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Turn up the Volume!

Updated: Apr 18

I am launching my website in advance of the release of my new book, titled A Family Travels As One. My 3rd book will take my readers on a ride across the United States with some diversions into Canada and will focus on hiking and nature with a healthy dose of recommended restaurants and breweries to visit. Get ready to see this site popping with plenty of lists of favorites during my bi-weekly blog posts about some topic (or another).


While my book "mostly" focuses on my North American jaunts into nature, I also get into some other topics (inspirational quotes, podcasts) and music is one of them.

Listening to, reading about and writing about music is a passion of mine and this topic will be featured on this site.


For this post, I wanted to dig into one of my suggested playlists. This is my LET IT GO playlist geared towards that time (or frame of mind) when you need a little extra energy.


  • Maybe you didn't sleep well or are headed to an early morning workout.....

  • Maybe you're on your way to a 16 mile marathon training run and need some extra juice....

  • Maybe your son just asked you to blast some AC/DC or Beastie Boys on the way to school or his soccer game......

  • Or maybe you just want to dial it up, pump your fist and smile!


For me, these times call for hip-hop, rap and loud and pulsating hard rock music. Turn the windows down in the car, head out to your back porch or adjust your headphones and dive into this.


This is a diverse playlist of music including rap, hard rock, metal, R&B, soul, and psychedelic soul. This will be the 1st of many music related posts and suggested playlists you can expect to see on this site.


My High Energy Song Playlist


1. It’s Tricky – Run DMC

2. Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill

3. No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys

4. It’s a Long Way to the Top - AC/DC

5. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

6. Hysteria - Muse

7. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

8. Lose Yourself – Eminem

9. Praise You – Fatboy Slim

10. Show Me How to Live - Audioslave

11. Paranoid - Black Sabbath

12. Rockin’ in the Free World - Neil Young

13. Hypnotize – The Notorious B.I.G.

14. Can I Kick It – A Tribe Called Quest

15. Stronger – Kanye West

16. Express Yourself – N.W.A.

17. Fu-Gee-La – Fugees

18. Living in America - James Brown

19. Feel Good Inc. – Gorillaz

20. The Power - Snap!

21. Empire State of Mind – Jay Z, Alicia Keys

22. Scenario – A Tribe Called Quest

23. Homecoming – Kanye West

24. No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age

25. New Year’s Day - U2

26. Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

27. California Love – Tupac

28. Superstition – Stevie Wonder

29. Outshined - Soundgarden

30. Sympathy For The Devil - The Rolling Stones

31. Holiday - Green Day

32. Cochise – Audioslave

33. Colors – Black Pumas

34. Sour Times - Portishead

35. Natural Blues – Moby

36. Hunger - Florence + The Machine

37. Bound For The Floor - Local H

38. Everything is Everything – Lauryn Hill

39. Icky Thump - The White Stripes

40. My Name is Jonas - Weezer

41. Bullets with Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins

42. In Bloom - Nirvana

43. Beds are Burning - Midnight Oil

44. Under Pressure – Queen / David Bowie

45. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

46. Sabotage – The Beastie Boys

47. Apollo – St. Paul and The Broken Bones

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