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    Touring Playlist

    I spend many a long evening in the jungle, and once you've heard the children of the night several dozen times it gets B-O-R-I-N-G. I listen to my MP3 player late at night so I can relax and I have to confess I listen on some of those quite roads too.

    I've developed my own playlist for these times. Jazz and classical for quiet times, but when I'm actually on the road, I prefer something up beat.

    Tell me about your playlists. I'm about ready to download some new songs and I need some hard drivin' music for the long haul. What are your favourite road songs?

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    I listen to books on tape when I am riding.

    I find listening to a good book a great way to put away the miles.

    I check books on CDs out of the library, record them at the lowest possible sampling rate (48kbs on my system) and cram several on my MP3 player. I've read/listened to some great books this way.

    Ray

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    I listen to NPR when I'm in range of a local station. I also have an MP3 player filled with classical music.
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    i must say that i have a whole collection of stuff on my iPod ...
    but what i listen to most would be ...

    classical:
    beethovens 9th symphony
    nigel kennedy 'the four seasons'
    classical mix

    relaxing:
    classic chill out album compilation [deep forest, jean micheal jarre, et al]
    jj cale greatest hits
    john butler trio

    rocking:
    kiss greatest hits
    zz top mix
    queen 'return of the champions' with paul rodgers
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    Most recent playlist includes:

    Beethoven's Emperor Concerto
    Mike Oldfield compilation (my all-time favourite artist)
    Synthesizer compilation (Vangelis, JM Jarre and similar)
    Baroque compilation (I especially love harpsicords)
    The Corrs (and for some reason, I get very bored and irritated quickly)

    Others I want to get on there include Paul Simon, Queen, some early 60s rock and roll, Beatles, and a few more classical pieces.

    On radio, Australian Rules Football if I am in Australia in autumn-winter-spring and cricket in summer; otherwise stations that play 60s -> 90s rock (and North America doesn't seem to be short on those, even if their playlists are almost identical).

    My all-time favourite radio station was Rocket, a Dutch station that played English classic rock 24 hours a day with about one minute of commercials (mainly self-promotion) per hour. It had a repeating 24-hour roster of songs, but it sure was great company on my solo ride across Northern Europe in 2003. There was one Fleetwood Mac song that had me mesmerised and anxiously looking forward to every day. For the life of me, I can't remember its title now and I have heard it on radio elsewhere only once since.
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    Grateful Dead Live Shows, Any One, From '66 to '95

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    Beethoven's ninth is essential touring music!

    I heard it in it's entirety for the first time during a difficult stretch of a long tour in 2003. It came on the radio as I was coming up to the Minnesota/North Dakota border, which was no great destination in and of itself, but it was a milestone in my journey, and it was proof that I was advancing despite my difficulties. The music helped to add to the drama of what would have otherwise been a rather mundane moment in the middle of a long tour. Ever since then I have played the ninth to mark major milestones, especially on bike tours.
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    I've said before, to me, it's not the type of music, it's how much I like it. Unless it's utterly depressing, if I really like the song, I can get into a groove.

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    I'm a metal head so my ipod is loaded full of heavy metal. Mostly european heavy metal. Stratovarius, Edguy, Nightwish, Hammerfall to name a few.

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    I love various folk/ethno tunes. Unfortunately the performers I listen to are so obscure that mentioning them does nothing: some of them are next to impossible to find (don't ask me how I find them... I use black magic, almost ). But then there are some that can be located even on places as mainstream as Amazon and even have their own website with downloadable music.

    I also love classical but can't really listen to in on mp3: doesn't do it justice. Plus, unlike in most other genres, the volume level is changing all the time, which works out in performance hall but not on the road...

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    I realized I've already said this, but no one else has picked up on it and I want to reiterate it.

    When I am doing training rides (my usual ride is 35 miles and about 3.5 hours), I listen to all sorts of books. I would say that I listen to around 30 books a year while I am biking. One added advantage of listening to books is that I only have to insert one ear bud, leaving my other ear open for road sounds.

    I've listened to classics, such as, Moby Dick, Robinson Carusoe, the Iliad and Odyssey, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; but I mostly listen to non-fiction--history, science, current events. I even can get college courses from the Teaching Company. Today, many new books come out on CD before they come out in paperback.

    While I also listen to music, I find "reading" a good book to greatly enhance my bike riding experience. The SF public library has over 2000 books on CD and they are all reservable over the internet.

    Sometimes I don't know if I am riding a bike and happen to be listening to a good book or if I am listening to a good book and happen to be riding a bike.

    Ray

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    So I was listening to a podcast (TWIT, I think) the other day on the way home from the train station. I was paying attention to the podcast and needed to do an athletic maneuver on the bike. I forgot to pass it through my "remember your limited capabilities due to advancing age" filter and ended up straining something in my neck. Later I did it again and felt a tinge in the leg. By the time I got home I had several new "issues." Food for thought.

    I would thoroughly enjoy Beethoven's 6th on a long cruise through the countryside. Very nice.

    Also, on my recumbent on this year's WI tour, I set up an iPod feeding small speakers on the rear rack bag behind my head. The plan was to share the music with riders I'm near. I don't think this works too well. It stifles conversations and sometimes seems to interfere with their quiet enjoyment of the countryside. So, here's a plan for next year: I'll only listen to music on lone stretches. But I'm starting to collect sound effects for humorous effect when around other riders. Candidates: Galloping horse hooves as I overtake someone. Revving engine sounds. 18-wheeler air horns. ice cream truck music. I'm still collecting ideas...
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    I have recorded Pimsleur Mandarin and Spanish CD's in mp3 format. The more local language you know the richer will be your experience. I am normally not one for blocking one of my senses while riding but is great for when I am off the bike.

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    I hate headphones
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    I haven't tried riding with a book on tape, but I like the idea of having one to help me off to sleep in the tent on those nights I'm figity. Usually after pitching camp, shower, and wolfing down all the pasta I barely make it into the sleeping bag. But sometimes not. Then I'll hunt on the FM for news or discussion (not AM type rant) radio. Often there's no reception.

    My MP3 has some Talking Heads, Cream, Allman Bros, Santana and Steely Dan on it right now, which will get changed to something else as time goes. During my short commute, I usually just listen to NPR.

    But no matter what, there is always at least one up beat didgeridoo album on there. I have Outback and some Dr Didge I really like. Sometimes when I am grinding a hill or plowing a long flat against the wind that music can put me into the perfect groove. It's perfect cycling music for me. I recommend it.

    These MP3 devices are wonderful, aren't they? Remember "no skip" CD players?

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    cool idea

    Had considered listening to books on tape/CD while riding but your post inspires me to try putting some on my iPOD & seeing how I like it.

    thanx for suggestion
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    I have to confess that I was looking for people who confess to hard driving music while biking rather than some person reading a book.

    Right now my playlist includes:
    The Yardbirds - Over, Under, Sideaways Down
    Vangelis - Chariots of Fire
    The Who - Who Are You?
    Spencer Davis Group - I'm a Man
    Rolling Stones - Angie
    The Doors - Light my Fire
    Supertramp - Fool's Overture
    Steppenwolf - Born to be Wild
    Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story (Don't it?)
    Paul Simon - Kodachrome
    Nena - 99 Luft Balloon
    Moody Blues - Knights in White Satin
    Kool and the Gang - Celebrate Good Times
    Jefferson Airplane - Go Ask Alice
    Inner Circle - Bad Boys
    Fiest - Inside Out

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