I have quite a large music collection – built up over many years; including vinyl singles, LPs, CDs and more recently almost exclusively downloads from various locations. So I thought it may be interesting to select a walking related song for each day of my upcoming Coast to Coast walk in June – an anthem for the day if you will.
To manage this extensive music collection (about 30,000 tracks) I use a cracking little program called “Media Monkey” which is great for managing MP3 tags, file names and album art, but also has a great search facility.
I stuck the word “walk” into the search field and hit “Go” and it returned an amazing 139 tracks. I was quite surprised – I’d expected a couple of dozen perhaps, but not that many. I did a bit of pruning and removed duplicates (tracks from the same artist on multiple albums) and the list dropped to 91.
That 91 includes any song title with the word “walk” in it – so “Walking On Sunshine” is in there (twice – once for Eddie Grant and once for Katrina) and so is “Parisienne Walkways” along with all the usual “Walk The Line” and “These Boots Were Made For Walking” etc.
Perhaps the most remarkable occurrence was the song title “Walk Away”, which appeared a total of nine times, with seven different artists names. One or two are covers, but most are different songs with the same title – quite bizarre. For interest; Black Sabbath, Christina Aguilera, Franz Ferdinand, Marie Pierre, Sisters Of Mercy, Stiff Little Fingers and Westlife – which also shows the eclectic nature of my musical tastes.
It was quite tough to narrow down the list of 91 to a final list of 13 – one-per-day for each walking day. But I managed it. You’ll have to wait and see what I chose – but there’s only 96 days to go before I set off, so not long.