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Motivational Songs: QLP Favorites to Brighten Your Day, Pt 1

We are the champions my friend, and we’ll keep on fighting till the end! –Queen, “We Are the Champions”

Everyone has a motivational song that, upon intro, gets you moving. It might be sad or it might be sweet. Some like it obscene and some like it simple. No matter who you are, or where you come from, everyone has a song. For those who have to deal with the monotony of everyday life, you HAVE to have a song, THAT SONG. The song that reminds you you’re still alive, gets your blood flowing, and makes you want to MOOOVE! For those of us here at the wonderful QLP “Cubeville,” there are a wide variety of tastes in music, with each one bringing their own special something.

For me, that song is “Angel” by Robin Thicke. This song holds a special meaning to me because it’s the song that my daughter was born to. For me, anything that reminds me of her always puts me in a better place. It’s a song that lifts me up and reminds me of the love I have for the special people in my life. I don’t remember a life without them, and I wouldn’t even want to imagine one. However, when I’m looking for motivation and something to get going, I always turn on “Keep Your Head Up” by Tupac. The song just reminds me that no matter how frustrated or stressed I get that somewhere the skies are blue and that easier, calming times are coming. I know it’s not as upbeat and fast as most would think of a motivational song to get you going, but it does the job! No matter what happens, as long as you keep your head up there isn’t anything you can’t overcome. What better ideal could you ask for?

Now, when the QLP Boss Man, Mr. Bret Bonnet himself, needs something to get him amped up, he turns on “You’re Gonna Go Far Kid” by The Offspring. His lyric of choice from that song is: “Dance f*cker dance, he never had a chance…” He likes to listen to this song because there is a lot of yelling and screaming and there’s a catchy beat to keep him awake. When he’s looking for something to move him and lift his spirits, his motivational song of choice is “Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath. He says his favorite lyric is: “Give me your eyes for just one second / Give me your eyes so I can see – everything I keep missing / give me your love for humanity. / Give me your arms for the broken hearted – the ones that are far beyond my reach / Give me your heart for the ones for gotten – give me your eyes so I can see.”  For Bret, there is something very humbling about this song. He feels that he can listen to it whenever he needs to get back in touch with reality.

For fellow web team member Serenity Morris, that song of choice is “Helplessness Blues” by The Fleet Foxes. Some of her favorite lyrics from the song are: “I was raised up believing I was somehow unique / Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see / And now after some thinking, I’d say I’d rather be / A functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me…” or: “If I know only one thing, it’s that everything that I see / Of the world outside is so inconceivable often I barely can speak…” For Serenity, her favorite part of the song is the epic beginning. It always inspires her to create and to feel satisfied in ALL that she does. This motivational song sometimes even moves her to tears (both happy and nostalgic), mostly because it is about coming to terms with living your life and always striving to be different, when really you serve a greater purpose striving to be something great. She also loves it because it can be interpreted politically and it also transpires into a beautiful love song.

Video specialist Joseph Giorgi’s band of choice at work is The Killers. If he is looking for a song to motivate him to do more work (or at least finish the work he has), then he turns on “Mr. Brightside.” Although the song’s lyrics aren’t exactly intended to motivate, for Joe the overall sound is catchy and entrancing in all the right ways, which makes it tough not to love. It’s got a very pleasant vibe to it, and it’s the perfect example of the style that The Killers had when they first hit the scene: a kind of alt rock/synth pop hybrid sound. When he listens to that song, it makes him feel a bit more energized.

This is only the first half of QLP Cubeville’s motivational songs — stay tuned a little later when we tackle the second round!

What are your favorite motivational songs or bands? What music gets you through the day and inspires you when you’re feeling down?



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Candice is on the web team at QLP. She's extremely family-oriented and enjoys spending all of her free time with her daughter and family. She LOVES to shop and just experience life again through her daughter's eyes. There's nothing better than that in the world for her! You can also connect with Candice on Google+

Comments

  1. Jay

    Phish – Maze

    The Doppelgangaz – Nexuim (ALSO a customer of mine!)

    Mr. Muthaf***in’ Exquire – Huzzah Remix

    Yelawolf – Pop The Trunk

    Umphrey’s McGee – Wizard Burial Ground

    • Bret

      Jay finds the sounds of “rhythmic slapping” to be inspirational! :)

      … This posts formatting/graphic work is awesome. Joe is the next “Mc. Dreamy”!

