Okay, welcome to the letter P!
1. Luciano Pavarotti
I was sitting at my dining room table, pouring over a map of Ireland in preparation for my very first trip there when I heard Luciano Pavarotti had passed away. I immediately went to iTunes and bought the two-disc set, The Best. I wasn't sure why--I had never been much of an opera fan. But on the other hand, I knew Pavarotti's passing was a big deal. This was someone I should know more about. Someone whose music I should be able to enjoy. So, yes. I was one of those people. You know, that kind who buys albums when someone passes away? Yup, that's me.
Here's my favorite from the album. A track called "Nessun Dorma!"
2. "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner
There's not much to say about this song, other than it's completely feel-good-brilliant in that "I'm-so-sorry-Ike-was-such-a-dick" kind of way. I want to not like it because he was HORRIBLE to Tina, but man, this song really is amazing. So, to appease my guilt, I present the Ike-free version. Sing it, sister. I'll be over here chair dancing, singing into my thumb like it's a microphone... (ETA: Do you know how hard it is to find a version of this song UNDER 5 minutes without Ike? Almost impossible! Skip ahead to minute 1 if you want to skip the chit-chat.) Warning: I think this is the one where Cher makes an appearance... You've been warned.
Man, this guy is everywhere in the Top 40 music circuit! Honestly, I wouldn't know Pitbull if I tripped over him on the street, but this guy seems to collaborate with everyone these days. And I promised to share some tunes that I used last week for my ten mile run, so here you go. I bought this one on a whim the night before the run. My potentially flawed logic was that I enjoyed the MiB movies*, so this couldn't be too bad, right? I was pleasantly surprised. And adequately motivated through mile 5. I don't think the "official video" is out yet, so the link is to a YouTube video of a picture.
(*--I have to admit, I have enjoyed the Will Smith tunes from the MiB franchise. I'm not sure Pitbull is an adequate replacement. Where's the Fresh Prince when you need him?!)
What'd I miss? What crazy combination of "P" artists or tracks can you pull together? And most importantly--WHAT'S ON YOUR RUN PLAYLIST?