Friday, January 02, 2009

I Like to Move it, Move It - New Music to Dance To

Last night I watched a movie that Marble Man recorded from the Documentary Channel called: The Sound of Rio:Brasilerinho. The subject is a native Brazilian style of music called Choro (pronounced "shor-oh" with the "r" rolled), which predates Samba and Bassa Nova. I LOVE IT! I downloaded a whole bunch of songs from the soundtrack this afternoon, as well as some others recorded by the featured artists. Now I've got music guaranteed to haul my lazy ass out of the sofa. Watch me dance my booty-licious self around the house!

Here's a sample (it even has subtitles so you can get how funny the subject is):

Wasn't that fun? Who could sit still while THAT'S playing?

While that was a very energetic song, there are also some beautifully lyrical examples like this one by Yamandu Costa:

This guy just about knocked my socks off!


So things aren't as bad as I thought they were yesterday. Sure I was royally P.O.'ed at myself for being lazy about my health, but today I got up at 7:30 AM and hustled out the door for a 30 minute walk. Bundled up with a warm hat, fleece jacket, gloves, and the all-important ipod, I had a very nice time: 10 minutes to warm up, 10 minutes of race walking, and 10 minutes to cool back down again. I felt wonderful afterward. I'll do that every other day this week, then add 5 minutes to the race walking section next week. I know from past experience that if I start out too fast and hard, I'll wind up in Physical Therapy for 2 months and then I'll have to start back up even slower.

Now it's a few hours later and it's still pretty cold outside. I've got the dog dressed in his "business suit" (named so because he wears it to go out and do his business).

Can I coax him into going on a short walk? It would be great to get another 10 minutes in today.

What are YOU doing to get up and moving?


1/4/09 Update:

I've got to take a short break from walking - call it a false start, I guess. I was OK yesterday morning, but throughout the day I found it harder and harder to get around. My ankle is swollen! NOW what?!? I taped it up and took some motrin. Hopefully, it's just a temporary thing. My sister-in-law warned me: she said as you reach the age of 50, things go wrong and you have no idea why.


Anonymous said...

Hello Kate,

You cracked me up!
Love brazilian music, huh?
How about some oldies from the 70's
I will send you some links later

Your dog is such a "gentleman"

~ Gabriela ~

High Desert Diva said...

Good for you!

I take Trux out for a walk twice daily. We walk 1-2 miles in the morning and 1 mile in the afternoon.

T.Allen said...

Music really makes a difference. I've got to load my MP3 player up with the good stuff too.

I'm a huge fan of Cape Verdean rhythms when working on my bootyliciousness, that and old rumba and salsa-Fania All stars old.

lori vliegen said...

you go girl!! your back will be feeling better before you know it! i haven't done much to get moving yet (unless walking to the kitchen for a brownie counts)...but you have definitely inspired me to start getting active! keep up the good work! :)

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

Great music, although very weird lyrics. I love hearing stuff on people's blogs....I "found" Duffy on Tea and Honey bread.

I'll be taking my daughter's pup Tucker out for a walk this morning, also bundled against the cold!

PS belly dancing sounds like fun! ; )

Isabel said...

Hi Kate!

Happy new Year to you too :) I am waiting for the weather to get a little warmer,and then I'll start walking my new country roads (with my camera, of course). You go girl!

3rdEyeMuse said...

oh yeah, you are SO on your way!

I giggled at the first song (ok, and wiggled quite a bit in my chair) and like the second one, too - thanks for sharing. :)

rochambeau said...

Happy New Year Kate!
Hope all your dreams come true in 2009!

Thanks for the youtubes! They are great! I love Choro and most all Brazilian music!

Happy walking!
I'm going today too!