I chose this song for a couple of reasons: We spent last week in Georgia, home of the B-52's, and I heard the band a couple of times while we were there. But the main reason I chose "Love Shack" is because as you read this, I am dancing my ass off at Jazzercise. I bought a Groupon for Jazzercise while we were on vacation, and I can't wait to go. I've done Jazzercise on and off since forever the early 1980s, and back then, this song was my Jazzercise JAM. I haven't been back to a Jazzercise class since my kid was in elementary school.
Technically, it's still Tuesday on the West Coast, so I just got in under the wire on this one. Just got back from a week in Georgia -- the highlight of which was the fifth annual FitBloggin' conference (more on that later; for now, there's bed and LAUNDRY).
I'm sure by now you've seen the Apple ad that plays up the fitness tracking features of its iPhone (Androids do it too, BTW). It uses a jaunty little song that immediately gave me flashbacks to summer camp. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, we'd get bused off to day camp in the relative wilderness of northern Illinois, where I would throw away my "hay fever" pill in the camp trash can every morning. One of the camps I went to (it was either Banner or Decoma) used to have us do the "Chicken Fat" song every day, and lemme tell you, this chubby kid did not look forward to doing pushups in the hot, humid midday.
The full song is 6 minutes long and if you'd like to experience the full "Chicken," here it is with the University of Evansville doing the exercises.
I go to this song all the time when I want to get back to something ... like back to the blog after Typepad gets another all-day denial of service attack (yesterday, yeesh) or back to my routine after sampling every snack food on Earth at BlogHer Food (Friday and Saturday).
I'm serious about this song -- I literally sing it to myself to psyche myself into the right frame of mind.
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