Pump It Up! (a.k.a. wake up music)

I’ve been in the blogging doldrums lately.  I’ve felt uninspired and certainly unfunny.  My son snapped me out of it today as only a 16-year old boy can do for his mom: first with an inquiry, which morphed into a request and concluded with a mandate.

He was working on managing the music on his iPod and politely asked if I’ve ever compiled a “pump up” list.  I idly responded that I had not but (always encouraging the youngsters, particularly with things related to music) told him it was a good idea.  I should mention that when he posed this question I was settling in for a nice Saturday afternoon nap on the family room couch.

Apparently my response was a bit too passive for his liking, so he turned the tables, encouraging me to make said pump-up list.  Hmm, with my eyes closed and soft blanket upon me, I started thinking of the songs I could include on the list.  I could also hear him playing various songs, mentally rejecting and accepting some of those.

A few minutes later when he trotted through the family room (with food, naturally) and saw me in a napping position but with my eyes open, he looked at me quizzically, including a slightly tilted head for emphasis.  I explained that I couldn’t sleep because I was thinking about the dumb list.  His face instantly brightened: “Get on it!”

And so here I am at the computer when I should be napping.  To express parental interest, I asked the boy why he wanted a pump-up list at all, expecting him to respond with something about needing pre-game oomph.  To my chagrin, he said that at times he needs it at school if he’s just been in a particularly boring class and needs an infusion of energy.  *Sigh*

Here are the picks I will offer him, some new and some not so new.  I’d call them more up-tempo than pump-up, per se.  I’ve made the list extra long since I’m expecting at least half of them to be rejected.  Alas, a mom can try.  Enjoy!

• “Do My Thing” – Estelle, feat. Janelle Monáe
• “The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco
• “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” – JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
• “Back in Time” – Pitbull
• “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers
• “Twisted” – Usher, feat. Pharrell
• “Tongue Tied” – Grouplove
• “Take a Walk” – Passion Pit
• “Touch the Sky” – Kanye West, feat. Lupe Fiasco
• “Love on Top” – Beyoncé
• “I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas
• “Rosalita” – Bruce Springsteen
• “Dancing Nancies” – Dave Matthew Band
• “Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys
• “Pump It Up” – Elvis Costello
• “Lose Yourself” – Eminem
• “MoneyGrabber” – Fitz & The Tantrums
• “Shake It Out” – Florence + The Machine
• “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People
• “Lust for Life” – Iggy Pop
• “Tightrope” – Janelle Monáe, feat. Big Boi
• “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” – Jet
• “Stronger” – Kanye West
• “Blow” – Ke$ha
• “All Summer Long” – Kid Rock
• “Set Me Free (Rosa Lee)” – Los Lobos
• “Paper Planes” – M.I.A.
• “Just Fine” – Mary J. Blige
• “Your Hands (Together)” – New Pornographers
• “Complicated” – Poi Dog Pondering
• “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen
• “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” – Robert Randolph & The Family Band
• “SuperHeavy” – SuperHeavy
• “Movin’ Right Along” – Alkaline Trio

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