14 more songs for being fired or laid off

I recently published a Spotify playlist of 17 songs for being fired or laid off. And then another list of 12 songs for being laid off or fired. