10 Songs to Motivate you on the Way to Your Job Interview

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Not long ago, I realized I can’t drive in silence. Like, I can – but when it hits me that I’m in silence, I turn on the radio or search for a Spotify track, and can’t calm down until I find a track that relates to my mood at the moment. For example, I love 90’s Alternative Rock (like Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song) but if it’s a short drive in the morning, I’d opt for a song that energizes me like: full transparency here, Cardi B – I Like It. What can I say? I like it…

So in an attempt to realize my personal preferences in music and how it affects my day-to-day, I created this list of “10 Songs that…” to help someone else as well, who may be in dire need of a quick solution to their problem: which track to listen to ASAP.

It’s safe to say that when you are en route to a job interview – you need energy, you need positivity, you need power! Here’s a list of 10 songs that will make you hyped up and ready for your interview – everything else is up to you.

  1. Red Alert (Jaxx Radio Mix)- Basement Jaxx

If you don’t know this track, thank me after. This upbeat masterpiece was a big hit back in the MTV glory days. This song is funk, house and everything beautiful in the world. Jump start your drive, baby. Don’t worry, don’t panic.

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  1. Work It – Missy Elliot

Not only because this song title has the word “work” in the title (about 15 years before “work” became a thing) but mainly because song is about taking power in your own hands, and making the most of life. Just make sure you ahead of the game.

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  1. Love Don’t Let Me Go – David Guetta

This song had put David Guetta on the scene, before we knew there is going to be a scene with him in it. A great indication of his ability to make a repetitive track become popular, with a beautiful, catchy melody.

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  1. Life Itself- Glass Animals

This song has a cool groove, and most importantly talks about succeeding at life even when circumstances are hard. Pay attention, the singer lives in his Grandmama’s basement.

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  1. Linkin Park ft Jay Z – Numb/Encore

What the hell are you waiting for? This song motivates you to act upon your dream. Jay came, saw and conquered. He wasn’t the first to say it, and won’t be last – take advice from successful men in history.

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  1. B.O.B – Airplanes Part 2 (Feat. Eminem)

More upbeat than the original version, still with an great message about how hard work did pay off when looking back, AND adding Eminem on the track – can easily inspire you to work harder and succeed. Make a wish.

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  1. Mel B – Word Up

Yes, it’s a cover. And a good one! In all its cover versions, this track makes you wanna dance, and since your heart is racing anyway – you might as well jam to awesome, bassed-up version.

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  1. Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire

You don’t have to be a girl to enjoy this song! Let Alicia inspire your inner fire. You’re a flame.

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  1. Robert DeLong – Don’t wait Up

OK, a tiny-bit of a confession – I am a little obsessed with Robert. When I realized he plays all instruments and performs with a looper, it blew mind even further. I recommend this track to anyone who like Robert, has a restless mind.

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  1. Survivor- Eye of the Tiger

I may be a little lot cheesy here but this is a great song! I won’t add anything other than it is guaranteed to pump up your motivation and mood, right when you need it the most.

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Have songs you want to suggest? Let’s add them to the Spotify playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/user/1258070748/playlist/36Fo1IHWBf8oIcUqhkRBhA?si=esYC0qOhR8OssFNK1xN7Lw

 

Brent Underwood & The Half Hour Intern saved my flight

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So, my Virgin America flight to L.A. wasn’t so bad since I spent my times listening to this great podcast; The Half Hour Intern – the podcast is about people that do extraordinary things, like you! in all honesty, if you are doing something worth talking about (which YOU ARE!) you can submit yourself :

http://www.halfhourintern.com/submit-your-idea/

In a nutshell, cuz I really want you to listen to it – the host is Blake Fletcher, he’s a millennial, and he’s an informationaholic! He has great questions, and Brent Underwood in episode #73, has really clever, interesting, out-of-the-building thinking! This one happens to relate to music (musician Young & Sick – check him out right under the podcast) – so Brent, congrats. You made it to my blog. Blake, you too.

 

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Great Business Lessons from Brent:

The 8 Unexpected Rules Of Business That No One Teaches But Everyone Should Know

Unconventional Song, Toy – wins Eurovision, with Middle-Eastern Flare

“The Barbie got something to say,” Says Netta Barzilai, building up to the Eurovision-conquering chorus of her catchy pop song “Toy.” At 25, with 35 Million views, Netta is telling a “stupid boy” that is not a toy and she is taking her Pikachu home.

