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Music makes me...

By Sarah Mueller on October 25, 2016 in Company News

What is this? At Spinutech we’re all about the relationship. We don’t just want to be your service provider; we want to be your partner. We’ll be sharing an inside look at who we are in our new blog series: “Spinside Access.” Each month we’ll bring you a new post chock full of fun and interesting details about the team, as well as useful tips and resources!

Part 1: Hooray Beer; Part 2: Music makes me...


"Where words fail, music speaks."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Music is a huge part of my life. Not always in an apparent in-your-face kind of way, but more of a steady, reliable, always there kind of way. I listen to music at home, in the car, and at work. I listen to music to relax, pump up for a workout, or even to cheer up after a bad day. Music also has an amazing ability to contribute to memory. Certain songs take me back to high school, my first concert, my wedding, and so many other great memories.

Here at Spinutech, many of us spend at least part of the day plugged into our headphones listening to music (or singing to it in the car). For some people, music is an escape. For others, it’s a concentration tool.

Music technology has changed drastically in the last few years (decades). My generation has listened to records, cassette tapes, CDs, MP3s, and now music streaming providers. Many people can name the first CD they bought or can recall the times that "music pirating" became a real issue. (Shoutout to Napster and LimeWire for that era.)

SpotifyWhat’s this? Spotify is a live streaming service that provides digital rights-managed content. Music can be browsed or searched by artist, album, genre, playlist, and record label. 

Today, we have the luxury of streaming music. There are several streaming music options on the market, many offering both free and paid versions. Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and SoundCloud have similar features and pricing models. The largest of these, and my personal favorite, is Spotify.

With 100 million users, Spotify allows you to stream unlimited songs, create playlists, listen to custom radio stations and browse the latest charts. You can also check out the most recent releases and friends' playlists as part of their free version. The “Discover Weekly” option serves you new music each week curated with your tastes in mind. The paid version of Spotify includes all of that in an ad-free platform, plus the ability to download playlists to a device for offline use. 

Sarah Mueller

Sarah Mueller

Digital Strategist

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Q. Why is music an important part of your life?
A. Growing up, my mom led the church youth choir and played both piano and guitar. I first bonded with my husband over a new CD I had purchased, and my kids won’t sleep without their favorite playlist. I've always turned to music in both happy and sad moments in my life.

Q. Can you share your top three favorite songs?

Q. Name your three favorite artists?

  • Dashboard Confessional
  • Hoodie Allen
  • Angels and Airwaves

Q. Do you have a favorite music-related memory?
A. My first date with my husband was to a Linkin Park concert...fifteen years ago :) We love seeing live music together and share a lot of the same tastes in music; it's actually what first brought us together.

Q. What are you listening to right now?
A. I've really been digging Mayday Parade lately - I love the song Oh Well, Oh Well. I've always loved blink-182, and they released an album this year so I've also been listening to She's Out Of Her Mind.

Q. Why is music an important part of your life?
A. It provides entertainment and gives a boost to my day. 

Q. Can you share your top three favorite songs?

Q. Name your three favorite artists?

  • The Strokes
  • Coldplay
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers

Q. Do you have a favorite music-related memory?
A. At the Spinutech Holiday Party 2013, Jeremy Karns and Shane Klein danced to Crank That (Soulja Boy). I don't remember the details but it was a dance-off of some sort. Jeremy and Shane came out of no where and threw down! Shane did "The Worm" across the room and Jeremy did a back-breaking shake move from his high school days. Maybe we have a video of this somewhere... it's a must-see.

Q. What are you listening to right now?

Q. Why is music an important part of your life?
A. I've always loved music. My mom is a pianist, so I suppose I was introduced to it early on. Really, though, I just like something filling otherwise dead air. Music can pass the time, it can make the mundane exciting, and it can provide a topic of conversation. It's not uncommon for a conversation to break out at Spinutech over a particular song or artist. Music is entertainment, and it can bring people together.

