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T. Swift

I can’t get enough of 1989, Taylor Swift’s new album. Yes, I am in my mid-thirties and yes, I am woman enough to admit Blank Space and Out of the Woods are my jams at the moment. I can’t listen to these and not enjoy the hell out of them. They’re great volume-turned-up-loud, singing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs-when-no-one-else-is-around songs. And the video for Blank Space is pretty fun. You’ve got to admire a woman who’s honest about herself and how quickly she can turn the tables. I think when we’re honest with ourselves, we can all be a bit of nightmare dressed as daydream from time to time.

What’s just as amazing as her music, however, is the empire she’s built for herself all while seeming to have a genuinely good time doing it all. Dan Rosensweig, of Yahoo and Guitar Hero company fame, recently wrote about Taylor Swift’s CEO Triple Crown achievement – founder, CEO and entrepreneur all wrapped into one. And while the business accomplishments are impressive (1.2 million album sales in the first week of release and the only album to do so this year), he highlights “her clarity of purpose and willingness to do what she believes to be the right thing,” despite what the industry may want of her and for her to be. While we all may not have the same measures of success that Taylor Swift enjoys, I think the takeaway is the same: be true to yourself and what you think is the right thing to do and the rest will follow. And who knows? 1.2 million people may just follow you as well.

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Batter Up

I spend more time thinking about at-bat songs than the average person (who probably spends no time, so no great shock here). While I don’t particularly like baseball, I find myself talking about the music players choose as their at-bat song on a regular basis. And I’m pretty sure no one else ever brings it up, so that means I’m the instigator. Though in my own defense, the conversation usually gets interesting, so I don’t feel too bad (or I just have really nice friends who humor me).

Several years ago at a baseball game, one of the players walked up to bat to Phil Collins, and I was horrified. I love me some Phil and Genesis, but there is not an intimidating song from that entire collection. I was horrified someone let that nice man do that to himself and immediately decided I needed to be an at-bat song consultant. I remain convinced that would be a badass job.

At this moment, I’m using Nicki Minaj’s “I’m the Best” as my at-bat song. I can easily listen to this on repeat for an embarrassingly long time and sing it at the top of my lungs on the way into work. (I drive, for those of you who were afraid I may take the Metro.) Music is incredibly important to me, and I don’t claim to be any sort of critic worth anything other than does the music make me happy and want to start a dance party. Music is amazingly powerful. And personal. So with that, I challenge you to find your at-bat music — what speaks to you and makes you want to take on the haters? On the treadmill, on the way to work, or when you need just a little lift.