So I was prepared to forgo today’s Core workout. I’ve spent the day shopping for records, squeezed in an easy long run, had some beers at The Sanctuary, BBQ-ed burgers, watched an hour of Masterchef Junior with the kiddo (and I still have a movie to watch)…it’s been a good great day. But now the guilt is settling in. I haven’t done my core. So while I agreed early on after the original 28 Day Challenge (click HERE) that it was okay to miss a day here and there, after 47 consecutive days it turns out that I’m not really ready to end the streak just yet…so, at 9:00pm on a Sunday evening, I’m doing a 20 minute core workout to the self-titled album by Cross Country.
This was my impulse buy from this afternoon’s Record Fair because it had an airplane on it and I was able to haggle the vendor down from $7.00 to $3.00, and who doesn’t love a deal?
So who are Cross Country?
It sure beat the shit out of me, but that cover.
Enter Dr. Google: Cross Country is actually a band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 1973 by three-fourths of the musical group, The Tokens – Jay Siegel, Mitch Margo and Phil Margo. The Tokens (Cross Country, whatever) released this one and only one self-titled album on the Atco Records label featuring a top 40 cover of Wilson Pickett’s ‘In the Midnight Hour‘, albeit that the this album’s version is altogether different from Pickett’s 1965 soul hit. The first two minutes of the Cross Country single is considerably slower with an acoustic backdrop, picking up a bit with some psychedelic touches in the last third of the track which is a little over three minutes in length (3:14) and it actually reached #30 in the U.S. in fall 1973.
It’s a little like CSNY fucked themselves stupid with Simon & Garfunkle and then had themselves a little piece of The Nylons on the side after a few cocktails one weekend.
You should be.
Okay, it wasn’t bad for 20 minutes worth of planking, push-ups, crunches and squats at 9:00pm on a Sunday evening. Likewise, it may not have been my finest hour but at least I got ‘er done.
And for $3.00 who’s complaining?