I don’t know about you, but I get really bored really easily. So I make playlists to get me through the boring parts of my day. Don’t get me wrong, I love journalism and the satisfaction of putting out a good story. But when you’re sitting at a desk for 30 minutes waiting for that one email that is keeping you from doing your job, you start to go a little crazy. These are some of the songs I have been listening to lately. There are a few older ones (and by old I mean 2011) and a few newer ones but they keep me sane and make me dance (not literally, I haven’t made myself that comfortable in the office yet).
1. Holiday by Miami Horror
For a band called Miami Horror, there’s really nothing scary about them. This track gets me out of bed in the morning.
2. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains [Damien Taylor Remix]) by Arcade Fire
Sometimes I honestly think that a remix is better than the original. This is one of those times.
3. A Little Too Young by Sunday Lane (She’s an Oklahoma Native)
She’s one of my favorite artists to come from Oklahoma.
4. Heaven by Emeli Sande
I would literally marry her voice. Unfortunately, that’s not legal yet.
5. Shuffle by Bombay Bicycle Club
Try not dancing when listening to this song. I dare you.
6. Amor Fati by Washed Out
This is one of the best songs to work to on a rainy day, and we’ve had plenty of those lately.
7. I Belong in Your Arms by Chairlift
Chairlift is stuck in the 1980s and I love every minute of it.
8. Hang With Me by Robyn
This song continues to be my favorite pop song.
9. 1901 by Phoenix
This song never gets old. Ever. I’ve been obsessed with it for a year now.
10. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. by Noah and the Whale
This is just a song hipsters and mainstream music lovers both seem to love a lot.
Here at the OPUBCO offices, you might see people with ear buds hanging from their ears throughout the day. I often turn on some tunes to drown out the office noise and focus on my tasks but, for my first story for Newsok.com, ear buds or any sort of headphones were not necessary. I was able to convert my planned trip to Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival into a travel piece for the Know It section on the Newsok site.
This was my first time to attend the Bonnaroo Festival; My first time to report for NewsOk; and my first time to write a first person piece. The festival also helped me find the perfect story to launch my personal blog, Green Life Girl, an Eco concious blog. Most of the interviews I did for my story and blog were done while waiting for the next band to hit the stage. This made the wait time go by much quicker and helped me get to know the group around me.
The days were hot and dusty but the bands were full of energy and excitement. My favorite acts were The Strokes by far but closely followed by Florence and the Machine and Arcade Fire. Other than music there were some really exciting, funny and weird experiences had at the festival. I love being a journalist because it may be the only career in which you can listen to your favorite musicians and say you’re working.