As I mentioned earlier this week, during my PhD defense, they sent me out at the beginning for about 15 minutes and after for about 20 minutes. Both times I had my Ipod.
At the beginning, I was essentially entirely composed of adrenaline. I knew I'd need music to hype me up, and my go to was "Bulls on Parade." As I've said before, I was a big Rage Against the Machine fan at about 18. Which is exactly the right age for that. So while Zach de la Rocha's angry "fuck the system" lyrics looks different to me now, I still like RATM's music a lot. It's perfect hype music.