I’m going to keep this #AltDevBlogADay post short. In my last “What Makes You Tick?” post, I talked about my personal “tick” when thinking at the keyboard. I also have an audio “tick”. Well, maybe not so much a “tick” as audio OCD. As I’m sure a lot of you do too, I love listening to music while coding. However, there are some days when I listen to a single song on repeat for the entire day. Today it was Foo Fighters – The Pretender. About a week ago it was Silversun Pickups – Panic Switch. And before that I can remember it was ZZ Top – Cheap Sunglasses. There’s absolutely no rhyme or reason to the song selection. And more often than not, I’m listening to multiple albums throughout the day. But, to be honest, there are those days when a song gets me into a groove and it’s “lather, rinse, repeat” the entire day.

I’ve also found that I prefer to ease into my day musically. I can’t just go for the gusto with Slayer – Raining Blood. It’s too much of a shock for my system. Most days I start off with one of the Rockabye Baby albums. In case you don’t know, they’re lullaby renditions of popular songs from artists ranging from AC/DC to The Cure to Tool. All of the albums are fantastic. I’ve found that it helps me to mentally prepare for the unexpected. For example, Tool – Sober, and Tool – Sober (snippet of the lullaby rendition). Expected in one case. Unexpected in the other case. Awesome sauce in both cases.

What makes you “tick” … musically?

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