Whistle While You Work

or Maybe Create a Playlist

The older I get the more things I seem to notice or maybe the more things just come into focus. One of the things I’ve noticed lately (or it has come into focus) is the importance music plays at work. What I mean is being able to listen to the music of my choice while working. I never gave it much thought so I took for granted how important it is.

I’ve worked a variety of jobs over the years. I considered pay, benefits, conditions, and a variety of other factors when searching and selecting work, but I never considered whether or not I could play music while I worked. As I look back at my long list of jobs the ones I liked the most allowed me to play music of my choice. From my first full time job in retail electronics where I brought in my Case Logic binder of Columbia House CDs (if you are of a certain age you know what I’m talking about), to the 5:00 am inventory/pricing job and my IPod Nano packed with all those one penny CDs, or my current job where I can play seven hours of Pandora playlists a day for my clients I’ve come to realize music makes the work day a little more enjoyable.

All those jobs that didn’t allow music made the days a little slower, a little greyer, a little less enjoyable. I’m not saying I’d take twenty-five percent pay cut or give up all my benefits just to be able to listen to music, but I do believe if you have to do a thing for eight hours a day then try to find something that makes those eight hours a little more enjoyable. Whether or not I can listen to music while I work is something that I’ve decided to add to the list of considerations when I make the move to my next job. What about you? Any special considerations?

-K-

4th of July: The Mix Tape

A Side

1. “America”–Neil Diamond

2. “Living in America”–James Brown

3. “Ragged Old Flag”–Johnny Cash

4. “Born in the USA”–Bruce Springsteen

5. “American Pie”–Don McLean

6. “Surfin’ USA”–The Beach Boys

7. “R.O.C.K. in the USA”–John Mellencamp

8. “Back in the USA”–Chuck Berry

9. “Star Spangled Banner”–Jimi Hendrix

“Legion Memorial #7”

B Side

1. “The Heart of Rock & Roll”–Huey Lewis and the News

2. “American Girl”–Tom Petty

3. “Dancing in the Streets”–Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

4. “Fortunate Son”–Creedence Clearwater Revival

5. “Sweet Home Alabama”–Lynyrd Skynyrd

6. “Chicken Fried”–Zac Brown Band

7. “Cheeseburger in Paradise”–Jimmy Buffett

8. “All Summer Long”–Kid Rock

9. “We’re an American Band”–Grand Funk Railroad

-K-

Getting By: The Mix Tape

1. “House Rent Boogie”—John Lee Hooker

2. “Fast Car”—Tracy Chapman

4. “Another Day in Paradise”—Phil Collins

3. “Marie”—Townes Van Zandt

5. “Sittin’ on a Poor Man’s Throne”—Bobby “Blue” Bland

“Couple at Jukebox”

6. “King of the Road”—Roger Miller

7. “Broken Down”—Eric Clapton

8. “Times Gettin’ Tougher Than Tough”—Them

9. “Hard Time Losin’ Man”—Jim Croce

10. “Hard Time”—Gillian Welch

-K-

Winter Time: The Mix Tape

1. “December Baby”–Ingrid Michaelson

2. “Snowin’ on Raton”–Townes Van Zandt

3. “Mid-December Blues”–Samuel James

4. “Snowflake”–Amy LaVere

5. “Get Me Through December”–Alison Krauss

6. “Winter”–Tori Amos

7. “Winter’s Song”–Cowboy Junkies

“Snowy Backyard #3”

8. “Christmas Song”–Dave Matthews Band

9. “Christmas in Paradise”–Mary Gauthier

10. “White Christmas”–Otis Redding

11. “New Year’s Resolution”–Otis Redding and & Carla Thomas

12. “Happy New Year”–Lightnin’ Hopkins

13. “Like New Year’s Day”–Sara Watkins

14. “Winter’s Come and Gone”–Gillian Welch

-K-

Bad Medicine: Self-Medication Mix Tape

1. “Cocaine”–Eric Clapton

2. “Hurt “–Johnny Cash

3. “Methamphetamine”–Old Crow Medicine Show

4. “Junker”–Hugh Laurie

5. “Old Fashioned Morphine”–Jolie Holland

“Picking Tunes”

