MassWalk 2017 Summer Playlist

A few weeks ago on a bright Sunday
morning while approaching the crest of a hill on Route 143 in the Town of Peru, a soft steady breeze swirled around me as gospel inspired piano keys started playing over my headphones. The piano intro was  followed by drums lightly tapping out the rhythm in the background and Aretha Franklin began singing:

Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired

Before the day I met you, life was so unkind
But you’re the key to my peace of mind

‘Cause you make me feel
You make me feel
You make me feel like a natural woman

Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, video

And with the sun in my eyes and blue skies overhead, church was in session. I felt so uplifted by the music playing. I felt I had found confidence and serenity in the same moment knowing that I had just scaled one of the tallest peaks in the state; I knew at that moment I was going to make it! Over the next few weeks I started keeping a list of my favorite music tracks while hiking.

I like to listen to music saved on my IPhone in the shuffle mode. So my playlist selection is eclectic, and includes classics from Aretha Franklin, Beck and Donny Hathaway, along with more recent artists Justin Bieber, Jay Z and Janelle Monae.

The playlist also showcases up and coming artists who you may not be familiar with like Mausiki Scales of Atlanta.

I also will tweet the playlist on Sunday.

MassWalk 2017 Summer Playlist:

You Never Can Tell, Chuck Berry

Hotel 49, Chet Baker

Now’s the Time, Charlie Parker

Life Is Worth Living, Justin Bieber

Take A Picture, filter

Las Cosas Pequenas, Prince Royce

Stay, Meshell Ndegeocello

Bustin Loose, Chuck Brown

Funky Guru, Prem Joshua

Ay Vamos, J Balvin

Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, Nina Simone, Jaffa (Remix)

August Day Song, Bebel Gilberto

Diamond Dust, Jeff Beck

Freedom Flight, Mausiki Scales

Esperare, Manzero