Music Makes Work Sweeter


The gals and I spend lots of time together in the studio – hours and hours a week. Lots of our work is quiet – Thamar and Nicole on the machines sewing away – Rachel, Shauna stuffing or sewing, Brandi doing whatever she does πŸ˜‰ and me always in my cozy chair sewing faces (seriously – I’m glued to that chair Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – it’s a bit of a joke in the shop). Our work is repetitive so it’s easy to get lost in rhythms and songs. We tend to pass some mornings listening to audio books. Currently we are working through ‘The Help’ and I think we’ve been through the Twilight series about 4 times now (guilty pleasure). But our main l0ve is music.


I’m a music nut. When I was a teenager I thought that the coolest job ever would be to score movie soundtracks (coolest job ever until I became a doll maker!) I am so lucky to work with gals that are equally into music – especially Shauna – it’s with her that I can text ‘I’m on a walk, sun is setting and I’m having a moment with Bon Iver’ and she totally gets it. We have satellite radio and love the station Sirius XMU – the DJ Jenny LSQ hosts the afternoons and we all totally want to be her BFF. I friend requested her on Facebook and sent her a lame message that I loved her show and her sassy ways and she emailed me back that she thought the dolls were cute! OMG – that was an exciting moment in my life .. (*note to parents – you do NOT want to listen to this station with youngin’s around – lots of cussing).

Last week I asked the gals their fav tunes and thought it would be fun to write out a list here ..

Shauna – H0locene (Bon Iver), Words that Maketh Murder (PJ Harvey), Everybody ona Move (Spearhead)
Thamar – I Can’t Decide (Scissor Sisters), Peridos (Monchy and Alexandra) (Thamar LOVES Latin music- she listens to the station Caliente all the time .. and dang that gal can salsa!!)
Brandi – Curs in the Weeds (Horse Feathers) , Furr (Blitzen Trapper)
Nicole – I’ll be Waiting (Adele), Bruises (Chairlift), Everything and Everyone (The Boys and The Girls)
Rachel – Go Do (Jonsi), California Sunrize (Dirty Gold), Home (Edward Sharpe and the Magnet Zero’s

I’ve been asked a lot what the song is inΒ  The Case of the Missing Doll (the cutest video EVER) and it’s Bruises by Chairlift. I’ll play DJ here and say that if you like this song then you may want to listen to The Golden Age (The Galaxy Asteroid Club) and My Love (The Bird and the Bee) – similar cuteness!

Have a great week!







12 responses to “Music Makes Work Sweeter”

  1. Vivienne A. Avatar
    Vivienne A.

    Too cute!! I’ll have to have a listen to the Bamboletta playlist! πŸ™‚

  2. Simone W Avatar
    Simone W

    So happy to get a list of new tunes! Thanks-you! I recently was introduced to the sister brother duo “Angus and Julia” (Down the Way) amazing voices and chill music, I recommend if you haven’t already heard them!

  3. Cassandra Avatar

    <3 LOVE reading your blog! πŸ˜€ Always wanting to listen to something new. Thank you!

  4. Brenda Bell Avatar
    Brenda Bell

    Love this blog! I am a huge music nut and love listening to it. I also just bought the book the help and can’t wait to read it. Have a great weekend. <3

  5. katharine Avatar

    Sounds like my days at Costume School – creative communities are AMAZING!!

    And the video is BEYOND adorable!! πŸ™‚

    So sweet…

  6. Tara A Avatar
    Tara A

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m such a music gal and am so excited to add a bunch of new stuff to my play-list πŸ™‚ Tell Brandi I LOVE Curs in the Weeds, a friend recommended it a couple months ago and I listen to it (borderline) obsessively πŸ˜‰

  7. Cassandra Avatar

    Very cool place you have! Awesome music list! πŸ™‚

  8. Tara A Avatar
    Tara A

    …oh and here are some of my recent music finds: Wye Oak ~ Civilian, Mirah & Thao ~Little Cup, and Shannon McNally ~ Pale Moon.

  9. Agnes Avatar

    Thanks for sharing some favourite songs, many of those are on my list as well! And that video is the cutest thing ever, can’t wait to see others πŸ™‚

  10. Ingrid Avatar

    sounds a little like our itunes library (except Chairlift – don’t have ’em yet). I’m so into Hannah Georgas right now. You guys should check her out. She’s a Vancouver gal <3 Miss you. We need to chat soon πŸ™‚

  11. kelly W Avatar
    kelly W

    Love finding new music! Some of my standbys are Regina Spektor (Folding Chair) and Ingrid Michaelson (The Way I Am) πŸ™‚

  12. Judith Rotruck Avatar
    Judith Rotruck

    The dolls are adorable. I have ginger-haired grandchildren, so I love the little red heads too. They are all so cute.

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