Tuesday, 24 July 2007


Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 with 3 comments
Zeitgeist is originally a German expression that means "the spirit of the age"… It describes the intellectual and cultural climate of an era. And Zeitgeist is the name of a new album by The Smashing Pumpkins.

If true that Pumpkins' reading of our culture has been accurate over the years, things are, to use an over-used running cliché, looking good. This is their most positive and hopeful album yet from a group whose lyrics are brutally “honest”.

Song of the week: Starz, from Zeitgeist, by The Smashing Pumpkins
- a stand out track on an outstanding album.

Born of love and cast in light
Don't you know we cannot die

We are stars
We are
We are stars
We are
We are stars
We are

The stars above, stars of grace
Shining down what's left of face

You hurt so bad
This knowing, this fallacy
I want so much
To follow as I lead

For love I keep
Silent I weep
Dead suns rule dead air
But heaven is everywhere

Torn from god and flung towards night
Don't you want what I can't fight

We are stars
We are
We are stars
We are
We are stars
We are

The stars that shine, stars that bleed
Silver seeking destiny
So follow please

This hurts so much
This knowing carries me
We want so bad
We forget we are free

Spirit smile on
Deep black diamond
So rise the lost toys
Island of white noise
And purple haze

We are stars
We are stars
We are stars

What hurts so much
Is knowing we are free

Unluckily the metronome tells me “Starz” is 135 bpm. I have tested two albums and only found one track at 180 so far; once I have a collection I will have to road test them before you see a list.

Starz: A live version:

Report on Monday night training.
Adam, Amanda, Carolyne, Charmaine, Emma, Ewen, Geoff B, Helen, Katie, Ken, Margaret, Maria, Mick H, Neil, Sonia and I did our last strength/co-ordination hill session before we move to another training phase next week.


Griffin is touring the world, currently enjoying holidaying in France, and taking a liking to their good food...


  1. You're going to find them at 180, most rock bands don't get beyond 140 as they can't play fast enough due to lower dexterity. My maximum is semiquavers in the crotchet to around 240, and that's after 15 years of training. You want 180? Try Chopin. The faster ones (etudes etc). Only problem is the beat of those songs isn't always clear. Otherwise you are best to get one at 60 and do 3 beats to it, but you're also not likely to find a track that slow. Good luck!

  2. i used to do pool running to peer gynt's "in the hall of hte mt king". it started slowly and then i had to paddle run faster as the tempo increased. couldn't do it with regular running, but with pool running, it was great.

    am i deaf? i can't hear the speed in pop songs like i can in ones performed by an orchestra.

  3. Drat, 6,500 songs on my PC but no Chopin. There's one album somewhere in the house...
    If I check ten songs a day I will be finished in only two years.

    TAP YOUR FOOT! NOD YOUR HEAD! There's often a beat there somewhere.