      Wow -I didn’t think my suggestion/selection would have been taken so literally for this post! :)

  2. Amy Swanson

    This is such an interesting post, Candice! I’m so glad it was your debut post too :)

    I love both of Bret’s songs, ‘The Offspring’ is always a great band to get you pumped up during that 3:30 slump. And I agree with Bret’s quote about how Brandon Heath’s song can bring you back to reality and remember what’s really important.

    I can’t wait for Part 2 to see what other Cubeville songs are being played!

  3. Cybernetic SAM

    This is really neat, certainly the strangest assortment of songs I have seen in one place! :) I don’t know what I would do without that eternal and always reliable friend, Music.

    • Candice J.

      Sam,
      I feel the same way. Something about being able to add music to your day just makes it seems less stressful. It also helps that it seems to make time go quicker. One minute you’re scrolling down the list of things to do and the next you’re jamming out to your favorite song! Only three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and music!

      • Juliette Vincent

        Music is amazing in that it has the power to turn a bad day into an amazing one, at least for a time. And sometimes all you need is that rush of endorphins to get you back on track for the rest of the day, right?

  4. Juliette Vincent

    I admit, it’s hard not to feel better when I hear “Final Countdown”. ( I can’t be the only person who does Gob’s intro dance from Arrested Development when I hear that.)

    Also, the song “Whistle Down the Wind” from the musical of the same name. Though it’s sung in the show by a chick I prefer hearing John Barrowman sing it (yep, Captain Jack Harkness). Here’s a link to the song on youtube: http://youtu.be/hjTEqEd11oQ

    And I have one inspirational song that has no lyrics but still manages to inspire hope. It’s the opening titles to the movie “Star Trek: First Contact”. http://youtu.be/mhoa7oWPPhk

    I have a load of other songs on my playlist that both keep me moving and make me feel better but those are some of my favorites. :)

    • Jill Tooley

      Juliette, I fully endorse your song choices! Awesomesauce! Who wouldn’t love Captain Jack Harkness?!?!

      Gob’s intro dance is amazing, and I think of him every time I hear the Final Countdown! I’d go see his magic show any day of the week! :D

      • Juliette Vincent

        Thanks! (and I’ve had that John Barrowman album since ’98! Crazy!) Once I started watching Doctor Who and realized that it was the same guy I promptly made my friends listen to the album as well. He does a great version of “Why God Why” from Miss Saigon on there too!

        So glad that I’m not the only one who thinks about Gob’s dance when that song comes on the radio! It’s probably a good thing we don’t have sparklers in the office because I’d feel the need to light them and incorporate them into my impromptu dance!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Juliette, I love every single one of those songs! John’s voice is so nice! He’s a good afternoon listen for me!

      P.S. I definitely do the Gob dance. I mean, how could you resist?

      • Juliette Vincent

        He really does have an amazing voice. He even makes me like the character of Raoul from Phantom when he sings the part. :)

        I don’t think there’s any way to resist the dance. It’s like when you hear “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones and immediately break out into the Carlton Dance. I think it’s hardwired into our brains!

  5. Scooby

    -Little Deuce Coupe
    -Top Gun Theme Song

    PS: Bret’s REAL favorite… ANYTHING from Josh Groban.

  6. Mandy Kilinskis

    I’m one of those people that has a really hard time writing well while listening to music. So since my job kinda requires good writing, I don’t listen to a lot of music here in Cubeville.

    But when I DO need to listen to some tunes, I usually go for State and Madison. They’re the right balance of mellow and fun to keep me focused. :)

    • Juliette Vincent

      I can understand that, Mandy. Usually when I have to go into writing mode I swap to a playlist that has all instrumental music. (otherwise I run the risk of accidentally writing the lyrics of a song by accident!)

      • Mandy Kilinskis

        I think I need to find some more instrumental music. I’ve listened to the all the scores and classical music on my iPod way too many times already.

  7. Joseph Giorgi

    It’s amazing how varied the staff’s music choices are! With your descriptions, I can easily see how each of these songs would be motivational.

    In fact, I’m gonna listen to “Mr. Brightside” again right now!

    Excellent debut post, Candice! I’m looking forward to Part Two! :)

  8. Jen

    Great first post Candice, and a two-parter?!? Wowzaaa! Welcome to the Blog Squad!

    I love that your favorite song is the one your daughter was born to. It’s very touching.

    And I just have to say it doesn’t surprise me that one of Bret’s favorite songs is by The Offspring (however, it is one of The Offspring’s better songs). :P

  9. Alex Brodsky

    Really? No one is going to bust out “Eye of the Tiger”?

    Alright. I guess I’ll do it. EYE OF THE TIGER!!

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