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I’m normally a lark but I got a late start today. Hitting the treadmill for some intervals. Visit the stupid Trump speech later and get your heart rate up with Fonix by some Swedish chick with a fiddle. 


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  1. It’s a long way down, get up, get up now

    20 more minutes…

  2. I’m on a pay phone.

  3. Still a rebel after all these

  4. Bringing it down…

  5. Syncing heart rate for getting off treadmill…

  6. Dismount.
    Go Gregg…

  7. Best part of working out: the hot shower afterwards. Worst part of working out: getting the damn sport tank off of my sweaty body.

  8. The second YT clip renders this thread NSFW. 😆

  9. This song was released roughly five years ago, but I only discovered it last night.

    • Line from the YT comment thread:

      “When my mom entered the room, I switched to p0rn because it was easier to explain.” 😆

    • It must be a guy thing.

  10. That Norwegian fiddler is special. Her Baba Yaga cd from 1999 is a collection of unusual sounds you’re not likely to have heard before. She’s part of the String Sisters.

    String Sisters: Mairéad NÍ Mhaonaigh • Emma Härdelin • Liz Knowles • Liz Carroll • Catriona Macdonald • Annbjørg Lien

    And here are a couple of lively performances from the Sisters:

    The String Sisters live at Celtic Colours International Festival 2015:

    Annbjørg is one of Norway’s most outstanding fiddlers. She has a solid basis in traditional music, but is strongly inspired by crossing musical borders. Her collaboration with musicians from all over the world has made her a top performer of world music as well as Norwegian folk music. She has the courage to bring folk music into new musical landscapes.

    Annbjørg comes from a musical family, and studied Hardanger fiddle with her father in addition to classical violin at Ålesund Music School. She later studied privately with several other fiddlers, including Hauk Buen of Telemark.
    She has also studied interior architecture and furniture design at the Oslo National Academy of Art.

    Several symphony orchestras have engaged Annbjørg as a guest soloist to perform compositions written for the Hardanger fiddle, such as Geirr Tveitt’s “Tri fjordar”. She has made countless television and radio appearances, including a TV special in memory of King Olav V.

    She has actively toured with Norwegian music and culture abroad for 25 years, travelling to most parts of the world. Her collaboration with folk musicians from different countries has taught her that folk music is truly an international language.

    “If you like moody, sometimes dark, folk music, punctuated by beautiful musicianship and artistry, then you will find nothing to dislike here.”
    –Pop Matters

    “Whether moaning like late-period Led Zeppelin or humming like a hungry North Country mosquito, Lien’s hardanger fiddle is guaranteed to inspire surreal dreams.”
    –Atlantic Monthly

    “…Lien’s spectral fiddling proves hauntingly absorbing as it introduces the past to the future.”
    –Richard Harrington, The Washington Post

    She was a member of the folk music group “Bukkene Bruse”, which toured in the USA, Japan, Germany and Spain in 1993 as Norway’s official Olympic musicians. The group also performed at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer in 1994. In 1998 Bukkene Bruse were invited to become ambassadors for the Save the Children fund. They went to Mozambique to learn about the organisation’s important work, and to communicate with the children through music.

    Annbjørg is a member of the international fiddle band “String Sisters”.

    • Oooo!! Thank you so much. I found Lien’s music on the Wizard Women of the North compilation CD. Fonix is a perfect piece for running. I can sync my cadence easily and the music is uplifting and has unusual sonic elements.

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