When I work alone, which is how I usually prefer to work, I listen to music. I don't know if it is paradoxical that I enjoy working alone and yet I need some type of company. I'm not sure. Yesterday, I was at work, helping with a school event, and I was struck once again how very much I love solitude and if not being entirely alone -sharing quiet spaces in the company of just a few friends.
Today, I am at home working alone. When I work alone, I listen to music and the process of setting up, selecting what I am going to listen to in order to be the most productive during my work session is very important. It can mean the difference between a productive work session and a completely fruitless one.
So, today, I started my work session listening to my friend Wendell Kimbrough who has recently released a new album Things that Can't be Taught. Wendell has a song called "When I Work Alone" and it speaks to me and -as I prepare to work alone- comforts my nostalgic introspective self and reminds me that I have company, many others are also working alone with me today.
Just for kicks, another great song from the album Communication: