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kimberlyrose
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I'm putting together a play list of songs that can motivate me and inspire me... ones to rev me up (bring out the figher in me) not ones to soothe (have lots of bath music already). I'm starting to train to fun the Race for a Cure and need songs to listen to while working out and running.

Of course, Melissa Ethridge's song "I Run" is at the top of the list. I wanted to get ideas from all of you about what songs you would include.

Thanks for the ideas.

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I think that is just so awesome that you are doing the Race for the Cure. I missed the event last year because of the chemo. I will do the walk this year and hope to do the 3 day event next year. I enjoy a wide variety of music from country to reggae. I like to listen to some classic rock when I want to get the blood going....like AC/DC "For those about to rock, we salute you", Led Zepplin, "Rock n Roll", Rush, Queen "We Are the Champions", Lynard Skynard "Free Bird", Kiss, to name a few.

Good luck with the training.

Pat

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Sher43009
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My neice and her boyfriend made me a CD they called Aunt Sher's "Feelin Good!" CD. I listen to it a lot. Here are some songs on it. Stronger by Emmanuel Jal, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic by The Police, Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae, Aint No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye.

Good luck with your race.
Sher

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kathyDDD
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The ringtone on my phone was set by my firend s to "If You're Goin Through Hell" . It continues with "keep on movin', you might get out 'for the devil even knows you're there...If you're going through hell, face that fire, walk right though it, you might get out 'fore the devil even knows you're there." This has been my mantra throughout. At the bowling alley, the league makes sure they play it at least twice a night for me. Good Luck.

Rague
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The first 2 that come to mind are:

Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman"

Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA/Proud to be an American"

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Kat11
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By Rodney Atkins, if your going through hell, keep on going don't look back ect

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My "theme song" is Natasha Bedingfield's song "Unwritten." It's on YouTube (with lyrics) so I can sing along when nobody is around! It's at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jloQ6xsx3bE

Or I just crank up the TV -- Comcast carries quite a few music stations that will get the blood going. I listen to Classic Alternative and Classic Rock. Always gets me singing and dancing. Never fails! Music is one of the best medicines available. Enjoy!!!!!

(Great idea for a site KimberlyRose. You go, girl . . .)

Elaine

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We Will Rock You, I Want To Break Free, Don't Stop Me Now, We are the Champions, Killer Queen, Fat Bottomed Girls, Another One Bites The Dust, Body Language, Somebody to Love, Bicycle Race.

I play the whole Queen Greastest Hits to inspire fighting spirit.

I just played the whole CD and if Godzilla showed up right now I'd wrestle him to the ground and tell him to poop on someone else's yard.

New Flower
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We are the Champions and The Show must go on!!!

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cindycflynn
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by Natalie Merchant always gets me dancing (around the house by myself) and feeling really great.

All of those Queen songs are great as well!

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BunnyJane
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by Gloria Gaynor

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I think show must go on by Queen would be a good song for your playlist

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TraciInLA
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This is such a great thread, kimberlyrose -- thank you for starting it!

Right there with you, Marcia, on Queen's Greatest Hits!

Traci

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Some people have photographs, I have music to remind me of people, places
and how I felt , music transports me to that moment.

I listen to Nil Karaibrah****il, my favorite turkish singer, look her up on
you tube, she's wonderful, full of life.

I am currently listening over and over to this song by playing for change,
great organization, I saw when they came here to AZ. Amazing energy!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8018743903334132825#

This goes under my skin. And also I listen to Lady Gaga a lot these days.
Her theme being monsters suits my mood. I feel like I am going to a dark
place, becoming a monster in a way... I love her song speechless and
Teeth. Show me your teeth!!

Ayse

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TraciInLA
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Ayse,

The google video from Playing for Change is so awesome! No wonder you've been listening to it over and over!

For anyone who hasn't seen it: It's a video of regular people around the world (many of them appear to be street musicians and singers, performing on their usual corners) singing "Stand by Me" "with" each other. If you need a burst of energy or just 5 feel-good minutes to help you get going, I highly recommend watching this!

