New Workout Music

Hello September Playlist

New Workout Music

As we kick start a new month, I figured a new workout playlist was in order...really it's any excuse for me to spend time listening to music.

But I digress. 

Turn up the volume, curse under your breath and work up that sweat...even though most of us hate doing it.




The Boxer Soundtrack

Kick Ass Songs For a Fighter

The Boxer Soundtrack

So over the weekend I received a message on Facebook from a friend and former co-worker of mine....

It went a little something like this...

"Hey Connie

I so have a new Yummy Mummy column for you and an opportunity for you to come back to your roots as a rock chick!

I have a friend that is a single mom of three and she's training for MMA.

She takes an hour or so a day and trains - it's her alone time her way to digest everything. She just signed a contract to fight (as in boxing) in December. When I asked her what song she was going into the ring with she said 'Nickelback'.

I had her pull the car over and I threw up a little.

Now there has gotta be better songs for her to run into a ring and kick some ass...otherwise I will have lost faith in all that is good and holy and will resign to the fact that Justin Beiber will in fact be our overlord one day.

She asked me to come up with 10 kick ass songs... so can yeah can you come up with the list?


Well we all know I love a project...especially a musical one at that.

The ultimate song in my book would be Eminem's 'Lose Yourself'....the build up in that song plus the lyrics......screams fighter going into the ring for the win.

But since the request was for songs on the 'rock' and 'alt rock' slant....

And for the record, I must confess that there is one Nickelback song that would totally work...'Burn It To The Ground'....but since the request was to come up with 10 kick ass 'Nickelback-free' songs I shall comply.

So here's my list....I went beyond the classic played out and over done tracks....cause that would have been too easy....the aim here was to go for somewhat original...and as in your face as we could get.

"YMC Bsides A Soundtrack for The Boxer Fighter" ('fighter' sounds much more fierce)

Breaking Benjamin - Crawl
Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
Rob Zombie - Never Gonna Stop
P.O.D - Boom
Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
The Vines - Get Free
Rage Against the Machine - Sleep Now In The Fire
Drowning Pool - Feel Like I Do
Mudvayne - Scream With Me
Beastie Boys - Sabotage

Like I was going to stop at 10 songs....

Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Rob Zombie - Dragula
Monster Magnet - Space Lord
Nine Inch nails - March of the Pigs
Orgy - Blue Monday
Powerman 5000 - When Worlds Collide
Saliva - Click Click Boom
Crystal Method - Weapons of Mass Destruction
Thousand Foot Crutch - Fire It Up


League of Rock in Ottawa

Life's Too Short To Not See Your Dreams Realized

League of Rock in Ottawa

"When rock and roll was invented, they didn't intend for you to learn it while sitting in a small square room taking lessons from a teacher. You gotta get with friends who share licks, teach each other, and rock out loud." ~League Of Rock

Growing up we all had dreams...some we attained and some we shelved, and some got lost along the way. The thing is, as we get older there comes a time where we take stock of all the things we've accomplished - successful career, family, friends, children and do we feel fulfilled and satisfied? It's inevitable one day you wake up and you're overcome with the desire to revisit those days of your past - especially those dreams that were unfulfilled.

You decide that it's time to do something that's all your own... To express the side of you that has been lost in the shuffle of 'adulthood and everyday life for all those years. You would be surprised how many there are who feel this way.

And that's where The League Of Rock comes in.

The League Of Rock provides a creative outlet all but forgotten to the hidden musical population in cities across North America (Vancouver, Toronto, NYC, Chicago). And now its finally made its way to Ottawa.

Yes Ottawa. For all those adults (men and women alike) who accepted their dreams of being a pro musician were all but over, and thought they'd be forever stuck in the basement with no one to play with, or be stuck singing in the shower where no one can listen... Well those days are over... The creative outlet you've been looking for has finally arrived.

The adult 'hidden musical population' in Ottawa finally has the opportunity to come together with other like-minded adults who are tied together by one common thread... to express their pent up creative side and have the chance to live out that hidden musical dream in all its glory, in a true 'band experience'.

The League Of Rock brings together blue collar workers, government workers, business executives, teachers, lawyers, stay at home moms and dads who have the same musical passion and are vested in the same creative process that is rock'n roll... To come together, meet others who play, learn from pro's, record in great studios and perform in live venues, and ultimately have fun unleashing the music.

Founded in 2006, by Terry Moshenberg and Topher Stott, the LOR has catered to over a thousand adult amateur singers and musicians, offering them a place in a band, a 10 week circuit, playing at industry rehearsal facilities, a recording session at a state-of- the-art studio, and culminating in a spectacular showcase at a landmark live venue.

Like many of his members, Moshenberg was once a basement musician.

“It’s time to come out of the basement and hit the stage. Everyone deserves the ability to continually explore and enrich their lives, and The League Of Rock provides the forum to do that".

League Of Rock, with help from Ottawa’s own Dick Cooper, front man for the long adored band, The Coopers Brothers, Capital Rehearsal Studios and Zaphod Beeblebrox, promises to deliver the same unforgettable adult rock’n roll experience it's famous for in other cities.

Ottawa's launch kicks off with an open house on September 18, 2011 at Zaphod Beeblebrox.

It's your chance to try out the LOR experience before diving in and making the full commitment.

You'll meet the founders and some of the LOR’s pro coaches, get into bands, perform live and record with fellow adult musicians. You'll receive invaluable nuggets of rock’n roll wisdom from coaches such as Dick Cooper (Cooper Brothers) and other great Ottawa area pro’s.

LOR coaches are professional musicians and veterans from the business. They include Yardbirds founder Jim McCarty, long time RUSH Producer Terry Brown, Dan Clancy, Lighthouse, Carlos Alomar, and Earl Slick from David Bowie’s band, and many others.

So Ottawa it's time to step up and live out that dream - life's too short not to see your dream realized. You've been waiting your whole life to unleash the music, and this is the chance to do it.

So how many mummies and daddies out there in Ottawa have that hidden talent?

How many of you play an instrument or sing?

Answer in the comment field below and you'll be entered to win a coveted spot in a band at the Open House on September 18th. (For full details click here)