Wednesday Timeless Classics: In Honor of a Musical Icon, Robert Miles

Today, the world heard the very sad news that Robert Miles has died at age 47. His music has been used in indoor cycling classes around the globe since the very early days of Spinning®. In his honor, I want to simply post a few of his amazing songs. I hope you will use them in your classes this week, and if you are new to Robert Miles, that they will become timeless classics in your repertoire.

Let us know in the comments how long you’ve been using Robert Miles songs, and what you love to do to them.

There is a similar feeling and rhythm that runs through many of his songs. There are many versions of his most famous song, “Children.” Listen to them all to find your favorite. 

Here is the Spotify link to his songs.

Artist: Robert Miles
Song: Children (Dream Version)
Album: Dreamland
Time: 7:05
Genre: electronic, trance
BPM: 137
Category: climb
Available: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon

This track became one of the biggest dance music tracks in history, making it to number one in more than a dozen countries around the world. In an interview, Miles said the song “Children” was inspired after his father showed him pictures of child victims of the war in Yugoslavia in 1994.

While I now only use this song as a climb (~68 rpm), I used to use it as a tempo flat road. I know many instructors who still do, It has a very dreamlike feeling to it. Just close your eyes and let the music dictate how you want to ride it. 

Artist: Robert Miles
Song: In the Dawn
Album: Dreamland
Time: 7:59
Genre: electronic, trance
BPM: 135
Category: climb
Available: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon

A little more trance-like, with a rhythm that begs to be climbed to. 

Artist: Robert Miles
Song: Fable
Album: Dreamland
Time: 7:13
Genre: electronic, trance
BPM: 136
Category: climb
Available: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon

There is also a version of this called “Message Version” that has the lyrics “Tell me a fable.” 

3 Responses to “Wednesday Timeless Classics: In Honor of a Musical Icon, Robert Miles”

  1. Martyn Chidgey says:

    I guess I must have used Children once a year since I started teaching in 1999. It never fails to connect and like you say, ‘close your eyes and ride’. Always a climb for me with little verbal coaching, just encourage riders to use the dynamics of the music to choose to stand. Used it as a tribute last night-the class just soared.

  2. Jennie Sage says:

    I’m a little surprised I haven’t yet posted “Children” by Robert Miles as a WTC. It’s in my playlist of “WTC To Do,” just hadn’t gotten to it yet. Glad I can post 3 at once.

    I can’t wait to ride to these songs again. “Children” is also a regular part of my outdoor riding playlist (when mountain biking).

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