Music has always been a constant part of my life. I was in school and church choirs growing up, I was in both the symphonic band and jazz band in high school, and my post secondary education was in Applied Music where my instrument of choice was the trumpet. I am very open minded with music and I truly appreciate many different genres.
Here at REM I am allowed to listen to music and I love that. There are certain types of music that I can't listen to at work as they are too distracting but there is some music that I can listen to and it doesn't interfere with my work. One of my favourite artists is Loreena McKennitt. Her music is incredible. It is thoughtful, intelligent, complex and layered. It is beautiful and interesting. I listen to her music quite regularly at work as I am completing different tasks.
I was first introduced to her music when I was working at a retail store in downtown Stratford, Ontario during high school. At that time I only 'kind of' liked her music. It wasn't until I hit college and I began to listen to her music while I was studying that I learned to appreciate it and love it.
If you ever walk past my office and see me with my headphones on, there is a very good chance that I am listening to Loreena McKennitt. If not her, then maybe Jann Arden or Eric Clapton or Pink or Harry Connick Jr (his Christmas music) or Great Big Sea or Conway Twitty or Led Zeppelin or Staind or Classified or Sarah Harmer ...