Filed Under:

Jazzercizing To 'It's Raining Men'? Hallelujah!

All this winter, Morning Edition has been creating The Ultimate NPR Workout Mix by asking people what music makes them move. NPR's own Susan Stamberg says her favorite workout method, Jazzercise, is inherently musical.

"Jazzercise is, in my case, a group of women of a certain age — although there are a few young ones in the class — who kind of flounce around to so-called contemporary music," Stamberg says. "It's the only exercise I've ever stuck with, and I've been doing it for something like 20 years."

Since hearing it for the first time in a Jazzercise class, Stamberg says, her favorite song to make her move is The Weather Girls' 1982 hit "It's Raining Men."

"It's got a good beat, it's steady, I can keep up with it, and I like the lyrics," Stamberg says. "There's lots of good energy, and it gets me going at a certain pace."

More than the beat, Stamberg says, it's the words that really get her.

"The thing I love the most about it is one particular lyric in which she sings, 'God bless Mother Nature, she's a single woman, too / She looked up to the heavens, and she knew what to do.' And she makes it begin to rain men," Stamberg says. "The words always interest me more, really, than the melody itself. Those lyrics are very funny and very witty."

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Pepe The Frog's Long, Strange Journey — From Internet Meme To Hate Symbol

The Anti-Defamation League lists a number of symbols used by hate groups. Now among them is a cartoon frog named Pepe — but how did this odd image come to be associated with hate speech?
NPR

Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.
NPR

Pepe The Frog's Long, Strange Journey — From Internet Meme To Hate Symbol

The Anti-Defamation League lists a number of symbols used by hate groups. Now among them is a cartoon frog named Pepe — but how did this odd image come to be associated with hate speech?
NPR

Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.