In this week's Playlist spotlight, Cerentha Harris, editor of the Herman Miller Lifework blog (and some of you may have noticed, now a regular contributor to Unplggd) wanted to turn the spotlight on herself and share both her inspiring home office and the music that she plays while working through the daily grind...
What do you listen to while you work? When I write I like to listen to music without words. Something more ambient. But when I'm researching or editing I'll listen to a whole range of stuff from Sufjan Stevens to Elvis Costello to Vampire Weekend.
How do you listen? Through speakers attached to my Dell monitor. I work from home so there's no one but the dog to disturb. I don't have to worry about keeping it down!
Do you have any favorite music websites/providers? I'm addicted to Pandora. I hear a song I like, create a playlist and get a whole bunch of other songs I like. It's perfect. I like what pops up on my Eric Satie station - it works well when I'm writing and I need to concentrate. I got into Spotify for a while and I like being able to look at other people's music lists but I keep returning to Pandora. I'll also sometimes jump into iTunes and let that play at random. A lot of that music came from my husband so it's fun for me to listen to it - like getting a mixed tape from him.
Does music influence your work? It certainly influences my mood but not my work directly. There's nothing like a good song to pick you up out of those 3pm doldrums. Almost as good as a cup of coffee.
What song or artist best represents the work you create? I dread this question! My mind goes completely blank at the thought of pinning down one song to describe all the different work I do. I heard Kate Bush interviewed on KCRW yesterday and was reminded how much I love "Wuthering Heights". It's such a wonderfully overwrought, operatic song and fun to work to. But a better song to represent the work I do would be Hauschka's "Children" - it's a rich, layered instrumental piece that's busy (like me) and beautiful (which is what I aim for with the work I produce).
- Ryan Adams, Dirty Rain
- Sufjan Stevens, Chicago
- Lenka, The Show
- Ingrid Michaelson, Be OK
- Badly Drawn Boy, Once Around the Block
- Aimee Mann, Save Me
- Ben Lee, Apple Candy
- Bernard Fanning, Hope and Validation
- Nick Cave and Various Artists, The Ship Song Project
- Billy Bragg and Wilco, California Stars
- Fiona Apple, Across the Universe
- Eric Satie, Gymnopedie