Q. Can you share your top three favorite songs?

Q. Name your three favorite artists?

  • Guns N' Roses
  • Elton John
  • Simon & Garfunkel

Q. Do you have a favorite music-related memory?
A. When I was in high school I went to my first concert, Guns N' Roses. It was back when Guns N' Roses was still...well...Guns N' Roses - it was awesome to say the least! It was also back before most people had cell phones, and it was still common practice to wave a lighter in the air during ballads. During the playing of Patience - arguably one of the greatest ballads of all time - we were all waving our lighters in the air when all the sudden I looked over and saw this old hippie waving some kind of monster lighter, throwing out a good 1-2 foot tall flame! I guess it was one of those moments where you had to be there to appreciate it, but for some reason I'll never forget that.

Q. What are you listening to right now?

A. In general I'm listening to a lot of acoustic music, but I'm also highly anticipating the new Metallica album so I've been playing a fair amount of metal too.

Shane Klein

Shane Klein

Project Manager
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Q. Why is music an important part of your life?
A. It keeps me entertained and can change or enhance my mood. Lyrics can really give you some great perspective on life. I've even had the same lyric mean something completely different to me at a different time in my life.

Q. Can you share your top three favorite songs?

Q. Name your three favorite artists?

  • Eric Church
  • Sam Hunt
  • Ed Sheeran

Q. What do you like about Spotify?
A. I listen to Spotify nearly all day at work and anytime I'm working around the house. I really like the Discover feature - it helps me find new music I like. I also enjoy the feed to the right on the desktop version that shows what the people I follow are listening to .

Q. Do you have a favorite music-related memory?
A. Dance offs in the living room with my kids. They teach me all my good moves ;)

Q. What are you listening to right now?
A. This very second I'm Listening to Classical music while blazing through some work emails. Metaporphosen For 23 Solo Strings By Richard Strauss is my current listening track.

Cody See

Cody See

Digital Strategist
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Q. Why is music an important part of your life?
A. I want to say something profound about how music can be a deeply emotional experience and crosses boundaries otherwise impassable, but that sounds exaggerated. It makes me feel good. Plain and simple.

Q. Can you share your top three favorite songs?

Q. Name your three favorite artists?

  • Bright Lights
  • Bingo Players
  • Galantis

Q. What do you like about SoundCloud?
A. I like that it has a heavy slant towards EDM (Electronic Dance Music). Some people don't like the repetitive nature of the genre, but it's less distracting than other genres and allows you to really zone in on your work.

Q. Do you have a favorite music-related memory?
A. Nope. Should I?

Q. What are you listening to right now?
A. Bon Iver - Towers (Elkoe Remix)

Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson

Digital Strategist
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Q. Why is music an important part of your life?
A. Music is the soulmate to my other passions, dancing and singing. I love when a song gets me moving and acting like a total dork (which, let's be honest, isn't that hard for me.) I love music not because I'm a good dancer or singer, but because it's fun when you don't take yourself too seriously all the time. People who know me know that I turn every regular sentence into a song. I can't tell you how many songs I've composed to summarize what I'm doing in that moment. Eating a burrito- there's a song for that. Brushing my teeth- there's a KT original. Love ballads to my dog- so many classics.

Q. Can you share your top three favorite songs?

Q. Name your three favorite artists?

  • Beyonce
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • Whitney Houston 

Q. What do you like about Pandora?
A. I'm a Pandora girl mainly because it's what I first used in middle school and can't seem to let it go. I'm dancing most of the day with my Pandora playlists - in the shower, at my desk, when I'm working out, going to bed; basically all day, everyday. 

Q. Do you have a favorite music-related memory?
A. The song Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol was the song I had my first dance to in middle school: so many feels. At another dance, the song played and a bunch of my girl friends had nobody to dance with. In the song, the chorus goes: "If I lay here, if I just lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world," so naturally, all of us ladies laid down on the cafeteria dance floor, holding hands and singing it while all the couples danced around us. It was quite a statement. 

Q. What are you listening to right now?
A. I'm all over the board. Somedays I listen to the HSM and Frozen soundtrack while other days I'm jamming out to Yeezy. Oh, and watch out on my Adele/Whitney days because you better believe I'm belting it out with them at the top of my lungs. Some albums I'm really digging right now are Chance The Rapper's album Coloring Book and Rihanna's Anti.

Want more?

Check out this Spotify playlist where we've compiled a list of our favorite songs.

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