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What's on our MP3 players: A look at what CP staffers listen to

"I do admit to a major love affair with sad songs."


It's only natural to throw yourself into your work. So as we were working on this week's CP Music Issue and prying into the musical tastes of others, we started wondering what our coworkers were quietly listening to at their desks all day. So we pulled out our musical libraries to provide our personal, random playlists.

Lisa Cunningham, Art Director.
Musical Perspective: Do three songs with "blues" in their titles make me look depressing? I do admit to a major love affair with sad songs.

"Workin' Woman Blues" by Valerie June
"Frenchmen Street Blues" by Jon Cleary from Treme: Season 2 soundtrack
"A Fool for You" by Ray Charles
"Warriors Get Your Gear On" by Joy Ike
"Catch Hell Blues" by The White Stripes


Charlie Deitch, City Paper Editor.
Musical Perspective: I've been into just about every type of music at one time or another. This list comes from my music library and is not limited to the current selection of tunes currently on my phone, which mainly consists of new Ameripolitan, rockabilly and Americana artists sprinkled with just the right amount of Ray Price and George Jones.

"Hey There" by Sammy Davis Jr.
"Ballad of Palladin" by Johnny Western
"She Left Me Cold" by The Derailers
"Heartless Jane" by The Danger Bees
"Ramblin' Feeling" by Kim Lenz and Her Jaguars


Al Hoff, Associate Editor.
Musical Perspective: I have always preferred my music to be jumbled: from endlessly spinning up and down the dial on 1970s radio to the 1980s and '90s mountains of mixtapes, and the glorious debut of the shuffle button.

"Indescribably Blue" by Elvis Presley
"My Reward" by Desmond Dekker
"Shadows" by Deep Purple
"This Is the One" by The Stone Roses
"Horse With a Freeze, Pt. 2" by Roy Ward a.k.a. Eddie Bo

Ashley Murray: Multimedia Editor.
Musical Perspective: I used to be very concerned with touchy-feely lyrics. As I grow older, I appreciate the quality, range and emotion of a voice and the instrumentation of a song. Quite frankly, I'd rather listen to a good beat that makes me want to dance or an emotionally charged voice that gets me motivated rather than a lyric that makes me feel and cry. I will never regret my years of listening to Joni Mitchell's Blue on repeat though!

"Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell
"Chicken-Bone Circuit" by RJD2
"Long-time Gone" by Crosby, Stills & Nash
"Big Exit" by P.J. Harvey
"Minus 1" by Broadcast


Bill O'Driscoll: Arts and Entertainment Editor.
Musical Perspective: I try to listen to as many different things as possible, though I default to blues/rock. The boppy Tracie song was on a mix CD from a friends; Run The Jewels represents my efforts to keep up.

"Poor Boy" by Howlin' Wolf
"The House That Jack Built" by Tracie
"Big Kick, Plain Scrap" by Nick Lowe
"Blockbuster Night, Part 1" by Run the Jewels
"The Good's Gone" by The Who


Margaret Welsh: Music Editor.
Musical Perspective: For reasons too convoluted to get into, I haven't updated my iPod in over a year. Nonetheless, this is kind of a cartoonishly accurate reflection of my listening habits.

"War" by Harvey Milk
"Numbers on the Boards" by Pusha T
"Bitches Ain't Shit" by Dr. Dre
"Call Me" by Diamond Head
"Born to Die" by Lana Del Ray


Alex Zimmerman: Staff Writer.
Musical Perspective: Accumulating music has always operated in a shadowy ethical place for me — from the early days of Napster to ripping the entire iTunes libraries of close friends. But since signing up for Spotify, the music "sharing" process happens instantly, so as my friends and family discover music, I cherry-pick the best (and worst) of what they're listening to.

"Summer in the City" by Lovin' Spoonful
"Partition" by Beyonce
"Blackbird" by Fat Freddy's Drop
"Make You Better" by The Decemberists
"Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men

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