This evening on my walk I was listening to “Jumping Fences” by Olivia Tremor Control and realized that its beat is exactly the pace at which I walk: every step of my left foot landed exactly on the downbeat. The next song up was a very different one, “Look on Down from the Bridge” by Mazzy Star — but, as it turns out, its beat is precisely one-half the speed of “Jumping Fences”: my left foot landed on every other down beat. This made me want to make a playlist of songs that match my preferred walking rhythm….

Alan Jacobs @ayjay