Traci

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I too am compiling a list of motivational songs and videos to get me through treatment and onward. Thanks so much for the great information. I will check out that Google video... it sounds like a winner.
K

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While viewing this, Ayse, I was reminded of how people came out of the woodwork to support me with prayers, a Catholic mass, 'good vibes', positive thoughts, meals, flowers, fruit baskets, and visits. So I just emailed it to everyone who was on my 'Boob Loop' email list that I used during my active treatments to keep people informed about my treatment progression. To say, "Thank you" for standing by me. Thanks, Ayse, for passing it along. And Thanks to the originator of this thread. I'm compiling a list to add to my IPod! Would never have thought of these great songs myself~
~~Connie~~

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meena1
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"Lets Groove" by Earth, Wind and Fire. That song will definitely get you rocking and put a smile on your face. There is actually a TV commercial using that song. Dance your heart out

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aysemari
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I am so glad you liked playing for change. Music is a powerful tool and this
organization really shows you how it can cross borders and unite people.

Connie and Tracy you are both right, good vibes that's what this song is
all about.

Ayse

Katz77
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I'm a bit of a head banger when I need motivation. Angry music actually helps me think. Seether is one of my favs. Fan of all music. Raised by grandmother, so Lawerance Welk, Doris Day, Gene Kelly etc.. She had a son 7 yrs older than me, so Iron Butterfly, Beatles etc.., married my husband of 32 yrs, 12 yrs my senior. Lovin Spoonful, Beatles, Alot of the 50's music, and I was into pink floyd, Led Zepplin etc.. Had 3 kids and was into, and still am, Alternative, Indy. I love all music. It fits any mood or fulfills any need. Put it all on except country or rap. Those are depressing. lol Sing along, Gayla

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stand by rascall Flatts dont stop believing by Journey beautiful day u2 Piece of my heart pump it and raise your hands bon jovi (to get pumped up) Suddenly i see

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BunnyJane
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Great video link (above)~

Thanks for sharing!

Jane

golfmax13
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Actually, it's just a great tune by Craig Morgan - "Tough". Heard it today and I'm going to record it and send it to a dear friend of mine.

God Bless Kimberly,
Joe Spellman

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Hi ladies! Thank you for all the great ideas. It's been a tough month and I'm sorry I haven't logged on more. Life marches on... and so do all the little things that are a part of it. I'm eager to get busy and will enjoy putting all your inspirations to work on my iPod.

Thanks again and Think Pink!

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Hey Ya by Outkast, Baldheaded Blues by Saphire the Uppity Blues Women (not a slow bluesy one, actually - it's great), Jump n Move by the Brand New Heavies, and I'm a big fan of anything with a ukelele b/c it just makes you feel good, so I'm Yours by Jason Mraz, and Hey Soul Sistah by Train, oh and Do it Again by the Beach Boys - but get the one from the Happy Feet soundtrack because it's redone in a slight techno way - very cool song.

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Hi

I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC BUT THERE IS A SONG THAT I KEEP IN MY HEAD ALL THE TIME.
IT'S THE CLIMB BY MILEY CYRUS.

IT'S THE CLIMB THAT WE MUST KEEP GOING, A UPHILL BATTLE, SOMETIMES WE MAY LOSE, BUT
WILL KEEP THE FAITH THAT WILL TAKE US TO THE TOP FOR WE KNOW WHAT IS ON THE OTHER SIDE.
OUR VICTORY FOR THE CURE OF BREAST CANCER.

THIS CANCER WON THE 1ST BATTLE AND I WON THE 2ND BUT THE WAR IS NOT OVER FOR I WILL
NOT GIVE UP.
I HAVE TRIPLE NEGATIVE BC AND ANOTHER BC THAT IS VERY RARE THAT CHEMO AND RADIATION HAS
NO EFFECT WHICH IS MATRIX PRODUCING CARCINOMA.

AS OF FEB 1ST I'M CANCER FREE.

ARKANSASGIRL
SORRY MY CAPS ARE ON - BUT BEING CANCER FREE RIGHT NOW - I AM SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS AND ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.

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aztec45
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I cry when I hear this one. It represents what I (a lot of us) have gone through.

I am so glad that you are cancer free. Good choice.

P

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ARKANSASGIRL -

Good for you, keep "SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS", you made me smile, and I cannot wait until I can start SCREAMING also!

