Posted on Apr 14, 2017 by Reed Dudley
Let’s face it: When you work in politics, it can be difficult to think of anything else.
(PICTURED: Me, reading the daily news.)
Whether you’re in consulting or in the field, your life is undoubtedly inundated by nonstop political media coverage, special elections, campaigns, and whatever Donald Trump and his ragtag gang of awful people have ruined for everyone that day. It’s exhausting. With this in mind, I set out to write a blog post that would give all of us a much-needed break from the negativity that has permeated our days since November 8th.
So, without further ado, I present to you our office playlist: Blueprint Bops.
From RuPaul to Bruce Springsteen to the Hamilton soundtrack, it’s evident that there is no shortage of personality among the members of our team.
But it isn’t just about personality. For many of the members of our team, music is an essential productivity tool. Our Vice President of Engineering, Nick Rivers, told me that he enjoys listening to John Mayer’s “Gravity” because it has a great, slow tempo that’s great for coding. Julie Shea, my fellow designer, told me that RuPaul has been her go-to in the past few weeks when she’s been feeling low energy. I personally enjoy listening to Bob Dylan or Fleet Foxes, their respective unique (and mellow) rhythms helping me to focus and get into the creative zone.
Science has our backs, too. There are endless studies and reports that show music boosts productivity and increases creativity. While I'm not sure our playlist can do that for you due to the wide variety of genres (Celtic punk, anyone?), we hope you enjoy listening to it and are inspired to chart out your own coworker's diverse (and sometimes weird) musical tastes.
Have a great Friday!
P.S. Do you have any artists or songs that you listen to you when you need a boost at work? Let me know! I may just add it to our playlist.