Guardians of the Galaxy is a profoundly stupid movie with a great sound track. The sound track also plays a crucial role in the so to speak "plot" since the hero is given a cassette tape from his dying mother in 1988 titled "Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1" just before being whisked away from earth by a band of interstellar thieves. So for the rest of the movie the hero who now calls himself "Starlord" (but no one else does) listens to some awesome 70s and 80s oldies on a Sony walkman.
On my longer runs I intersperse various podcasts and play lists including now Awesome Mix Tape Vol 1.
But numerous other songs trigger the most random memories. At one point Chicago's "Make Me Smile" popped up on a shuffle. Back in the 1970s, an instrumental section of the extended version of the song was used in the intro of Monday Night Football as a battered and snow covered Alex Karas limped off the field.
The Isley Brothers "Hope You Feel Better Love" and the Stablizers "One Simple Thing" conjured up images of actual and hoped for girlfriends in college. Springsteen, Green Day, and Santana brought back some great concert memories.
So now I am planning my own awesome playlists and mix tapes for the big run in October mixing classics and trash from the past and present. I also really like the fund raising tactic that Matt S. used last year where for a $10 or greater contribution to his chosen charity Matt would add a song of the donor's choice to his playlist for the race. I couldn't help it, I selected "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace.