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Music Fuels Our Fire

Five mood-enhancing playlists to get you through just about anything…including a pandemic.

It’s been said by many that music is not only the soundtrack of our lives, but also the backdrop to our work day. 

Whether you work outside, in a warehouse, behind the wheel or at a desk, music is often the fuel that gets you through the day. 

We’ve enjoyed getting to know our teammates by what they choose to play when they are DJ for a day in the office. But because we are DJ’s of our home offices now, (and because 2020 is proving to be the longest year EVER) we decided we could all use some help curating a new soundtrack to your day.  

Depending on your mood or your task, you need a different beat. Below are five different playlists that you can download for free on Spotify. 


What are you in need of?   OPTIMISM   FOCUS   A BREAK  PERSPECTIVE   WOW

Album #1: Spark of Serotonin

As the winter days grow shorter, darker and colder. And as the months of COVID-19 precautions drag on. We could all use a dose of optimism. 

Let’s dig deep and find our inner cheerleader even when it’s harder than ever. Let’s embrace the opportunity to pay forward lightness and optimism through music. At Glantz Design, when we need to lift our spirits, this is what our team listens to.

"Spark of Serotonin" playlist cover by Ricardo Lisboa
Album cover art by Ricardo Lisboa

Shout out to Nas’s “I Can”

“Love the contrast between the kids’ chorus and Nas’s echo “I know I can be what I wanna be.”

Anne Weber, resident serotonin expert as our Chief Operating and Client Happiness Officer

Album #2: Focus Mode

We all have those moments where procrastination got the best of us or to do lists get extremely long. The next theme is FOCUS MODE. For when you really need to go “heads down” and crank out some work. From jam bands to some seriously inspiring lyrics, we’ve got you covered.

"Focus Mode" playlist cover by Keith Glantz
Album cover art by Keith Glantz

Shout out to Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself:

“Its often a long JAM and you can get a lot done before it’s over—Not the studio version, but a live one.”

Keith Glantz, President, Chief Creative Officer, and focused Founder of Glantz Design

Album #3: Zoom Out

After an unprecedented number of video calls, we are all anticipating that need to disconnect, to close the laptop and to “Zoom out”. This playlist has been specially curated to help you “Zoom Out”. Fair warning: your productivity may take a nose-dive and if that happens, just return to the previous playlist.

"Zoom Out"  playlist cover by Holly Leach
Album cover art by Holly Leach

Shout out to Chance the Rapper’s, “Ballin and Flossin”

“Not only is this song super fun and upbeat, it calls out our home in Chicago”

Rachel Gilles, pianist, ukulelist, and Client Engagement Associate

Shout out to Of Montreal’s “Grolantic Edit”

“This has long been my go-to ‘get ready’ song. In college, I was getting ready to go out; now, I use it in between meetings to get energized for the next Zoom.”

Holly Leach, Associate Creative Director who in college was pretty pretentious about her indie rock

Album #4: Uncover the Unknown

We truly believe music is a gift. And our gifts to you in this playlist are those little known gems that somehow sound sweeter when uncovered. 

This album, entitled “Uncover the Unknown”, is a great list to share, and also a great list to indulge in yourself. When you need a breath of fresh air, a shift from the mundane, or a new perspective, this list will be your muse. Enjoy.

"Uncover the Unknown" playlist cover by Angela Fong
Album cover art by Angela Fong

Shout out to Mulata Astatke’s, “Tezeta (Nostalgia)”

“This is jazz I feel like I can listen to, and doesn’t feel too stuffy. The trumpet makes the song dream like, and helps me drift to sweet memories.”

Conner Brown, Account Manager

Album #5: Mic Drop

Our fifth and final playlist comes from our creative souls. We take pride in creating communications that are smart, strategic and focussed on solving client problems. But sometimes we want to do even more than that. Now and then we just have to blow someone’s mind.

Mic Drop album art by Jennifer Lemerand

Shout out to The Talking Head’s “Burning down the house”

“This song never fails to fire me up (pun intended)”

Jessica Bleiweis, Account Manager

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