6. “Snowblind Friend”–Steppenwolf

7. “Heroin Addict Sister”–Elizabeth Cook

8. “Hotel California”–Eagles

9. “My Morphine”–Gillian Welch

10. “Nothin'”–Townes Van Zandt

-K-

Black Coffee and Cigarettes: The Mix Tape

1. “Coffee Girl”–The Tragically Hip

2. “Smoke Rings”–Sam Cooke

3. “Cigarettes and Coffee”–Otis Redding

Red Cup (Optio-edit)
“Red Cup”

4. “Rum in My Morning Coffee”–Jan Smith

5. “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray”–Patsy Cline

6. “Don’t Smoke in Bed”–Nina Simone

Apt. Cigarette Break (edit)
“Cigarette Break”

7. “Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wild Wild Women”–Jim Croce

8. “Coffee Blues”–Lightnin’ Hopkins

9. “Never Get Out of These Blues Alive”–John Lee Hooker

-K-

Blues at Your Door: The Mix Tape

1. “Back Door Man”–Howlin’ Wolf

2. “Don’t Answer the Door”–B.B. King

3. “Next Door Neighbor Blues”–Gary Clark

4. “Howlin’ at Your Door” –Fiona Boyes

5. “Don’t Turn Me From Your Door”– John Lee Hooker

Ivy and Iviry #4 (P7000-editj19.142)
“Ivy & Ivriy Club”

6. “Knockin’ at Your Door”–Bobby Rush

7. “Right Next Door”–Robert Cray

8. “The Hearse is Backed Up to the Door”–Lightnin’ Hopkins

9. “Backdoor Love Affair”–ZZ Top

10. “Back Door Man”–Willie Dixon

-K-

Relationships Gone Wrong: The Mix Tape

1. “My Good Gal”–Old Crow Medicine Show
2. “Delia’s Gone”–Johnny Cash
3. “Murder My Baby”–Cedell Davis
4. “Killing Him”–Amy LaVere
5. “Hey Joe”–Jimi Hendrix

Candy and Dagger #1 (D5300-editj23.08)
“Heart and Dagger”

6. “Sweet Blood Call” Louisiana Red
7. “Love & Mumbly Peg”–Samuel James
8. “Blood on the Bible”–Fat Man Squeeze
9. “’97 Bonnie & Clyde”–Tori Amos
10. “Pretty Little One” Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell

-K-

Songs in the Key of Lonely

1. “Lonely Avenue” — Diana Krall
2. “Lonely Sinking Feeling” — Cowboy Junkies
3. “I Cry Alone” — The Black Keys
4. “I’m So Lonesome I Could cry” — Johnny Cash
5. “Alone & Forsaken” — Townes Van Zandt
6. “Lonesome Songs” –Pieta Brown
7. “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” — Madeleine Peyroux
8. “Lonesome On’ry & Mean” — Steve Young
9. “Lonesome Home Blues” — Buddy Guy
10. “Lonely Man” — Bill Frisell

-K-

Drinking: The Mix Tape

A Side

1. “Hey Bartender” — The Blues Brothers
2. “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” — ZZ Top
3. “Whiskey In My Whiskey” — The Felice Brothers
4. “High Shelf Booze” — Eilen Jewell
5. “Whiskey In the Jar” — Fat Man Squeeze
6. “Drink House” — Scrapomatic
7. “This Drinkin’ Will Kill Me” — Dwight Yoakam
8. “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” — John Lee Hooker
9. “Another Round” — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

B Side

1. “Bad Bad Whiskey” — Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
2. “What Good Can Drinkin’ Do” — Janis Joplin
3. “Stop Drinking” –Van Morrison
4. “Cigarettes, Whiskey, & Wild Wild Women” — Jim Croce
5. “Goodbye Booze” — Old Crow Medicine Show
6. “Pointless Drinking” — Amy LaVere
7. “Between the Bars” — Madeleine Peyroux
8. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” — Johnny Cash

-K-

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