September Playlist: WORK

One of the joys of working from home (in our case a studio in a much-loved garden shed) is that you are free of social etiquette required in the office and can therefore play the music of your choice sans headphones and have a little dance if the mood takes you.  

Each month we’re going to start sharing what we’re listening to in the Jot studio because frankly we think the world would be a better place with our playlists out there for all to hear. (Jotify, if you will).

Also, after four months of working together we’re starting to realise we listen to the same music a lot. Reader, our relationship with Spotify has become stale. The suggestions it sometimes comes up with makes me think Spotify doesn’t know us at all. It’s time we mixed it up. So starting from September, each month we’re going to pick a theme to create a new playlist.

September’s theme is WORK, chosen because we’re currently working late nights in the lead up to our second trade show - Top Drawer*. So we felt we needed a little motivational music to keep us going when we’re still printing Christmas cards in the wee hours of the morning.

WORK playlist

Let’s Get Down to Business from Mulan 
The actual title of this song is I’ll Make a Man out of You apparently, but in the Jot Studio we know it as Let’s Get Down to Business. An underrated song in an underrated Disney film. Also, sung by Donny Osmond.

Money Money Money – Abba 
Abba telling it like it is.

9-5 - Dolly Parton
Because no work playlist would be complete without this number.

Run the World - Beyonce
To remind Dan (co-founder) who’s boss

Sound and Vision - David Bowie
Can’t figure out this one’s relevance to work but it’s just a tune so it’s in anyway.

Mo Money Mo Problems – Notorious B.I.G 

Hold my Hand – Jess Glynne
A surprise entrant, but this is just joy in a song. I love it.

Taxman – The Beatles

Bills – Lunchmoney Lewis
If you don’t like this song, you’re a monster.  

Don’t rain on my Parade - Barbra Streisand
Well don’t.

Ballroom Blitz- Sweet
Admittedly, parts of this song are quite annoying.

It's oh so Quiet – Bjork
Zing boom. This song is about love but it also captures the feeling of a looming deadline quite well.

Ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it - Fun Boy Three & Bananarama
You had me at Bananarama.

The Art Teacher – Rufus Wainwright
In both of our top ten songs of all time. I should stress not because of any personal experience, it’s just a ‘ridiculously good song’ and amazingly dramatic to sing along to.   

Train in Vain - The Clash
Having a job is mentioned somewhere in this song.

Montagues and Capulets AKA The Apprentice theme
‘Lord Sugar will see you now’. Always a good reminder that whatever you’re doing at least it’s not with the contestants from The Apprentice.  

Money - The Flying Lizards

The Shins – Fighting in a Sack
We listened to this a lot during our foundation year in Art. Dan’s been playing this song for nine years now and I still don’t know the words.

Weapon of Choice - Fat Boy Slim
Amazing addition from Dan. We both want to be Christopher Walken in this video.

We need to add to this playlist so let us know what you’re listening to while you work or when you're needing some motivation. Suggestions for October’s music theme also welcome!

*As I write this very unnecessary blog about music Dan is doing actual work.