On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

NYCM and... a concert?

A few weeks ago, the NYRR emailed those of us who are registered for the NYCM to ask our feelings on a race weekend concert.

Now, I have some thoughts on this.  The race is already enough of a festival; do we really need a concert?  Then again, there's no reason why I have to go to one, anyway, so who cares?

But, then I read further through the email, and got to this, the proposed list of bands:

John Mayer's a runner!
And a d-bag.
-Lenny Kravitz
-John Mayer
-LCD Soundsystem
-Roger Waters
-Cheap Trick
-Al Green

I find this list absolutely fascinating.  These are the bands they think we as runners will like.  These are the musicians they think we want to hear.  Or, perhaps more accurately, these are the bands that might be available and within their price range that someone in their office thought would work.  Still, it's so interesting to me.  You can get absolutely no sense from this list of who the target person is that these bands are all supposed to appeal to.  Except that it's not yours truly.

Also, wish me luck: physical therapy at 4:15 this afternoon.


  1. Luck!

    Well, there are several reasons for me wanting to see Lenny Kravitz play (like the songs, love the way the guy looks (I know...it's the whole bad boy-thing...I guess)...). So, if he's in the line-up...I'll come and check it out. ;) :)

  2. My main question about the concert was not the listing but the timing - I think I will be done around 3 or 4pm since I am in a late late starting corral and I am slow... I am not going to hang around forever for a concert. If I go home, I am not sure I will be able to walk back to a concert. So...maybe it's for the faster people.

  3. As I recall they had a "favorite day" selection, too. There's no way I'd hang out after for any of those bands, but I would do Friday night, particularly if it was MGMT or LCD Soundsystem or if it were early-ish(no, I'm not a freaking hipster, I just like their music.)Also, belated luck!