Check out this selection of tunes tailored for those who work to keep the network up and running.
President Obama has music playlists, so why not network professionals? And who can't use a little music to lighten the workday? I’ve selected a few songs that should resonate with those who spend their days toiling away on the network.
Some of these tunes can provide motivation while network troubleshooting or embarking on new projects while others can help console you during an outage.
This mix is heavy on R&B and oldies like "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder. It also features recent releases that you may not be familiar, but hopefully find the lyrics applicable to your work situation. They're all popular, so you'll most likely find them to add to your Spotify or Apple Music playlist.
Do you have any favorites on your playlists to add here? Let us know in the comments section below.
"I Want You Back" – Jackson 5
Catchy and relevant if your network has gone done and you want it back.
"Knock on Wood" -- Eddie Floyd
When you implement a new device or software, you sometimes just have to knock on wood and hope for the best, despite staging and testing. This will get your hopes up. The song is about not being superstitious, but you’re forced to be.
"Dangerous" -- Rumer
An underrated singer who reminds many of Karen Carpenter. This 70’s-inspired song is about trust. Sometimes, you need to have trust when you are embarking on something new, like software-defined networking. Not sure if your corporate managers will agree if they are conservative.
"Hold On I’m Coming" – Sam and Dave
The title is a common refrain when someone asks you for help since they are blaming the network for some problem. The song is infectious and will make you feel like the fixer everyone is looking for.
"Superstition" – Stevie Wonder
A classic with a great funky keyboard riff, accompanied with trumpet and sax. This helps when engineers are almost ready to clap their hands three times and hope a new device config works. I hope network automation will come to the rescue here.
"Respect" – Aretha Franklin
I don't think networking staff get all the respect they deserve. Play this to yourself, your team, and make sure others in the office hear it as well.
"22 (OVER S∞∞N)" – Bon Iver
You can’t find too many tunes with a large number in the title; this is from a new album, “22, A Million.” The refrain, “it might be over soon,” may be relevant when you’re working on some late evening. A haunting song.
"Smooth Sailin'" – Leon Bridges
When all things are going well, treat yourself to this song, since you know something eventually will go sideways. This song was released in 2015, but harkens to classic R&B.
"Unbreakable" – Alicia Keys
A song to get you through technical difficulties. She's singing about relationships, but you apply it to whatever you like when you need to work through challenges.
"Hold On, We're Going Home" – Drake
He's singing, not rapping in this one. A melancholy song, but it's good to play when you know you're about to done with your task or project. This song's been covered by many other singers, but don't forget this original.
"It’s Too Late" – Carole King
When things have failed in your network and beyond repair, you might play this to console yourself. Carole King is getting renewed interest with a Broadway musical and a living legend award. A rather sad song about trying to make things work, but you’re giving up.