Music plays a pivotal role in our daily lives. Whether it’s plugging into an awesome running soundtrack, or indulging in some luscious beats while cooking dinner – we each have a unique relationship with our playlists.
Music, much like the books we read, serves as a gentle yet engrossing escape. So we asked our West Margin Press team what they’re listening to as a way to escape the news of the coronavirus.
Jen, Boss Extraordinare
- The Joke by Brandi Carlile – for underrepresented voices who are struggling right now
- Angel From Montgomery by Bonnie Raitt – a longtime favorite artist of mine and in memory of John Prine’s passing
- Sarah McLachlan’s version of The Beatles’ Blackbird – for hope
Angie, Marketing Maven
I’ve been trying to “channel” beach time and positivity with these lately:
- K Bong “In the Middle of the Ocean”
- Iya Terra “Follow Your Heart”
- Movement “Set Sail”
Rachel, Graphic Design Guru
- All the Feels – Fitz and the Tantrums
- The Night We Met – Lord Huron
- Come Around – Rhett Miller
Plus almost anything by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox!
Olivia, Eagle-Eye Editor
- Dancing’s Not a Crime by Panic at the Disco
- My Blood by Twenty One Pilots
- A Place for Us by Fitz and the Tantrums
I chose these songs because they remind me that in challenging times like this that respite can be found in community, in looking optimistically toward the future, and in simple joys that we can gift ourselves.
Gabi, Social Media Savant
- Viena – Billy Joel
- The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
- Soulfight – The Revivalists
Keep the Music Playing!
Every week we’ll be adding to our mix-tape with the contributions of our many authors and artists. It’s our hope that this playlist can continue to bring people together.
Jackie Alpers, Author of Taste of Tucson
Jackie Alpers is the author of the newly released cookbook, Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona.
- I’m Not All Right -The Weird Lovemakers
- Seether -Veruca Salt
- Theme to the Magnificent Seven -Even Bernstein
I chose these songs because for me, punk rock just feels good in these trying times. It’s a reminder in my eyes (or ears!) that the human spirit will prevail and continue to make cool stuff when things get rough.
Alison Hawkins, Illustrator of The Noisy Classroom
Alison Hawkins is the illustrator of the recently published children’s book, The Noisy Classroom.
- I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
- So Gone – Monica
- Girl – Destiny’s Child
I always have Missy Elliot and Beyonce in the rotation, but I’ve been more nostalgic than usual. And I have definitely stayed up too late listening to Dnice DJ sets on Instagram live!
What are you listening to? Follow us on social media @westmarginpress as we continue to add to our playlist as the quarantine goes on.