And the Grammy for best office music goes to:
Do you listen to music during the workday? In the kitchen when you’re cooking? Is your iPhone in your back pocket when you’re doing housework? Do you listen to your own playlists in the car?
My answer to all of the above is a resounding YES! Enter the world of online music services.
Whether it’s Pandora, iTunes Radio, Slacker Radio, iHeartRadio, or any of other services (my fav is Spotify), you no longer ever have to be anywhere without music. These services are delivered either from a website or via a free smartphone or tablet app, and many of them are free, at least for a trial period.
In the case of Spotify, all of the services are free on your PC, the basic service is free on a smartphone via the app, and for a minimal (and oh-so-worth-it) monthly fee (around $10), I have access to everything – I mean everything.
From very obscure artists and music, to just-released albums, I can try out whatever I want, creating playlists along the way that I can listen to offline. As a marketing director, I do some graphic design, and I like to listen to music to get the creative juices flowing. When I just can’t seem to focus, or when my mind starts to wander, I turn on the music — either on my iPad or iPhone – and I have instant inspiration.
Here are a few of my favorite albums and/or artists perfect for office listening. If you have a favorite to share, I’m always looking for new additions to my list. And after the Grammy’s tonight, I may just have a whole new playlist to help jumpstart my Monday.
- Joni Mitchell – Hits
- Elton John – Songs from the West Coast
- Passenger – All the Little Lights (or Flight of the Crow)
- The Internet – Feel Good
- Valerie June – Pushin’ Against a Stone