Congratulations - Carrie

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aztec45
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I like what you have on your list. I have always loved Pink, Shania, and Nickleback. Miley Cirus' The Climb is a good one. Most classic rock by AC/DC, Lynard Skynard, Aerosmith, Queen, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, etc. I also like Elton John's I'm Still Standing.

I wish you all the best on your run.

P

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carkris
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I still like Stand by Rascall Flatts, and Everybodys broken by Bon Jovi, it makes me feel better while going through treatment. Stand makes me fight.

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Mine is a song by the Grateful Dead called Touch of Grey. In the lyrics is a saying that "We will survive". In fact I'm planning on getting a tattoo with a ribbon with those exact words in it!

Sharon_D
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We are Family by Sister Sledge!

(CHORUS:)
We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up ev'rybody and sing

Ev'ryone can see we're together
As we walk on by
(FLY!) and we fly just like birds of a feather
I won't tell no lie
(ALL!) all of the people around us they say
Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
We're giving love in a family dose

(CHORUS x2)

Living life is fun and we've just begun
To get our share of the world's delights
(HIGH!) high hopes we have for the future
And our goal's in sight
(WE!) no we don't get depressed
Here's what we call our golden rule
Have faith in you and the things you do
You won't go wrong
This is our family Jewel

deirdrebowman
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Joined: Mar 2010

The lyrics in "See How I Run" are inspirational. The tempo and beat are perfect for walking and running, ie. Race for the Cure!
" I'm not standing still on this mountain... I'm chasing down whats been haunting me... I'm staring up and into the great heights... I won't look down, it's not where I want to be... See how I run... You see how I'm running now."

lizzie17
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WOW.... and how about ABBA --Dancing Queen and Mama Mia!!

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susanleeann
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the "rocky" theme is corny but gets me energized

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KayNYC
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The Rocky theme was one of my favoite motivational and inspirational songs during my Weight Watcher days and throughout graduate school (especially working on my thesis). Here are some of my other favorites:
I Run
We are the Champions
Ain't No mountain high enough
I am woman
Dancing Queen
Momma Mia
Super trouper
Build Me up Buttercup
Best is yet to come
People Got to be Free
25 Miles
The best is yet to come
Coming around/Itsy Bitsy
Walking Away a Winner
In the Navy
YMCA
Friends in Low Places
Can't stop the music
Have you seen the Rain
Up on the Roof
K

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Ritzy
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I love the Rocky theme! It makes you feel empowered, doesn't it?

Sue :)

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Bella Luna
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I agree with Marcia too. I am a Queen fan and thought the "I Want To Break Free" song a motivational diti for your run. Am sure you are getting lots of great requests!
BL

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Balentine
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I listen to Christian music. God has been my strength through this and through anything difficult that I go through in life. There is a song called "Everything Falls" by Fee. That is my theme song right now.
Lorrie Balentine

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padee6339
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Lady Madonna - Beatles

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Fighting like a girl
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I like the song by Bombshel- Fight like a girl
Check out the video (hope it works, I am new at this)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V96r2046qjE

Fight Like A Girl Lyrics
Little girl alone on the playground
Tired of gettin' teased and gettin' pushed around
Wishin' she was invisible
To them

She ran home cryin'
"Why do they hate me?"
And Mama wiped the tears and said
"Baby, you're brave and you're beautiful.
So, hold your head high.
Don't ever let 'em define
The light in your eyes.
Love yourself, give them Hell.
You can take on this world.
You just stand and be strong
And then fight
Like a girl."

At 31 she was wheelin' and dealin'
Kept on hittin' that same glass ceilin'
She was never gonna one of the boys, no
She coulda gave up on her ambition
And spent the rest of her life just wishin'
Instead she listened to her mama's voice sayin'

"Hold your head high.
Don't ever let 'em define
The light in your eyes.
Love yourself, give them Hell.
You can take on this world.
You just stand and be strong
And then fight
Like a girl."

Oh, with style and grace
Kick ass and take names

Ten years of climbin' that ladder
Oh, but money and power don't matter
When the doctor said "the cancer spread"
She holds on tight to her husband and babies
And says "this is just another test God gave me.
And I know just how to handle this"

I'll hold my head high
I'll never let this define
The light in my eyes
Love myself, give it Hell
I'll take on this world
If I stand and be strong
No, I'll never give up
I will conquer with love
And I'll fight like
Like a girl

Ooh

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