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Evans Larson’s Workday Playlist

Combat Christmas tune fatigue with Evans Larson. We’ve gathered our favorite tracks to listen to while working. 

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Anything by Preservation Hall Jazz Band. “I’ve always loved the fun, swinging music from PHJB but it recently became even more special following my honeymoon to New Orleans! My husband and I went to Preservation Hall two nights in a row since we loved it so much – put on an album and let it flow through the afternoon.” – Leslie. 

“Another Lifetime” by Nao. “I like it because I went to a concert at the Fine Line and it was 🔥 – great performer.” – Margo

“Spirit” from Disney’s “The Lion King.” “The Lion King is one of my childhood faves and adding Beyonce to that playlist was a dream come true. Truly the only song that would be worth adding to the original soundtrack.” – Margo

“Chances” by Kaytranada. “It’s one part funky, one part smooth – a great track for when you need to get things done.” – Jennifer

“Do Lemo Pontal” by Tim Maia. “The Brazilian soul-funk God! This song in particular always makes me smile. It’s upbeat and happy, and I love starting my day to it.” – Jennifer

“Whisper of a Thrill” by Thomas Newman on the Meet Joe Black soundtrack. “With distractions from emails, updates on Slack, co-workers popping in to ask questions, etc, most of my listening at work is instrumental. Something that can block out sound, be relaxing but not hold my attention enough to sing along or try to remember lyrics.” – Gretchen 

“Tightrope” by Janelle Monáe. “When work requires focused energy, chair bouncing and more than Diet Coke can provide.” – Gretchen

“Crying’s Just a Thing You Do” by JD McPherson andHold On” by Tom Waits. “Music I can ‘ignore’ but also tap/chair dance to the beat if I need to.” – Oona 

“Moving” by Kate Bush, “Chanson d’Amour” by The Manhattan Transfer or “Me Dedique A Perderte” by Alejandro Fernández. “Music is critical for concentration. My workday soundtrack is designed to allow my focus to remain on the work while satisfying an odd need to distract that part of my brain that receives music.” – Paul

Whitney’s 2019 track “Giving Up”. “Whitney’s deft use of brass and vintage keyboards is core to their comfy, relaxed sound – the brief but melodic trumpet solo following the second chorus couldn’t be more perfect.” – Jack

Saying Goodbye” by J.S. Ondara. “J.S. Ondara moved to Minnesota from Kenya after winning the Green Card lottery and has brought with him some really amazing music.” – Jack