Feel good sports music playlist

I’m on version 4 of my softball Spotify playlist and I really think #4 hit a bullseye! It’s been really fun to listen to while playing softball and I think it would work for other sports as well. Note that I’m mostly referring to adult league sports. These songs wouldn’t necessarily work for any type of hype music for school teams or professional teams 🙂

Here is “Softball #4”. This entire list will give you 3 hrs, 38 min of great music. Scroll down for my top 10 favorites from these songs.

From this list, my 10 favorite songs to hear on game day are:

  • “Alphabet Street” Prince
  • “Numb” U2
  • “Party Like A Rockstar” Shop Boyz
  • “Black Parade” Beyonce
  • “No Diggity” Blackstreet
  • “Beer Never Broke My Heart” Luke Combs
  • “The South” The Cadillac Three
  • “Chainsaw” Family Force 5
  • “Baba O’Riley” The Who
  • “Jump Around” House of Pain

What do you think about this list? Do you have any recommendations for “feel good music” in a sports setting?

Thanks for checking out my blog!

-Out of the Wilderness

How to make a great playlist

I’ve learned in the last year or two that I really enjoy putting together music playlists. It started when I regularly played pick-up volleyball here in Nashville. There was often music as the backdrop, provided by some random person who was also there to play.

I began thinking about what songs I’d add to a playlist so I worked on it. Besides falling in love with Spotify, I eventually came up with a playlist that I thought was worthy to share on one of those volleyball nights.

Now, I will share with you tiny nuggets of advice I’ve learned since then.

  1. You aren’t just picking songs you like, you are choosing music that creates an atmosphere.

Think about all the folks that will be hearing the music. What might they like? What is the event? Obviously, if you’re making a playlist for sports, it’s going to be different than a playlist for a funeral, a wedding, Sunday mornings, etc. Pick songs that fit the environment. That’s the most critical part of all of this.

2. Think about beats per minute.

This isn’t always necessary but if you’re coming up with a “hype” playlist, say for a pre-game football warm-up, you’re not going to be playing Jack Johnson music. You’ll want something that has a good drum beat, rocking guitar, or lots of bass. Rap music works really well in this situation, just also be aware of the lyrics as most of them are “explicit” these days. Another example is a playlist I have for running. I’ve learned that there are certain songs that help me run faster, and there are some that do nothing for me. The higher beats per minute, the more motivated I am to run faster. I have a post about that here. Back to Jack Johnson, if you’re putting together music for sand volleyball, he definitely is someone to check out for the laid back beachy vibe.

3. If you have a chance, ask people for a few songs they like.

This is easy to do if you’re part of an organized team. Just check in with your teammates on what songs they like, what songs get them pumped. You can add those songs as well as other songs you’ve discovered that fit the environment of the event.

4. Most of the time, lyrics are secondary.

Especially for something like pick-up volleyball, softball, mostly any sport actually, you won’t want to use songs where it’s important to listen to the lyrics. The sport being played is the #1 focus, so anything that distracts from that (trying to listen to lyrics) is counterproductive. That’s a no-no. With all that said, it is totally OK to have a theme! If you’re school or team is the Tigers, for instance, it might be fun to include songs that fit with a tiger, “Eye of the Tiger,” is an easy example.

Putting together playlists is so fun. I love doing it. If you are into it too, just be sure to have fun! Definitely include music you like because chances are other people like the music you like. Just remember to think about the playlist in terms of the listener, not just yourself.

Do you have any additional points we can add to this list? Chime in with a comment below. Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Fair anger in adult league softball

The other day I was part of an adult coed softball game as the pitcher and to start this off… I LOVE playing softball and pitching, also. This particular league has double-headers every Wednesday so there were 2 games and when I saw who the umpire was, I committed within myself to just be cool. Go with the flow. Have fun. But this umpire is the most incompetent umpire I’ve ever encountered. Inconsistent, unaware of the rules, I’m sure he’s a nice guy, though. I had no idea the mountain in front of me was too big to climb. But let’s start with the first game.

Actually, Game 1 was fine. Mostly because I was playing outfield, just about as far away from him as possible. It could be that he made some shady calls but I was too far away to see the details of the plays.

Then we get to Game 2. I was moved to pitcher and in hindsight, I should’ve just stayed in the outfield. Being in the infield I was able to see up close his bad calls. The thing is, he was making wrong calls for both teams! So I guess he’s consistent that way?

By the end of the second game he and I (and the opposing team’s pitcher) had words and he asked the captain for my name. Darn it! I was so close to having a controversy-free night! I won’t get into the details of his incompetence because I’ll just get riled up again but what this post is about is the anger that rises up when things don’t go the way I think they should.

I went home proud of myself for the way I was mostly controlled in my conversations with him, instead of just being mean. Trying to define what it is that frustrates me so much is what I wanted to think about after the games. Am I just being too competitive? Am I cruel?? AM I NOT BREEZY ENOUGH?????? I discovered this: it’s not that the umpire is making decisions I disagree with (because that happens in sports all the time), it’s that he was making unfair calls and being disrespectful. I get super fired up when officials aren’t treating people or teams fairly. I’ve always been that way when it comes to fairness and cheating and good ol’ boy stuff. Now I’ll admit, I’ve been competitive my entire life and sometimes (most of the time?) the desire to win and be “right” can overtake my civility. I’ll be the first to admit it’s an ongoing problem but it’s getting better, I promise. The encounter with this umpire, though, wasn’t about me being right. It was about being treated fairly. The other pitcher was involved because in Game 2 he decided to act in a way that breaks rules of the sport but he’s one of those “good ol’ boys” that thinks he can get away with it because he’s friends with the umpire. I called him into a conversation with myself and the umpire and well, neither of them liked what I had to say.

But again, this isn’t about them specifically. I’ll wrap up by saying I’m happy with how I managed my emotions when usually I might get snippy and catty. This time was full of thoughtful, although perhaps not friendly, responses. It still ended with the umpire flexing his “official” muscles and the other pitcher telling me to go home to my mother’s basement. 🙂

Maturity all around.

I’m sincerely hoping this umpire is nowhere near the softball field next week but I’ll be sure to update if he’s scheduled to ruin more games.

-Out of the Wilderness

Volleyball Spotify playlist

Yesterday I posted a playlist designed for your softball games, but below is a list compiled for volleyball, either sand or indoor. While the softball playlist is mostly hip hop, rap, and a few rock songs (music to get you psyched up for homerun hitting, outfield catching, pitcher striking out batters, even in slow pitch), this volleyball list is designed to be chill and mostly relaxed. There is still rap, don’t get me wrong, but it’s about conjuring up good feelings, happiness, and it’s meant to be a compliment to the fun atmosphere that volleyball should be. Check it out and let me know if you have songs that should be on this list!

-Out of the Wilderness

Softball Spotify playlist

Are you in need of an awesome playlist for your sports team? Well, take a look at the playlist I put together for my adult co-ed softball team. The list is ever-changing, but I think this list is a homerun and will make you the unofficial DJ of your sports team. Check it out below or search for me on Spotify and find the most current playlist there.

For a list specifically designed for volleyball, check back tomorrow. This list is more about mostly chill music that’s perfect for background, good vibes.

-Out of the Wilderness