I find it very difficult to work out if I don't have some kind of music cranking through my head. Partly I like the beat to keep me moving, but a good chunk of it is a feeling of relative anonymity that it gives me. When I put headphones in, it's like putting on sun glasses...if you can't see my eyes, you can't see me. Yes, I honestly feel less socially vulnerable with headphones and/or sunglasses on. It's like that kid from Big Daddy. Whose picture I can't find at all, with sunglasses on. Poo.
Anyway, all that to say that music is a personal thing. I'm the first to admit that my taste in music hasn't changed a whole lot since I hit puberty 15+ years ago...I still listen to the radio stations that claim to be a "mix" station but really play the same 15 or so songs over and over. I watch Glee (mostly) for the music. I (don't judge me) even kind of like Ke$ha, in spite of my better judgment. I have no excuses and I make no apologies. It's catchy and it's popular because I'm not the only one who likes this trash. I know full well that it's not "good" music and there's no depth to it, but I enjoy it anyway.
This is what freaks me out the most about putting together a group ex class...in the end, I pick music that I like. Not because I'm being cool and trying to like eclectic stuff (I don't), but because, quit frankly, I have a narrow range of stuff I'd consider "workout music". I'm picky about my trashy music...what?
So when I put together profiles (like last week's) that are built around music that I LOVE, I get a little nervous and feel a little vulnerable. I find myself explaining to the class why I picked certain songs ("this one's from Bend It Like Beckham!") or why liking Ke$ha and being an intelligent woman are not mutually exclusive.