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Newsagency management tip: What’s your song?

Mark Fletcher
March 5th, 2014 · 19 Comments

What’s the song you play when things really get to you and you’re just about ready to give up? You know, the song that takes you to a better place – maybe some nostalgic or somewhere you dream to be. The song that helps you process, deal with and or forget what appears to be a road block in front of you. The song that helps you creatively. The song that makes you smile.

In theatre they often have a song for the production that blares through the empty theatre prior to opening the doors to the public. I have seen it used is to ‘cleanse’ the theatre, reset the cast and backstage crew and focus everyone on the production.

This song of yours can help in business – if you’re not using it already. Use it to inspire you and to help you look at challenges differently.

I was talking with someone about this recently and they said they didn’t have a song. They actually did and didn’t realise that it was the song.

I have a few songs including: Orinoco Flow from Enya and Hungry Town from Big Pig’s Bonk album to help with creativity; Dirty Boulevard from Lou Reed, Things Can Only Get better from D:Ream and Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire when working on business plans.

I have the songs I really like on my phone, laptop and iPad. If I need to shut out the world they are nearby for comfort and inspiration. If I don’t answer your call it could be because I have the ear plugs in.

What are your songs?


Category: Management tip · Newsagency management · Small Business

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 shauns // Mar 5, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    6-OCLOCK ROCK by Shaun
    and my best song is ON THE 20TH DAY OF THE MONTH now that’s a classic also written by -Shaun

    I also love a bit of RAP oh and that’s with a W in front its a sweet sound at 3:30 in the morning


  • 2 Jenny // Mar 5, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Love your songs Shaun’s!

    For quite a long time mine was We’ve gotta get out of this Place by The Animals but I’m not going anywhere at the moment so its more of a nostalgic song now.

    I love listening to Joan Armatrading, Weakness in Me is just beautiful, I love all her soft songs, I find them calming and help me slow down.


  • 3 Angelo // Mar 5, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Has to be in no particular order:

    Talking Heads – Swamp
    John Lee Hooker – The Healer
    The Clash – Train in Vain
    Bob Marley – Lively Up Yourself
    Counting Crows – Mr. Jones
    Robert Cray – Don’t be afraid of the Dark

    And a few others….

    All at high volume before whilst the doors are closed but then I don’t care who can hear it!


  • 4 Shayne // Mar 5, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    “Here comes the sun” . Lifts me every time.


  • 5 allan wickham // Mar 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    All time fave is “Ride On” by Bon Scott…`s my escape song. Whilst setting up of a morning I always have my phone playing songs, this morning while haviing a few problems and me getting a little cranky Alice Cooper came on with “Welcome to my Nightmare”…..!

    One day I will have a normal life…”Dream On” (aerosmith).
    One day I will have a normal life…”That`ll be the day” Buddy Holly.
    Until then I will continue to “Imagine” (John Lennon)…
    …. and do as (Frank Sinatra) said and just do it “My way”.


  • 6 Keith // Mar 5, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Call me crazy – I am woman!


  • 7 Carol // Mar 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    I couldn’t name one off the top of my head and we don’t play a lot of music in the shop. I love most country music. “Home among the Gum Trees”


  • 8 June // Mar 5, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Keith you must be old like me.
    Helen Reddy’s “I am woman” is a favourite
    of mine (certainly not my husband’s)
    I haven’t heard of half of the above songs so I really must be getting old.
    I go back as far as “pretend you’re happy when you’re blue – it isn’t very hard to do”
    Bet nobody knows that song???
    What about “I’d like to get you on a slow boat to China” (good for Network and GG)


  • 9 Gregg // Mar 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    June, is it Tom Jones It’s Not unusual.
    I personally have always been a fan of most forms of music. Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson have aways been a couple of favourites’ Along with Alice Cooper and Deep Purple but this morning listened to Dean Martin. Ahh those immortal words from Dino ” when the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie, that’s amore”.


  • 10 Jamie Cammell // Mar 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    newsagents ON AIR, the radio station for newsagents (currently broadcasting LIVE from the VANA state conference today at Etihad Stadium) is taking note! 🙂 Jamie


  • 11 David // Mar 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    When I am anywhere with Al Wickham and Warrick Hoskings there is only one song it is Five O Clock Somewhere


  • 12 Brendan // Mar 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Gregg, Macca’s destroyed a good song.


  • 13 michelle // Mar 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    For me it has to be at 10 dbs or more on most mornings (and after closing too)-
    Meatloaf – Bats 1 2 and 3, Aerosmith, Procul Harem, Metallica, Alice Cooper,
    Guns N Roses, AC DC, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, Motorhead, Deep Purple, and of course the Rolling Stones.
    Bad mornings – Dylan and Leonard Cohen
    Sunday Morning Special – TENACIOUS D.
    Cant leave the the ipod on Shuffle during opening hours!
    Then when the doors open its all serene for my customers with Genius mixes.


  • 14 Mark Fletcher // Mar 5, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    A supplementary from me: Evie parts 1, 2 & 3. Stevie Wright:


  • 15 David @ Angle Vale Newsagency // Mar 5, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    No particular song for me, depends on the mood, but often have a good bit of rock going Sundays while I do the accounts.

    In the shop, during trading hours, I stream jazz or ambient music via itunes. Non offensive to anyone, ad free and barely eats in in to my bandwidth at all.

    Ran love songs all day on Valentines Day, had a bit of Trans Siberian Orchestra for Xmas (much better than schmalz) and will probably play all the maudlin Irish tunes on Paddy’s Day. Just get drunker as the day goes on,


  • 16 Allan wickham // Mar 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Michelle, I’m coming to work with you….!!!


  • 17 michelle // Mar 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Mark, where were you 4th Nov 1979? Hmmm


  • 18 Mark Fletcher // Mar 6, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Haha Michelle. Wish I got to see them live back then. Amazing.


  • 19 allan wickham // Mar 7, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    David, when you are with Mr Hosking and myself we quite often hear you say “one bourbon, one scotch & one beer” and then you order him and I some drinks aswell…..!


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