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Whistle While You Work, Part 2

Dec 7, 2011 9:36:00 AM
By BLO Staff

Last week we revealed what some of our staff listens to at work. We may work for an opera company, but it's not all opera all the time for us!
Here's another peek inside our work-music habits!
Erik Johnson, Artistic Coordinator:
Britten
for contracts, Pärt for budgets, and Handel for everything else.
Joa Stenning, Audience Services Coordinator:
Before I arrive at work, I start my day with the
sounds of Nicki Minaj’s “I’m the Best,” which helps me to feel good about
myself and feel motivated for the day ahead. Most people get along just fine
waking up to the beep of an alarm clock, but I feel much more positive waking
up to something loud and dance-able. Once I’m settled in at work and I begin a
project, I like to listen to Ingrid Michaelson or Neko Case. Ingrid’s music is
light, catchy, and fun to sing along with, which helps me get through the more
mundane tasks. Neko’s music is soft, soothing, and soulful, which is much
better to listen to when I need all of my focus on the project at hand. I also
love listening to Neko’s music because she and I are both cowgirls at heart. I
spend my days in an office in bustling downtown Boston, but sometimes I wish I was roaming
the prairies like “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” instead.
Sarah Blume, Senior Major Gifts Officer:
Currently have Pandora tuned to Arvo Pärt.  Good
work music.  I tuned to Pärt following Boston Ballet’s Bella Figura,
which I loved, last season which used music by Pärt.  I thought
it was the first time I’d heard Pärt, not realizing that I’d heard his
music at Providence
Waterfire one year and was so struck by Tabula Rasa that my
mother-in-law hunted down the CD for me.   
The Pärt station occasionally plays the Henryk Górecki
Symphony No. 3 – which I love.  It just makes you want to weep .... 
Julie House, Education & Community Programs Manager:
Cello
concertos and almost always one of the big three: Dvorak, Shostakovich or
Elgar. I like them because I know them well enough that they can make nice
background music, but if I really need to be inspired by something I can just
turn up the volume. Sometimes I need something totally different and the last
time that happened I turned on Jeff Bridges’ new country album. It’s excellent.
Cassidy Fitzpatrick, Development & Artistic Associate:
It’s a range, sometimes Usher, or other loud dance music when I’m particularly
stressed. Mostly I find I just get fixated on one song, be it rock, pop, hip
hop, folk or otherwise, and listen to it on repeat for an entire day, seems to
soothe the nerves and helps me to block out everything so I can get stuff
done.
Karen Robichaud, Design & New Media Manager:
I really enjoy having something in the background to even out the general 'white noise' of working in an open office; be it music (pop, musicals, movie soundtracks) or radio programs. I find the news weirdly soothing, even though I don't actually listen to the stories. Some of my projects are so involved that focused concentration is the only way to complete them, and listening to something helps me concentrate.

Topics: behind the scenes, music, BLO staff

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