A common sight for our office mates is to see us bobbing our headphone-covered heads as we code, design, or strategize. To spur creativity is to listen to music, and we wanted to give a shoutout to some of the artists that have helped us create.
Marcus Warner – Africa
I love listening to instrumentals while I’m working. This composter I found while listening to a mix of movie trailer music and have followed him ever since. I picked this song out of the dozens he has because even though it doesn’t have lyrics, I feel the story this song is telling. You can picture yourself changing landscapes with each new theme and I always take a moment when this song is on in a playlist to appreciate it’s emotional journey.
Gustav Holst – Jupiter Hymn
If non-lyrical music is what you’re in search of, I find that the Jupiter hymn, by Gustav Holst, is an excellent and delightfully moving orchestration. The Jupiter Hymn is a movement from Holst’s larger piece, The Planets, a seven-movement orchestral piece wherein each movement within the suite is named after a different planet of the solar system.
I love Jupiter for its depth of feeling and range of emotion.
Rachmaninoff – Bogoroditse Devo
All Night Vigil, is arguably one of the greatest achievements in Russian a cappella choral music of the 20th century, and one that is near and dear to my heart. As a young music student, this piece was selected as a final project in my advanced conducting class, and has stuck with me ever since. It’s not necessary to understand Russian in order to appreciate this piece, as I find it transcends linguistic barriers with its rich textures, harmonies, and phrasing. No matter who you are, or what mood you’re in, listening to this piece transports you to another plane of emotion and allows you to escape reality for approximately 3 minutes.
We’ve created a playlist of three songs we listen to while we work, as well as a few of our favorite tunes that help us relax. Enjoy!