Listening and reading are different. To start, most of us are steeped (and even drowning) in the written word–the daily news, our bills, e-mail correspondence, work memos, proposals, reports, you name it. But sound can stop us in our tracks, even when we’re most determined to keep trucking. Almost always, it either carries us more gently to where we were going, or inspires us to switch gears entirely. We can’t design spaces without thinking of the sounds with which we want or hope to fill them. Here’s what’s on our “mixtape” right now:
1. Here Comes the Sun Again, M Ward
2. One, Two, Three, Four, Feist
3. Julie, Jens Lekman
4. Postcards from Italy, Beirut
5. Here Today and Gone Tomorrow, Hazel Dickens
You can preview the songs on Amazon. We admit our mix is infused with a little winter melancholy, but even these moody songs put a little spring in our step.