It was Snow White who taught us to whistle while you work, wasn’t it?
Yet I’m not much of one for whistling.
On the other hand, some music while I’m working — in particular while I am either writing a sermon or writing notes to first time guests — often provides just the background I’m looking for. Usually mellow, sometimes inspirational, and all the time a way to block out the world and hone in on the task.
Here are my top five “songs to listen to while working” songs.
5. Walk On by U2. Now: I don’t ever use his anymore. But there was a time about six or seven years ago when every sermon writing session had the soundtrack o U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind going on in the background. This one, along with Beautiful Day and Stuck In A Moment, symbolize that era.
4. I Still Believe, by The Call. Because, back in the day, this much overlooked mid 80s period piece reminded me that I did in fact still believe.
3. Resurrecting, by Elevation Worship. Speaking of belief, the resurrecting king is resurrecing me. I especially like the acoustic version.
2. Death Was Arrested, by Northpoint Worship. Anthemic chills.
1. Traveling Alone, by Jason Isbell. Haunting, melancholic, and perfect for a serene vibe in typing out my nine pages and 2,000 words.