Scatman John

It’s been scientifically proven that listening to high energy music, somewhere between 130 – 180 beats per minute (BPM), can help you burn more calories during a workout or a jog or even cleaning the house – than you would otherwise. Mostly, it’s the rhythm and melodies that make us prefer one tune over another. Occasionaly, the words may also be motivating. I find that listening to high energy music in the background, no matter what I’m doing, can put me in a good mood.

According to a recent article in the New York Times, Haile Gebrselassie, the Olympian from Ethiopia who has won the gold medal at 10,000 meters, often requested that the techno song “Scatman,” which has a B.P.M. of around 135, be played over the sound system during his races.

I recently heard the below song by Scatman John, aka John Paul Larkin (March 13, 1942 – December 3, 1999). Scatman John was stutterer growing up, but later turned his biggest problem into his biggest asset – becoming a jazz musician and singer who created a unique blend of scat singing and dance music.

I found the “Scatman” video on YouTube. It has great rhythm, a great melody, and uplifting lyrics as well! Scatman John: “As a matter of fact, don’t let nothin’ hold you back – cuz if the Scatman can do it, then so can you!” If you are waking up in the morning, or just feel a lack of energy – listen to this song and it will really get you moving!

Please feel free to suggest other great, energetic and motivating tunes in your comments!