Deadline Daze: Best tunes for getting through it

I’m not a huge fan of audiobooks (I’m old school that way lol) but I recently listened to Shonda Rhimes best-selling memoir Year of Yes. I thought it was pretty good and there were a few nuggets I took away from it. One thing I enjoyed the most is the passage about her very rigorous writing process:

“. . . Every single writer I met likened writing for television to one thing–laying track for an incoming speeding train. The story is the track and you gotta keep laying it down because of the train. That train is production. You keep writing, you keep laying track down, no matter what, because the train of production is coming toward you–no matter what. Every eight days, the crew needs to be to preparing a new episode–find locations, build sets, design costumes, find props, plan shots. And every eight days after that, the crew needs to film a new episode. Every eight days. Eight days to prep. Eight days to shoot. Eight days, eight days, eight days, eight days. Which means every eight days, that crew needs a brand-new script. And my job is to damn well provide them with one. Every. Eight. Days. That train of production is a’coming. Every eight days that crew on that soundstage better have something to shoot. Because the worst thing you can do is halt or derail production and cost the studio hundreds of thousands of dollars while everyone waits. That is how you go from being a TV writer to being a failed TV writer.”
Though I’ve never worked in television, I found this explanation to be similar in some respects to what I do. As an editor, each week, I am expected to produce a quality print product and it is a never-ending cycle. It’s a taxing yet exhilarating experience. While I enjoy the excitement of putting together the paper, I absolutely hate deadline days. Truly. Honestly.

The things that get me by are coffee, ginger ale, sunflower seeds and great music.

Here are a few of my go-to tracks for those dreaded delightful deadline days:

She’s Always in My Hair – D’Angelo and the Vanguard
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
Cult of Personality – Living Colour
It Was a Good Day – Ice Cube
Work – Rihanna
Get Me Bodied – Beyoncé
Q.U.E.E.N – Janelle Monae
Flap Your Wings – Nelly
Bennie and The Jets – Elton John
Dirt Off Your Shoulder – Jay-Z
Don’t Hold the Wall – Justin Timberlake
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
Luchini – Camp Lo
Alright- Janet Jackson
Workin Day and Night – Michael Jackson
Shoop – Salt N Pepa
I’m Bad – LL Cool J
Hella Good – No Doubt
Fame – David Bowie
Flashlight – Parliament

Click here to listen to my “Deadline Daze” Spotify playlist and be sure to add your own tracks to the mix!

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