Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Music in my Head

As I've mentioned before, I'm a very aurally focused person. I'm also a musician, so life inside my head is pretty much one never ending exercise of musical free association.

Generally this state of affairs is just fine with me, but sometimes a song gets "stuck" and just won't leave me alone.

So with the non-stop hurricane coverage this week, this little gem has been playing over and over and over. Just figured I'd send it out to all of my friends on the East Coast, along with my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

While the hurricane has been the big national news story, here in Colorado, we've been caught up in the first ever USA Pro Cycling Challenge... well, at least we cycling buffs have been caught up in it. Seriously though, it's pretty amazing to have the likes of George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and Andy Schleck racing over the roads of your own home state.

I don't have cable TV anymore, so I didn't get to see most of the race, but the final stage, which ended in downtown Denver, was broadcast live on NBC with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen calling the race.
How totally cool is that!

Anyhow, with all that inspiration, I HAD to go for another bike ride today. And lo and behold, who do you think I ran into on the trail? No, it wasn't Levi Leipheimer or Lance Armstrong, but it was CatMan! OK, he knew where I was headed, so it wasn't really that much of a surprise, but it was great fun to ride together.

At least, we tried to ride together. CatMan rides several hundred miles per week, so going for a ride together means a leisurely rest day for him, and a total butt whooping for me!

But I made it 22 miles, and he even rode "with" me up the killer hill that I narrowly avoided the other day. I put the word with in quotation marks because CatMan sped up the hill like Lance Armstrong cruising up Alpe d'huez.

Meanwhile I was barely maintaining enough momentum to stay upright!

But the only other time I've attempted to tackle that hill I got passed by a kid pulling a wagon, so I'd say this was a definite improvement!

Photo by Whitewolf Photography on Flickr
OK, now back to the point of this post... you knew there was a point hidden in there somewhere, didn't you? Somewhere along the bike path, I FINALLY got a new song in my head.



  1. good for you!

    that race went through Fort Collins I think, up Rist Cannon.. that is where my Dad's house is. He called me when he was out there watching all the bikers go by.. he said it was not fair because they make it look so easy.. and he has a hard time up the canyon still.

  2. Fonda - It's totally amazing to watch the pros ride. They're like human machines! I'm so jealous that it went right past your dad's house!

  3. Thanks for the music clips! Knew Goodnight Irene was an oldie, didn't know went all the way back to Leadbelly. Huh! And "Against the Wind" what a classic--THAT I had no idea was over 30 years old!!
    Way back when, Ally McBeal-one of her quests was finding her personal theme song... Have you one??
    Another great post along with the great clip art. Thanks.

  4. The pros really do ride like machines. I've never seen it in person, but I'm amazed nonetheless. Way to go with all your cycling lately. You rock!

  5. Jay - Hard to believe that song is so old... hard to believe I am so old... but as the song says "Seems like yesterday, but it was long ago..." And I am WAY too eclectic to have a personal theme song... the music in my head is a constantly revolving hit parade!

    Barefeet - I don't know if you'd say that I "rock" if you actually witnessed me on a bicycle. I fear I'm still in the slow and lumbering department, but thanks for the encouragement!


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