California labor laws mandate at least a 30-minute meal break and two 15-minutes rest breaks during an eight-hour workday, one rest break in the first half of the shift, the other in the second half. For me, the break on a Friday afternoon stands out from the rest. I like my job well enough that weekends are not a relief, just a change of scenery.
Nonetheless, a Friday afternoon 15-minute break feels a little different because this is when one shifts into a different gear. The deadlines have come and gone, the weekend’s chores and activities and relaxation approach, and it’s time for a new mindset.
The time has also come for some mood music to prepare for the next few days. I lean toward calmer sounds. There will come those Friday nights that require the energy of Ozomatli’s “Saturday Night” in the afternoon to rev up and revive both spirit and body, but for the most part something calmer works quite well. Something like these songs. I won’t make any claims that these are masterpieces; they stand more as a reflection of my Friday Afternoon State of Mind.
The Doobie Brothers, “Toulouse Street.” Not the most famous song off the album by a long shot, but a nice change of pace.
Miles Davis, “All Blues.” OK, this one might be a masterpiece, but what really matters is how right life feels after hearing this on a Friday afternoon.
Oren Lavie, “Her Morning Elegance.” “Morning” is a bit of strange choice for an afternoon song, but I like it, especially the video.
Enya, “Orinoco Flow.” Sail away, sail away, sail away. Perfect.
Robyn Miller, Myst – The Soundtrack. This is where you say, “What the h—??” Bear with me a moment, please. I know this is the soundtrack to a computer game, but Myst stands as one of the most important games in computer history for many reasons, one of which is the music. Robyn Miller didn’t catch lightning in a bottle, he caught lightning in a thimble with a beautiful soundtrack that set the standard in the computer world for many years. And on a Friday afternoon, compositions such as “Compass Rose,” “The Last Message,” “Shipgate,” and “Sirrus’ Theme – Channelwood Age” draw the week’s tensions and struggles through your pores and away from you like osmosis.
Anyway, this shows you how I get ready for the weekend, with The Music of a Friday Afternoon. Have a good weekend and a great September.
Vonn Scott Bair