I interviewed the late Chris Cornell once, back in 2009, when I was an editor at a magazine here in New York. It was by phone, publicity for a new album or some such, and it was fairly short. But as a huge Soundgarden fan (and, subsequently, Audioslave, because I’d have followed that guy just about anywhere) I was over-the-moon excited. Beyond, even.
Then I got to see him perform live at Webster Hall, in the city. I sat up in the balcony, sent grainy photos of Mr. Cornell from my phone to my then boyfriend (now husband) and reveled in just being there. I also forgot to wear earplugs, and spent the next day describing my ear-ringing symptoms to my doctor-in-training brother. Diagnosis: The ears would right themselves.
Glad they did, because listening to music is one of the most satisfying things I do. It brings me joy in the same way fitness does—and the two overlap regularly, on a run, in the gym or atop a yoga mat in my living room.
Bands like Tool and Metallica and Mastodon and Nirvana and Garbage have filled my workout playlists. I ran on treadmills to mid-2000s Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani and Green Day. I cued up Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest and James Brown and Ghostface Killah. I lifted weights and did planks and push-ups to Hole and Basement Jaxx and the Dixie Chicks, to Beyoncé and Nina Simone and Ornette Coleman. Prince, the Pixies, Led Zeppelin, Robyn, Celine Dion, The Verve, Rufus Wainwright, Vivaldi, Alicia Keys, Stone Temple Pilots, P.M. Dawn… they (and more) have all made their way into my earbuds and into my workouts.
Given how much I love having a good conversation, and my on-going love affair with music and fitness, I started to think how some people in the music biz might just be willing to talk about their own relationships with fitness and wellness and how doing what they love to stay in shape (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and otherwise) informs their art.
So here it is: FitMixTape. I’m thrilled you’re willing to hang out for a while (thank you) and I hope you keep coming back. This should be pretty fun.