Reading Playlist 2017
Reading applications is hard. We spend most of our days locked in our homes, reading application after application for hours on end. Luckily, to keep us sane, there is music. And so I've gathered some of our office's favorite reading songs into a single playlist so you can get a sense of what we jam out to while we are carefully considering your applications:
What I got is an odd mix of Broadway, classical music, movie scores, and upbeat dance music. Maybe it doesn't really make sense as a playlist, but it certainly represents the very different personalities of our office, all mashed together in one. If you're curious where the songs came from and who picked them, here are some of the officers' explanations of their choices:
"City of Stars" from La La Land - Jaime Morgen, Assistant Director: Nothing like some light jazz (and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone) to brighten up a reading day. I typically listen to Broadway musicals when I read, so this is a similar and newly welcomed addition to my Spotify playlist.
How Far I’ll Go (from Moana) - Meredith Reynolds, Associate Director: Saw it, heard it, loved it, could (and do) literally listen to it on repeat while I read applications.
Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez - Jessica Acosta-Chavez, Assistant Director: I like listening to mellow/acoustic indie music while reading and I first discovered it on my Spotify "Afternoon Acoustic" playlist!
John Williams Music - Patrick Gladstone, Assistant Director, and Sayaka Smith, Admissions Counselor: Both officers picked John Williams because it is totally epic and doesn't have lyrics to distract from the task at hand.
Golden by Jill Scott - Eddie Pickett, Associate Director: This is my favorite song, in general, because it reminds us to live life and love life... which is what we're reading about in applications!
Camino del Sol by Antena - Angela Jones, Associate Director: Because topicália music is about the conflation of disparate influences coming together to create something unique - and that’s what we are doing.
Afterlife by Ingrid Michaelson - Beky Stiles, Assistant Director: My sister says I like “big drum” songs (and she’s not wrong). I love Ingrid, and Afterlife keeps me swaying in my seat as I’m reading.
Beethoven's 7th Symphony, Movement 2 - Hayden Lizotte, Admissions Counselor: I'm a sucker for classical music and it always helps me focus - this is my favorite movement of my favorite Beethoven symphony!
Illuminate (the album) by Shawn Mendes - Grace Marshall, Admissions Counselor: Love the collaborations with John Mayer and Ed Sheeran plus there are many similarities to Justin Bieber’s Purpose album (need I say more?). “Hold On” and “Understand” are Shawn’s versions of Justin’s “Life is Worth Living” and “Purpose” and they both throw an acoustic rendition in to the mix.
(Stop) Just Love by Us the Duo - Yulia Korovikov, Assistant Director: I'm always down for music with a funkier beat to it, and this definitely hits the spot!
Think by Aretha Franklin - Meredith Reynolds, Associate Director: I love Aretha when I’m reading. It’s music you’ve heard so much that it can be background music (read: not distracting) but it also gets me FIRED. UP.
Can't Get Enough of Myself by Santigold - Meghan Dangremond, Associate Director: This is my confidence-boosting anthem when I haven't showered and can't see the light at the end of the reading tunnel.
Adagio for Strings - Susan Ardizzoni, Director of Admissions: I like to listen to Classical music (the words of other music distracts me!). This is beautiful, long, and very soothing. It takes me to a good place...
Dream a Little Dream of Me by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - Hayden Lizotte, Admissions Counselor; Jazz music sends me to my happy place, and this duet is masterful. I always get a boost of happiness listening to it!