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Official Images of Netta for the Eurovision. Credit: http://www.formulatv.com/noticias/77742/israel-parte-favorita-ganar-eurovision-2018-publicacion-cancion/

The song contains many hidden meanings, but it is clearly about one bigger meaning: #MeToo. Sexual harassment has only recently become a real conversation, and finally, women are allowed to proclaim that they feel uncomfortable, offended or violated, out loud.

There have been numerous “singled-out” stories in the past decades, about sexual harassment claims involving actors, producers and politicians – but these seemed to be strays, obnoxious men, criminals at heart. Roman Polanskys.

In reality, we discovered, with the help of women like Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, and Aly Raisman that it is a wide-spears phenomenon and it needs to be stopped. Just like the women are not sitting at home and keeping their mouths shut like in the 50s, women are not accepting harassment as mundane anymore. We are allowed to speak up now against ANYTHING and not be labeled as crazy.

And from the 50s and until now, Netta is our latest PSA – we stand as women of all beauty standards, all religions and nationalities, and tell them stupid boys that we are not having it.

If he tries anything, “he’s about to regret.”

The song was written by song writer genius, Doron Medalie, who also wrote 2015’s Eurovision entry “Golden Boy” and many other hits in the Israeli Top-40 charts.

With a Middle-Eastern rhythm, using a Darbuka drum and a tambourine, as well as Oud-like sounds and a distinct bass drum – with Netta’s powerhouse vocals, this song is the beginning of a world-wide trend, she’s gonna make you watch her!

 

Kudos for winning number one in this year’s Eurovision! Wonder Woman. Just like in your song.

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William Orbit | Power of Good Music

I remembered William Orbit’s name ever since Madonna’s Ray of Light Came out. I was 10, but I was always behind-the-scenes-conscious and I was always fascinated with not only the artist or their music video, but also with the making of.

So along the years, I learned to recognize William Orbit’s work in the pop scene and following (the masterpiece) Frozen and Ray of Light, the single, it made prefect sense to me that The Power of Good-Bye was also his work. In 1999, Nothing Really Matters and All Saints’ Pure Shores had that same recognizable signature sound – and I knew that I know a music producer now. Just like I can recognize Timbaland’s work today, and most of Dr. Dre’s.

Orbit’s electronica and ambient styles, make you feel like something very airy and flow-y is happening in your ear. You’re in the exact middle between a dancing session and yoga. His drum machine is harmonious, but separated from the melody part – it’s not your “beat” of today. Orbit achieved the techno effect sounds, by using a Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer. He’s the master of mixing time signatures and chopped effects, doing it before any kid with a mac could be “producing”.

The producer explained that “[t]here’s something about the [MS-20’s] transient peaks that are very spiky. And you can make that machine scream. Its two filters are very severe. ” Most of the album, he says was done on a Juno-106.

O F  C O U R S E  Madonna’s actual music videos  were the ones that drew us all in, but the synergy of her vocal performances, music videos, and song writing would not be complete without this exact production. As a matter of fact, I read that it wasn’t so far-fetched that Orbit’s work may have not made the final cut, over him being disorganized or something. You know, like a true artist.

In an interview in 1999, William Orbit was asked why he thought he was so lucky as to land this gig,  “I was talking to Guy Oseary, who runs Maverick, and he mentioned that Madonna was looking for material. It just so happened I had a lot of tapes of half-formed ideas lying around, so when he asked me to send some stuff over I was happy to just knock off a DAT with miscellaneous bits on it.”

Madonna called him 5 days after he submitted the tape to her. She was already writing to it. The rest is history.

To see what else you like that is William Orbit’s work, go here.

How do you feel about Madonna’s Ray of Light album? Want to share a must-hear song by William Orbit I overlooked? Submit a comment.

Why We Need This

I’m gonna be thirty in a few months. Spending time on jobs I don’t like, a degree I liked while it lasted, minimal savings, superficial enjoyment. I want to use the power of the internet to learn from those who made it, specifically in music, specifically behind the scenes.

The people that REALLY make it happen! Music producers, sound engineer, musicians, writers, composers, creators. People that, like me, once had a passion, and did things with it.

I salute y’all.

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