Running

February 17, 2008

I thought I was being so clever. My habitual running method is to pick an album I’ve not heard in a while, or at all – Harvest kept me company the other day, Live 1975 today – and basically alternate between running and walking, switching at the track break. It’s enough to keep me moving, but gives me enough time to rest and stretch in between the running songs.

Anyway, I ran a double stretch first – Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You and It Ain’t Me, Babe, followed by walking to A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (To The Tune Of Highway 61 Revisited). The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll is an ok one to run to, and I was hugely relieved that I’d chosen to run the first two tracks. When I stopped, Bob said “This is Scarlett Rivera” – and I knew that that signalled Romance In Durango and that I’d be walking one of the longer songs. Followed, with any luck, by a short one.

Alas, the hoped-for short one was Isis, short only in its title.

Just out of interest, I went to wikipedia to ask how long the tracks actually were. Surprisingly, at 5:11, Isis is the second-shortest (Tonight… is a shade under four minutes) of the first six tracks, so the damage was purely psychological – doubly so since I came home feeling virtuous at having run for such an extended spell. Next time I’ll take something poppier, by which I mean, having shorter tracks.

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