I've written about Michael Franti before but, for a couple of reasons, his music is well worth revisiting. For one thing, it's incredibly energetic while still being light and playful. For another, Franti's social and cultural positioning dovetails quite nicely with what I think barefoot running is all about. And, finally, while Franti is not a runner (at least, not that I am aware of), he is a committed barefoot guy in his everyday life.
All of which brings us to Say Hey (I Love You), today's barefoot-style running tune. I was out running yesterday afternoon and needed a little something to motivate me in the cold weather. (Okay, I'm in Florida and it was 40-something degrees, a temperature that's not exactly daunting for many of you. Make fun if you will, but everything's relative. I was cold!) This tune proved to be just the ticket to get me going... and keep me going. (I listened to it about five times in a row!) The cadence is ever-so-slightly faster than 180 steps per minute, so it might be a bit challenging for a beginning barefoot-style runner. But if you're looking for a tune to kick-start a run or to provide an extra bit of energy at the end of a race, you'd be hard pressed to find something more lively than this. (The video, shot on location in Rio de Janeiro, is awesome. And if you look carefully, you can find a couple of young girls running barefoot!)