This new series is guest blogged by Doug Logan.
Doug Logan is an Adjunct Professor of Sports Management, at New York University.
He was the CEO for USATF from 2008 until September 2010.
He was also the CEO, President and Commissioner for Major League Soccer from 1995 to 1999. To read more about his background and involvement in Track, Soccer, Rugby and the Music industry, read my Freelap Friday Five Interview
This is his 22nd article. Click here for his entire series.
SHIN SPLINTS REDUX
The other night I was watching Charlie Rose on PBS and his guest was Daniel Boulud, the famous chef and New York restauranteur. Their discussion was related to the premise “…you are what you eat”. This led me to remember something I said to my Human Resource Management class at NYU recently. We were discussing interviewing techniques and I told them that I can tell a lot about a person if I know the titles of the stack of books on their bedside table. [If they have no stack that tells me a lot, too!]
I also believe you can learn about someone by knowing what songs they listen to. In the cause of complete transparency I am going to give you a deep peek into my soul. I have selected fifty of my favorite songs and let you play the interviewer. I picked songs that had an emotional tug or that were representative of an era in my life. They are in no particular order, nor are they my only favorite songs.
Here we go:
- Nature Boy by Nat [King] Cole
- The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkle
- Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones
- Lagrimas Negras by Bebo y Sigala
- Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills and Nash
- Miss You by The Rolling Stones
- Long Train Running by The Doobie Brothers
- A Song for You by Leon Russell [also like the Whitney Houston version]
- Imagine by John Lennon
- Welcome to the Jungle by Guns ‘n Roses
- Cuando Ya No Me Quieras by Eliades Ochoa
- Dies Irae by any good Gregorian Chant Choir
- Runaround Sue by Dion [after the Belmonts]
- I Am, I Said by Neil Diamond
- Que Murmuren by Cuarteto Patria
- Yesterday by The Beatles [I remember playing this song 25 times in a row on a jukebox in a bar in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1967 while on R & R from Vietnam]
- First of the Gang to Die by Morrissey
- Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed
- Lady Marmalade by Labelle [also like the cover with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink]
- Careless Whisper by Wham
- Say You, Say Me by Lionel Richie
- Enter Sandman by Metallica
- I’m Your Man by Leonard Cohen
- Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
- Just a Friend by Biz Markie
- Human by The Killers
- Red, Red Wine the UB40 version
- Trading Places by Usher
- Ay Dios, Amparame by Los Van Van
- Bright Lights by Gary Clark Jr.
- Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top
- Dear Avery by The Decemberists
- I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick
- All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan
- Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas
- Ohio by Neil Young
- Everybody Talks by The Neon Trees
- Alleluia by Jeff Buckley
- Under The Bridge by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Diplomat’s Son by Vampire Weekend
- Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
- Sex Machine by James Brown
- Seventeen by Janis Ian
- Sugar on My Tongue by Talking Heads
- Little Red Corvette by Prince
- Roxanne by The Police
- Another Brick in The Wall by Pink Floyd
- My Baby Just Cares For Me by Nina Simone
- Got My Mojo Workin’ by Muddy Waters
- Blues in the Night by Mel Torme
Any surprises? No Elvis, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, Ray Charles or Bruce Springsteen. No Arrowsmith, The Who, The Doors or Elton John. No Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Carly Simon or Norah Jones. Very few political or protest songs. No Free Bird. No American Pie. And, no Sinatra.
There, you have it. A distillate of over a half a century of losing myself in song. Once I finished the list I thought of another bunch I could have added. I have no idea whether you can tell more about me after reading this but it was a lot of fun compiling and reminiscing.