A big "Thank you!" to all of you for the good luck wishes on my run this past weekend. I felt great for most of the run, but hit a wall somewhere around mile 7. The last three miles were U-G-L-Y (and they don't have no alibi!) but I pushed through and even smiled crossing the finish line. I shaved about 5 minutes off from last year, so that made me feel good. All things considered, I'm right on track for my half marathon in 4 weeks! I'll try to share some tunes that powered me through the low parts. (Here's a hint: letters P and T.)
On to the letter N!
1. 9, Damien Rice
Yes, the name of the album is actually the number nine, which makes it a pretty easy "N" entry. I had a similar experience with this album like I did with Enya (see "E"). During my 2007 trip to Ireland, I wanted to spend the afternoon driving around with no real plan in sight. So I grabbed my map, CDs, and my keys, and hit the road. I took the N59 south out of Westport and hung a right on R335, looping my way back to Westport. The whole trip only took about two hours (stopped for lots of pictures!), but I enjoyed this album while on the road. Now, when any track from this album comes on, I am instantly teleported back to the far west coast of Ireland. Here's the video for "9 Crimes", the first track on the album.
2. "Nightswimming" by REM
This song always takes me back to high school. For no logical reason, it always makes me think of that guy who I had a big crush on for years. And it makes me want to get a used piano and buy the sheet music so I can play it at home. No idea why. But whenever I need some music to match my melancholy mood, "Nightswimming" makes the short list.
Honorable mentions with N: "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra, "New York State of Mind" by Billy Joel, and "Night Train" by Amos Lee (like it's any surprise to see him here. Again.).
You tell me: What N's did I overlook? What do you think of Damien Rice--too much angst for you, or just right when you need music to match your mood?