Wednesday Timeless Classics: Soothing and Hypnotic

Artist: Orbital
Song: One Perfect Sunrise
Album: Blue Album
Time: 8:44
Genre: electronic 
BPM: 140
Category: climb, flat
Available: iTunes, Amazon, Spotify

Usually I don’t time stamp my music posts because they will be viewed for years to come. But these aren’t normal times. As I write this, the world is deep into the coronavirus crisis. Many of us are in isolation; we’ve lost our classes, our connection to our riders. Many instructors are anxious. But we are all in this together; we will ride again soon and we will be stronger for this challenge. 

On that note, I want to share with you one of my most treasured songs I’ve used in my classes over the past 15 years. “One Perfect Sunrise” was released in 2004 and from the very moment I heard it, I knew it would become an important part of what I do on a bike indoors. It became one of my signature tracks at Spinning® conferences. I looked in my library of posted songs for the Wednesday Timeless Classics (nine years’ worth!) and was blown away that I hadn’t yet suggested this track. I must have thought I posted it the first year or two of ICA since I’ve been using it for so long. 

From the very first second you turn this song on, it fills you with peace. The singer’s beautiful voice is majestic, soothing, hypnotic. Then the first few musical notes start to play and it pulls you in even more. When the beat kicks in at the 1-minute mark, you are captured, enraptured, on your way to a rhythmic, mediative state.

While this song is 140 bpm and would be best to simulate a climb, it can be used at any cadence. If you’re beat-oriented and are pulled into the 70 rpm, great! But I say, just close your eyes, ride from the heart, and let the soothing sounds of the music turn the pedals for you, wherever that may fall. 

I use this track for mind-body profiles where I want my riders to go inside themselves. Give your riders a mental focus and just let them go. Very little coaching is needed, just a few form or focus reminders here and there. No need to dictate when to stand—let them stand or sit as needed. There is a 2-minute break in energy beginning at 4:20 where it’s a good time to stand and take a saddle break. 

I hope you love this song as much as I do. And I hope it brings you some peace and calm during these challenging times. Just remember, you don’t need to be on a bike to be inspired by this track.

The YouTube video is mesmerizing in its own way; driving on the MEP Expressway in Tokyo, Japan, at sunset. 

While I prefer the original mix, here is the Reuben Halsey Upbeat Extended Mix. 10:02, 132 bpm (Not on Spotify.)

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