I’m sitting at work listening to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist while finishing up some audit work. I commonly listen to the less engaging material while I work so I can focus on the work but I felt like some variety this morning. Most of the playlist is forgettable – but I will credit the curators with the inclusion of Jamie N Commons.
The best way for me to understand my mental state is to consider the music I find most satisfying. Currently, my tastes are trending toward more traditional, contemplative acoustic performances. #MusicMonday
As I grow older, I’ve grown to appreciate the way that music can energize, soothe and change my mood. It’s probably surprising to friends and family, but I have become a big fan of Electronica. What I like about it is that it helps me to stay focused and energized while I’m sitting at my desk at work.
I grew up listening to traditional rock from bands like Led Zeppelin, Boston, Aerosmith, etc. In the late 80’s I started listening to New Age music to help take the edge off a very stressful period (new wife, child, and job while pursuing an MBA). I still enjoy both forms of music – but at this point in my life, my greatest challenge is maintaining a laser focus. What I need in workplace music is an absence of distraction while helping maintain an energy level. Rock music is far too engaging for me – I want to understand the lyrics and engage emotionally. Lyrics are not commonly a problem with New Age music, but it’s not consistently energetic. Electronica is high energy and instrumental (in the broad sense of the word). I can put my ear buds in and focus on desk work.
I have close relatives who probably don’t understand this choice. It’s counter to the tastes of my generation. I guess very few 40 somethings choose to listen to Electronica. But if you review my Last.fm play list, there is no denying where I spend my time.
For your listening pleasure, I have included one of my current favorites. Yea, I know. It’s not what you would have expected. (short link)