I used to think that I have narcolepsy. I don't. But I do doze off very easily, so when I start working, usually at 3:30 or 4:00 AM, I need background noise to keep me awake and to get me excited for the day. Here is a "playlist" of what I love to listen to most while I work:

Pandora - Amos Lee

Amos Lee has the most beautiful, soothing voice. His music isn't really in the "pump up" genre, but his lyrics set the world right.

Podcast - Revisionist History

If I could spend an hour with whomever I want, I would spend an hour with Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell is a genius. He's a genius with a huge heart. He is a genius who is somehow relatable, which is why his attempt in "Revisionist History" to give us a new lense through which to look at history will leave you wondering how you ever looked at the world beforehand. 

Podcast - S.Town

I barely have words for how much I love and respect this podcast. Though it was branded under Serial, this podcast is itself a monolith. It is hard to tell you much about S.Town without spoiling it, but I'll tell you that it is about death and life (really in that order) in sh*t-town Alabama. There is quite a bit of profanity in this podcast. There are hard, uncomfortable, gross themes in this podcast. But there is also redemption in this podcast. It "reads" similar to a Flannery O'Connor short story and, similar to an O'Connor fable, it will make you consider your worldview far after it is over. 

Audible - A Life Well Played

I can't golf. I can't even mini-golf. I do love the game, though, and I am fascinated by it's icons. My favorite golfer is Arnold Palmer - hand's down - and even more so after listening his book "A Life Well Played". Palmer's last book is a book about golf, but it is also a book about ethics, business, friendship, love and humility. If you can swing a golf club, your game will probably improve after reading this book, but no guarantees. What I can guarantee is that no matter who you are, there is something - some profound but quiet wisdom - that you can learn from Arnie. 




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