(T)Workin’: Vol. 3
12:15 pm, April 15th | by Colette McIntyre
It’s hard out here for a young professional: wages are getting lower, work hours are getting longer, and you barely even smiled at that GIF your friend just sent you. But don’t reach for the 5-Hour Energy just yet — sometimes all you need is a good jam to help you get by.
We’re here to help. Each week we will supply you with a free and streamable office playlist (consider us your John Williams and your workday our Harry Potter); these are the Jane Dough-approved tunes that’ll wake you up, keep you focused, soothe your nerves, and help you celebrate the end of day. So put in your earbuds and drown out the sound of your co-worker drumming his fingers on his desk. Why be working when you could be (T)Workin’? Previous installments can be found here. To listen to today’s playlist as a continuous stream, just click here.
8:30 – 11:00: Oh man, you are feeling rough. Whose great idea was it to play a Game of Thrones drinking game? And who decided that seeing a butt meant taking two shots of burbon? …Right. The answer to both of those questions is you.
Nick Drake, “Cello Song”
The Handsome Family with The Rivet Bunch, “Eleanor Rigby”
Califone, “The Orchids“
Uncle Tupelo, “Moonshiner“
Neko Case, “I Wish I Was the Moon Tonight”
11:00 – 1:00: You never thought a headache could last this long. Why is the microwave SCREAMING?
1:00 – 4:00: After composing a slew of emails with your eyes half-closed, the ibuprofen you took twenty minutes ago (and twenty minutes before that…and twenty minutes before that…) has finally kicked in. You step out to lunch, grab a salad, and notice how lovely it is outside. You are so happy that spring has finally sprung.
4:00 – 6:00: You wish you could work on the roof. …Does this building have a roof? If you had a secretary, you would tell her to cancel all your meetings and hold all your calls and then you would head up to the roof that you think exists and sip on lemonade and hum for the rest of the day.
Blossom Dearie, “Manhattan”
Nina Simone, “Wild is the Wind”
Billie Holiday, “God Bless the Child”
Emiliana Torrini, “Heartstopper”
Edith Piaf, “Mon Dieu”
6:00: The day is over. All you want to do now is find a stoop to sit on and some passersby to watch.
The New Pornographers, “The Bleeding Heart Show“