeable speaker for my iPhone. Yeah, everybody can up hear me coming now.

My top five best songs ever recorded:

I've Gotta Be Me -- Sammy Davis, Jr.
Garden Party -- Rick Nelson
Oh, What a Beautiful Morning -- Ray Charles
Midnight Train to Georgia -- Gladys Knight & the Pips
The End of the Line -- Traveling Wilburys

While riding lately I've been listening to a Motown-type mix of about 85 songs dating from 1959-1974. There's a lot of Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and Ray Charles thrown in there, too. Pandora is also a good choice from time to time.

i also have a really good upbeat blues mix but I doubt any of you have ever heard of these artists. They're mostly regional Memphis acts.
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Riding with my preschooler means I get fun songs from school in my head. Such as one about the water cycle (evaporation, condensation and precipitation), another about dinosaurs and one about photosynthesis. Otherwise I have had the theme from Daniel Tigers neighborhood in my head and we have not watched it in months. Some Fred Penner (The Cat Came Back) and Sharon Lois and Bram are rolling about in there as well. How kids change things.
Conjunction Junction, Get your Adverbs Here, and some of the multiplication tables from the old Schoolhouse Rock series are still a lot of fun. Unfortunately I don't think they ever did one about getting on your banana seat chopper.

For the more advanced student, The Elements by Tom Lehrer (standing on the shoulders of giants, of course)

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...My top five best songs ever recorded:...The End of the Line -- Traveling Wilburys
Here in Boston is a weekend financial talk show directed towards senior citizens and their retirement planning. I’ve always thought it strange, and perhaps impolitic to use “End of the Line” as their musical theme.

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The sound of my own breathing.

The near-silent whirrr of the drivetrain working...

Those two are enough for me.


I'm also aware of sounds, smells and sights, happily riding in the moment.
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I'm 69 and ride primarily on the bike trail. If I'm riding alone I turn on the music on my iPhone.
My music includes:
ABBA
Bob Seeger
"The Boss"
Collective Soul
Fleetwood Mac
Dan Fogelberg
Dire Straits
Five For Fighting
Gnarls Barkley
Hank Williams
Heart
Journey
Lady Antebellum
Lindsey Sterling
Lynard Skynard
Meatloaf
REM
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rush
Scorpions
Styx
Traveling Wilburys
..... and the list goes on and on and .....


If I'm riding with friends or riding on the road I don't listen to music.
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Conjunction Junction, Get your Adverbs Here, and some of the multiplication tables from the old Schoolhouse Rock series are still a lot of fun. Unfortunately I don't think they ever did one about getting on your banana seat chopper.
I still have all of the multiplication table songs running through my head. They're all on YouTube.

i wonder whatever happened to my banana seat chopper. It was metallic purple. Seat was yellow vinyl impregnated with little gold metallic flakes. Sissy bar went up about 9". Handlebars were about a 12" rise and I had them tilted WAYYYYYYYY back.

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in order to form a more perfect union....

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​the wind, the birds and whats going on around me. Other wise you might end up dead.
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I'm gonna get one of these powered bomb-speakers, (ball, size of a Christmas ornament) for $7 at the walmart checkout by the lighters. Try it from handelbars, I won't do headphones as a rider even on mups where I go, was perfectly fine IMO when I was a runner on those mups. I need to find an extension cable though, it only has a 6" one itself. http://www.amazon.com/Eclipse-Mini-R.../dp/B0073XD23E

Playlist will be pandora jam band channel and whatever Rush, Dave, Tool, Ween or various 70s and 90s stuff I have on my card.

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I had one of these on my handlebars in '72.
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I just enjoy the cycling. I never use earbuds. There is a safety reason not to also.
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the wind, the birds and whats going on around me....
Without wishing to enter into a debate about the pros and cons of carrying a tune,* which the OP admitted is a nonstarter for many, I would direct you to the first choice on my playlist upthread: for nature lovers, surely the best of both worlds.


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Same here. I use these.
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