Music is something that can soothe a savage beast, or in some cases a savage editor.
Around the office, a lot of us will listen to music while working on projects. Although it’s nothing too fancy, I created an editor’s playlist on Youtube to help me focus during layout nights as well when I am working at home. Some of the songs I picked are my favorites tunes that have a journalism context to them, whether it is a tune that I play while I am laying out a page or a ballad that takes me back to a fond memory of some coworkers.
Here are eight of the songs
P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing) by Michael Jackson
I heard our copy editor Kurt play this song during a layout night and then watched him dance to it. One of the things that Kurt does, is take a quick timeout and listen to some music to quickly recharge his batteries.
Age of Aquarius by the 5th Dimension
Another song that reminds me of Kurt. This was in Chicago while we were the Billy Goat Tavern, enjoying cheeseburgers and drinks. After Kurt was done using the jukebox, someone played this song and Kurt started dancing to it. That image is still burned in my brain.
Carry on My Wayward Son by Kansas
This song by Kansas is also used in the television show “Supernatural.” It has a special place in my heart for a couple of reasons because Kristie and I were playing it one day during finals week of last spring – as an homage to the TV show. This song is also special because my mother uses it for her ringtone when I call.
Just Died in Your Arms by Cutting Crew
Although this was one of my favorite songs as a kid, I had heard it again for the first time in years when Kelli Crawford, one of my subjects for the student gamers story, posted a link to this video on her Facebook.
Hold My Hand by Hootie and the Blowfish
In Chicago, Kurt, Josh Friesen (sports editor) and Libby Campbell (staff writer) and I were at Lizzie McNeil’s Pub and this song came on over the jukebox. Although it was late in the night, we all began a singalong that was talked about over Twitter…and by talked about, I mean Christopher (managing editor) was the one who tweeted it.
Space Oddity by David Bowie
I had listen to Bowie’s greatest hits and this song was stuck in my head for days. I posted some of the lyrics on Youtube and Evan the graphics editor decided to join along.
You Make Me Wanna… by Usher
Another staff singalong. It was Kurt, Josh and I spending a good 15 minutes doing renditions of Usher’s earlier hits. Our Editor in Chief, who I did not know was in the office, said we didn’t do too bad.
Under Pressure by Queen
This is a song I listened to on a road trip back from Seattle. I was with my friends Madison, Lindsey, Joseph and Kaitlin. It was my last trip with the staff of The Communicator and one of my favorite memories.
Note to my fellow Easterner editors: I will just say right now that I do not have “Snake Farm” in not on this list, nor will I ever have a place on the list.