07 Mar Artistic Inspiration: Music That Inspires Us At Work
Our Favorite Music To Listen To At Work
At Stratta, the Tile Boutique, we’re constantly drawing on various sources for artistic inspiration. From artists to sculptors, designers to filmmakers and directors, we love pulling from the past and the present to inspire the tile design and art we create for the future.
It goes without saying, then, that we love listening to music at work. From the upbeat to thought-provoking, classic rock to progressive soul, we listen to as many different artists (and types of music) as we can to draw inspiration from as many sources and angles as we can. Still, there are always a few favorite bands and musicians that we return to all the time.
Who’s your favorite musician/band to listen to at work for inspiration? Leave a comment!
Here’s a list of 5 of our favorite bands, artists and singers we listen to for inspiration at work.
5 Musical Artists That Inspire Us At Work
1. Bruce Springsteen.
We’re Jersey girls, so we have to pay tribute to The Boss. For decades, Bruce Springsteen has provided the soundtrack for what it means to live and work in New Jersey. Through good times and bad, highs and lows, the Boss and the E Street Band are always there for us.
Where do we start with Bruce Springsteen’s music? The politically driven “Nebraska” album? “Born in the USA”? His resurgence in the 2000s with “The Rising”? Whether you like the pop-rock classics like “Rosalita” and “Dancing in the Dark” or the sprawling epics like “Jungleland” and “Thunder Road”, The Boss is the voice of an East Coast generation.
If you want to talk artistry and creativity in music, you can’t do much better than Prince. In a career that spans 5 different decades, Prince’s artistry, progressive musicality and evocative lyrics always inspire our staff to look to the future, try new things, and be inventive.
Make no mistake, “Purple Rain” is one of the greatest pop and R&B albums of all time. But if you don’t know anything else by Prince, you’re missing out on a lifetime of great work. From the pop goodness of the “1999” album to the underrated “Planet Earth” album from 2007, Prince is constantly reinventing himself – and R&B music – for our benefit.
We’re all about positive energy at Stratta, the Tile Boutique, and nothing gets us in a better mood than the arena rockin’ positive energy of Journey.
From “Don’t Stop Believin'” to “Any Way You Want It”, Steve Perry’s voice backed by huge guitar solos and incredible harmonies always gets us ready to start the day.
4. Bob Marley and the Wailers.
On a rainy day at work, nothing brings a little sunshine into our office than putting on Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Having a tough day at the office? Put on “Three Little Birds”, and let Bob tell you that “Every little thing’s gonna be all right”. Worried about the future? A little “Sun is Shining” should put you in a better mood. And if you’re not sure if your art is going to be accepted, relax and let “Could You Be Loved” bring you confidence.
5. Nina Simone.
Our “outside the box” pick for musical inspiration is none other than the chanteuse Nina Simone. Simply calling Nina a gospel and standards singer desperately undervalues her contributions to the music industry. Her artistry has influenced generations of artists across multiple genres – everyone from Van Morrison to Lauryn Hill, Peter Gabriel to Alicia Keys.
From “Sinner Man” to “Feeling Good”, “My Baby Just Cares For Me” to “Lilac Wine”, you owe it to yourself to dive into the sounds of Nina Simone and get inspired – just like she inspires us.