I had been stuck in a musical rut for ages, listening to the same old stuff I always listen to, not moving out of funk/soul/reggae, but since playing The Hooping Game and getting challenged to hoop to songs of someone else's choice, that i would never normally hear, I found that there is a lot of music out there that I'm missing out on!
I always divide music into 2 categories: music I can hoop to, and music I don't listen to. This doesn't have to mean you fall into a rut, in fact, it's quite the opposite. Even if it's not something you would usually listen to, when you start thinking about how you would hoop to it, and how you would flow, it helps you see the beauty and rhythm in a song.
I have become musical omnivore. I listen more than once to any kind of music at all - I have different radio stations in each room of my house and in the car. As soon as something comes on I that I think would be interesting to hoop to, I shazam it and download into a New Stuff playlist to have a spin or two to and see what evolves from that. I am also raiding my CD collection to rediscover old favourites.
Even music normally out of your comfort zone to can inspire new move combinations, new transitions, a new to you style of hooping and broaden and enhance your own personal flow.
Current favourites on my hooping playlist that I'm surprised are there:
Fireheads, by Emiliana Torrini
You're All I Need to Get By, Marive Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Feelin' Myself, Wiil.I.Am etc.
Jazz It Up by Reel 2 Reel
Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime, Baby D
I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl, Nina Simone
Let Your Love Flow, The Bellamy Brothers
I'm a Man, Black Strobe
Chocolate Jesus, Tom Waits
Now, I gotta hoop!