When you find yourself identifying with these songs at work, you know it’s probably time to reexamine your career. Here’s why:
“Karma Police” by Radiohead
“For a minute there, I lost myself, I lost myself …” is exactly what I’d be listening to if I were stuck in a soul-sucking corporate job like you almost definitely are. You lose a sliver of yourself when you walk through the door and another one each time you feel low at work, toiling in the corner while the well-fed hens rule the roost. Or perhaps you are a gofer for a “Dance Moms” producer, in which case this song would make a lot of sense.
“Perfect Day” by Lou Reed
When I hear “Oh, it’s such a perfect day, I’m glad I spent it with you,” I think of a.) Incredibly sad resignation, and b.) My stint on antidepressants in middle school — or every workday after coffee. Of course, it’s a song about simple romance, addiction and vague malaise. It means you’ve given up on being creative and have become a drone, but you’re OK with that. Someday you’ll break away from the hive. Unless you get used to it and just give up.
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea (or any pop song)
You either moonlight as a club promoter or try too hard to identify with your teenaged children. Perhaps you are a motivational speaker. And that’s OK, too. Why don’t you try to, um, expand your musical tastes little by little? Take it one step at a time, and you’ll find you have better listening habits soon. You know, I was just like you …
“Fortune” by The Marked Men (or any similarly fast-paced, somewhat aggressive tune)
These little ditties are of the triumph song variety. This means you have hope. You’ve made it into your dream job, or at least your dream project, dream person, dream dog? It was a struggle, and you may have pissed some people off in the process, but now you’ve … got a little fortune.
Which songs reflect YOUR workday?
Eve Lampenfeld is a contributing journalist for TheBlot Magazine.