October is Country Music Month

I didn’t know this, but October is Country Music Month and it’s apparently official.

The story says that the Country Music Association designated October as Country Music Month in 1964, and it was made official by Presidential proclamation beginning in 1970.

I have to admit I’ve never ran to country music. Although I’m not a huge fan, I do have a few country songs in my iTunes Library that I enjoy. I may create a country music running playlist this week and give it a go. Of course, I’ll post the playlist and my thoughts as usual.

Meanwhile, if you’re a fan of country music and want to support Jogger Tunes, click on the banner below and check out what’s new and noteworthy in iTunes. If you buy anything, I’ll get a few cents per song and it won’t cost you anything extra.

Here’s what you’ll find:

Leading up to the CMA Awards in early November, Country Music Month on iTunes will feature the hottest new releases from Lady Antebellum, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride and Rodney Atkins. In addition, classic country, country music videos and iTunes original content from Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and more will be featured in the Country Music Month room.

iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store

I hope you find something worthwhile and my sincere thanks if you do!

Great running music: My top running tracks on CD and MP3

Running to music is great. It pumps me up, gives me energy and keeps me positive while I exercise. It also helps me keep a good pace. But more importantly, every time I go out for a run listening to my top playlists I somehow run faster and don’t feel as tired as I do when my favourite songs are playing full blast on my iPhone.

That’s the reason I started this site. I enjoy it so much that I want to share the best music for running I’ve found. Today I want to share a few of my favourite CDs for jogging.

Here are a few notes on each. I may write a full review of each of them later, but for now just a short note:

1. 101 Running Songs is a collection of 5 CDs. The songs are good although a little old, so if you like recent music only this one may not be for you. I do like it quite a bit though. It has music by Queen, Pink, Fatboy Slim, Billy Idol, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, Wham and many others. I wrote a short review of the first CD a few months ago. 5 Stars.

2. 101 Running Songs Lap 2 is the sequel to the above and also a 5 disc set. This one is more modern featuring music by Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Blur, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Katy Perry, Alycia Keys, etc. mixed up with oldies by Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Duran Duran, Blondie, Erasure and Run DMC. I normally wouldn’t listen to some of these, but the combination is pretty good and all tracks are awesome for running. A little variety is great. This one is one of my favourites. 5 Stars.

3. Exercizer Maximizer Vol. 1 & 2 is a 2 disc set and it’s based on running at specific beats per minute. The tag line is “Workout Music Engineered To Get You Results” and it sure does. It has warm up and warm down tracks. The music was written specifically to work out by composer Raney Shockne. It’s not normal songs by known artists. It’s like having your own coach with you. However, the pace gets pretty high so it’s more geared towards regular runners that can already sustain a good pace. Skip it if you’re just starting out. 5 Stars.

4. The Biggest Loser Workout Mix – 80s Hits Remixed is as simple as it gets. Twelve up beat songs from the 80′s including Sussudio, Electric Avenue, Let’s hear it for the boy, Magic, and others. This one is a love it or hate it disc. Check out the song list and you’ll know if it’s for you. 3 Stars.

5. Bodymix: Sixties Cardio is good once in a while. The songs aren’t by the original artists (at least I don’t think so) and I wouldn’t listen to it when not running, but for a jog they’re good. I get this with some songs, don’t like them when I listen to them but like them while running. They have a good rhythm. 3 Stars.

So there you have it. If you’re looking for running music but don’t want to spend the time creating custom playlists these might be exactly what you want.

I’m updating the website, sorry for the inconvenience

I’ve had a few issues with the hosting of the site that have taken longer than I’d like to sort out. Apologies for the lack of updates over the last few months. I’m working on updating a few things now and hopefully Jogger Tunes will be back shortly. For those subscribed to the RSS feed, apologies if you receive several test posts in the next few days. I’ll try to keep the disruption to a minimum.