L is for Listen

| May 6, 2014

Once upon a time, we were going to create a class playlist or something. I don’t think that happened.

Before it’s too late, here’s a sampling of the playlist — heavy on the “list,” not on the “play” (L is also for Lazy) — of the songs I listen to when I’m doing WRITING work. It’s a lot of overlap with what I listen to at the gym, because it helps me get on a roll. When I’m doing READING work, I only listen to the most background-y of background music, because otherwise I can’t concentrate. So things like Bach Pandora or Ambient Pandora.

[Title first, Artist second]

Telegraph Road, Dire Straits

300 Violin Orchestra, Jorge Quintero

New Year’s Day, U2

Icky Thump, The White Stripes

Lemonade, Gucci Mane

Neodammerung (from The Matrix), Don Davis

More Than a Feeling, Boston

Juicy, Notorious B.I.G.

Changes, 2Pac

My President, Young Jeezy & Nas

No Easy Way Out, Survivor

Mad World, Tears for Fears

I’m Shipping Up to Boston, Dropkick Murphys

In the End, Linkin Park

Created a Monster, B.o.B.

Heart of a Champion, Nelly

Let’s Go, Trick Daddy

Once in a Lifetime, Talking Heads

Iron Lion Zion, Bob Marley

Have a Nice Day, Bon Jovi

Dancing in the Dark, Bruce Springsteen

He’s a Pirate (from Pirates of the Caribbean), Klaus Badelt

I’m on a Boat, The Lonely Island

Take on Me, a-ha

Sandstorm, Da Rude

Through the Fire and Flames, Dragonforce

Tom Sawyer, Rush

Don’t Fear the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult

20th of April, Oysterband

Ocean Breathes Salty, Modest Mouse

Dashboard, Modest Mouse

Livin’ in America, Black 47

Funky Ceili, Black 47

Niggas in Paris, Kanye West & Jay-Z

Diamonds, Kanye West

99 Problems, Jay-Z

A Dream, Jay-Z

Like Toy Soldiers, Eminem

Cinderella Man, Eminem

Battle Born, The Killers

Bling (Confession of a King), The Killers

A Dustland Fairytale, The Killers

Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, The Killers

Mr. Brightside, The Killers