Just reading through Merri Melde’s account of her Tevis ride — and finish! — I had to smile as she mentioned singing as a way of getting through the seemingly endless California Loop…apparently her music of choice is from “The Sound of Music.”
I smiled because singing has always been my coping method of choice for those endless stretches of trail, or when I get uptight on squeak-inducing sections of trail (areas of Man Against Horse in Prescott). My current selection comes from “Phantom of the Opera” and particularly the new movie version of it…they have a couple of songs that are exclusive to the movie (end credits) and for some reason, “Child of the Wilderness” stuck in my head and it’s easy to sing softly, even if I keep forgetting the exact order of the verses.
Mimi seems to like my singing, even though I’m pretty much tone-deaf. It cheers her up, and I’ve learned that as you’re singing, you have to breathe, so it’s pretty much impossible to stay tense and uptight in the saddle.
Anybody have any other music suggestions? I’m very eclectic in my music tastes, but not all of it translates over well to being sung going down the endurance trail. Something cheerful or melodic is good, or happy, bouncy, and a little bit silly. I’ve also been known to spout Disney music while trotting down the trail (is this scaring anybody off from wanting to ride with me?) from my favorite Disney offerings: “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Robin Hood.” “Anastasia” and “The Swan Princess” have given me a few good ideas, too. Sensing a trend here that I like animated movies? :)
(Just a hint: Chanting, “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date” [“Alice in Wonderland”] while trying to make time can or cannot be taken as humorous by one’s riding partner, depending on the circumstances.)
Just plain musicals are good, too…”Phantom” as aforementioned, and “Wicked” are the two that I know really well. Mind you, I seem to have issues remembering the entire song, so I tend to string together a couple verses here and there from various songs. I’m a one-woman variety show. :)
I will learn all the lyrics to “Modern Major General” from “Pirates of Penzance.” It has a certain bouncy rhythm that would go well with the eggbeater’s trot, although that same quality can sometimes make it grate on other’s nerves. I try to sing quietly, and only when it’s my father and I, but I fear even he can only take so much. “It’s A Small World” is strictly forbidden.
What “coping methods” do others have out there?