Since I am literally and figuratively on the beach this week, I decided I should keep things a little more relaxed and light hearted. Yes, this week we are talking about music.
I know for some people, music and work don't mix. For those people, this is probably as far as you need to read. I personally started listening to music while studying when I was in college. Ever since, I feel much more productive when I have my headphones on, enjoying some tunes, blocking out my farting co-worker, and not having to listen to that guy who only talks in his "MD voice" on the phone.
I don't pretend to be any type of music connoisseur, but I thought I would supply my categories of chosen music and let everyone else weigh in with their own suggestions and preferences.
Productivity music - the most listened to category is productivity music. This is the music you put on when you need to get stuff done. For me, this is low on words, but still exciting enough to keep me going.
- Explosions in the Sky - put this on while you read the rest of this post
- Sigur Ros
- Bela Fleck
- Andy McKee
Relaxation music - it's Friday, Saturday, maybe Sunday. You decide it's time to get the "Black Eye" from. You realize after finishing it in 5 minutes that it was a bad idea. You're stressed, you're over-caffeinated. Time to chill out for a minute...
- William Fitzsimmons
- Sufjan Stevens
- M Ward (preferably solo)
- The Magnetic Fields
Pump-up music - it's 8pm, and while you were feeling reckless and thought the dry-aged sirloin was a good idea, you knew it wasn't. You still have hours of work to crank out, and if you drink more coffee, you're going to have a nervous breakdown. Throw on some of this.
- Rob Zombie
- Drowning Pool
- Sunset Rubdown
- Childish Gambino
- Avicii (no, don't even think about Skrillex, your work will end for the day, maybe your sanity)
Those Important Songs - these are the songs you throw on when you're to the point where you're ready to quit your job. They usually have a special place in your heart. I will share some of mine, but you might need to find your own.
- Geto Boys - Mind of a Lunatic
- Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff
- Yes - Roundabout (get lost in the keyboard solo)
- Notorious B.I.G. - Dead Wrong
- Tupac Shakur - Hit 'Em Up
Hope you enjoy some of these picks. I am excited to hear what other people throw on. I am always looking to add new stuff to the rotation.