Guts, Playlists, and Rocky Balboa

2 Apr

It’s their job to pump you up, to get you moving, to inspire you … to get you to 63 stories … 1,400 stairs.

Guts … Guts and Playlists.

It’s their job to get you to the finish line.

I’ve got plenty of guts. I think was born with them. I’m good in the guts department. However I’m in the process of creating the fuel that’s gonna get me passed that wall I’ll probably hit at midpoint. That dangerous 30th floor, where your knees are really feeling it, where it smells like teen spirit, where it feels like the oxygen is running out, and where everyone is clinging to the handrails and you have to dig deep for every ounce of strength just to make the wide turn and pass them up.

Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa


Yeah … this is where a really kickass playlist brings out the Rocky Balboa hidden inside.

So other than The Eye of The Tiger, I think I’ve come up with some tunes that will help me survive the Fight For Air Climb this Saturday. Now the opening songs is something that needs to get to you. It’s a melody. It’s a lyric. It’s something that helps you envision raising the bar.

For me … it’s Tim McGraw’s Felt Good on My Lips. That opening sequence gets me. I hear that guitar and feel like I can just shake off whatever is trying to hijack my emotional juice. I hear that guitar and it’s on. I feel like I can be in a Gatorade commercial.

The rest of the tunes with their upbeat tempo build up and I eventually get so pumped up going up the stairs that I won’t realize how old I am until the next morning when I have to buy some BenGay for my quads and Advil for my knees. But it’s worth the sacrifice. It’s for a great cause. It’s all for one dude … one of the most important men in my life … my dad. All of this is for him, so I definitely needed a playlist that would keep me going no matter how tough the climb.

And this is what I came up with. If you have any suggestions, feel free.


Felt Good on My Lips — Tim McGraw

Eye of The Tiger — Survivor

Counting Stars — One Republic

Break Your Heart — Taio Cruz & Ludacris

I’m Gonna Get You — Bizarre Inc Featuring Annie Brown

Another Night — Real McCoy

Back In Time — Pitbull

Feel So Close — Calvin Harris

Camaron Pelao — Los Polifaceticos

La Chona — Los Tucanes de Tijuana

Strike Your Light — Vintage Trouble

and the one song I want to hear when I get to the top …

Happy — Pharrell Williams



12 Responses to “Guts, Playlists, and Rocky Balboa”

  1. anotherday2paradise April 3, 2014 at 6:38 AM #

    How about “I feel good” by James Brown. Good luck with the climb, TG. You can do it! 😀

    • The Guat April 14, 2014 at 3:50 PM #

      You know what, that is a good jam. The DJ at the event actually played that during the warm-up session. If you like James Brown, you’ll definitely like Vintage Trouble. Thanks for luck and for all the encouragement I always like it when you stop by 🙂

  2. lameadventures April 3, 2014 at 7:14 AM #

    Pharrell should be at the top to personally greet everyone that completes this excruciating endurance test, Guat. Good playlist and good luck from your fan in the Big Apple.

    • The Guat April 14, 2014 at 3:53 PM #

      You know what? He should have … I felt bad for all those exhausted red-faced people with no music. I was jamming on the top to Pharrell. And thanks for the support buddy, it’s always great when you visit from the Big Apple.

  3. susielindau April 3, 2014 at 7:30 AM #

    I would have a tune or ten by Muse. Their music always gets me going.
    Good luck!

    • The Guat April 14, 2014 at 3:55 PM #

      I checked them out … I can see how they would totally pump you up and change your state. Thanks for the suggestion and for the luck.

  4. cravesadventure April 3, 2014 at 10:40 AM #

    Loving the song Happy right now:) Great Selections – PUMP IT UP for sure!!! Happy Thursday.

    • The Guat April 14, 2014 at 4:01 PM #

      Thanks! Isn’t it like super awesome and definitely gets you pumped? I try to listen to it every day. This playlist definitely helped me out. Thanks for the encouragement 🙂

  5. brickhousechick April 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM #

    Where is your Freshly Pressed Badge young lady? It should appear HUGELY to the right of your blog! Get on that, will ya? LOL.

    Ok, I took this challenge seriously. Here are my suggestions, should you decide to accept them: 🙂

    1. Brick House – Commodores DUHHHHH!
    2. Come on Get Higher – Matt Nathanson – just when you think you can’t go any higher.
    3. Control – Janet Jackson – because you WILL BE in control
    4. Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough – MJackson – because you can’t have Janet and not Michael
    5. Good Feeling – Flo Rida – because I got a good feeling YOU GOT THIS!
    6. I Believe I Can Fly – DJ Rock 90’s – because you will indeed fly
    7. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice – for when you get HOT
    8. Jam On It – Newcleus – because you will be jamming the whole way
    9. Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas – good one for the beginning
    10. No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley – because, hello, it’s Bob
    11. On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez – because you will be getting down on the floor and stairs
    12. Sexy & I Know It – LMFAO – because your FA will be in such good shape and sexy after this
    13. Word Up – Cameo – because, WORD
    14. You’ll Never Stand Alone – Whitney Houston – because we’ll be there with you in spirit

    • The Guat April 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM #

      Ha! I love you BrickHouse. It’s so awesome that you took this so seriously … I had completely forgot about Flo Rida and The Black Eyed Peas! And that MJ Song is pretty cool although MamaSayMamaSaMamaCuSa song is even more awesome. All these songs are very cool suggestions, thanks for the list. Got to add some of them to my just wake-your-ass up playlist 🙂 But the best one was the song the DJ was playing during the warm up…totally made me think of you: Brick House by the Commodores. I was getting my groove on like a Solid Gold dancer 🙂

  6. Krystal April 14, 2014 at 12:14 AM #

    Love the list Guat, especially the Rocky tune…I have that as a ringtone! 😀 I’m currently compiling a Happier Playlist/Get My Butt Moving Playlist and this post couldn’t have come at a better time! You rock dude!

    • The Guat April 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM #

      So glad I could help you out! These songs are pretty jamming it and they do put me in a pump-me-up-get-off-my-butt mood. Definitely helped me race to the top. 🙂

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