Adrenaline Boost: Favorite Songs for Getting Shit Done
In this week's music feature for the print edition of the Riverfront Times, we address the link between music and adrenaline in the sports world. Chemists and biologists have proven that music and other stimuli can have a major effect on sparking adrenaline, which in turn may boost both athleticism and the pleasure derived from physical activity.
For our feature, we interviewed local athletes, business leaders and chemists about their observations on music in the sports realm. They all painted a nice picture of how listening to tunes can provide some extra oomph to accomplish their athletic goals, but we didn't have room to include what you really want to know: What do these people listen to?
First, a refresher about our panelists:
- Cynthia DuPureur, Ph.D. -- chemistry professor at University of Missouri-St. Louis and a yoga enthusiast.
- Bob Kaestner -- forward for the St. Louis Tigers hockey team.
- Lisa Kelly -- runner and winner of Volvo's "Biggest Fan of the Big East" contest as a representative of the University of Notre Dame.
- Gabe Lozano -- cofounder and CEO of LockerDome, a social media site for fans, athletes and coaches.
- Richard Peralta -- member of the St. Louis Crusaders rugby team.
- Katie Werges -- member of many local volleyball teams year-round, including at Kirkwood Community Center.
We asked our interviewees to share which songs they rely on for a boost in certain situations -- some of which are admittedly ridiculous. The results should arm you with enough pep to conquer both the weight room and the boardroom.
If you were about to take a swing in an MLB stadium, what would your walk-up music be?
- DuPureur -- "We Will Rock You" by Queen.
- Kaestner -- "Orange Crush" by R.E.M.
- Kelly -- "Youth of the Nation" by P.O.D. or "Madness" by Muse.
- Lozano -- "Respirator" by Flo Rida or "Ghetto Gospel" by Tupac Shakur.
- Peralta -- "Jealous of My Boogie" by RuPaul.
- Werges -- "The Final Countdown" by Europe, "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor, "Jump Around" by House of Pain or "1901" by Phoenix.
If your friend were determined to finally break up with their lame boyfriend or girlfriend and they asked you to play something to keep them focused on the task, what song would you choose?
- DuPureur -- "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles ("To stay positive.")
- Kaestner -- "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor.
- Kelly -- "Hamoa Beach" by Gomez.
- Lozano -- "Bagpipes from Baghdad" by Eminem.
- Peralta -- "Set You Free" by 3OH!3
- Werges -- "Stronger" by Kanye West or "No Scrubs" by TLC.
St. Louis is being attacked by a strange monster, and the city has determined that you're the only one who can defeat it. What song would psych you up to do your duty?
- DuPureur -- "Beat It" by Michael Jackson.
- Kaestner -- "American Pie" by Don McLean ("I can do pretty much any activity while singing that song, and without any distraction; It keeps me focused. Then when I defeat the monster -- FOG HORN!")
- Kelly -- "Remember the Name" by Fort Minor.
- Lozano -- Something by The Fray. ("We're going to hug it out, and nobody gets hurt.")
- Peralta -- "Country Grammar" by Nelly.
- Werges -- "Titanium" by David Guetta, feat. Sia.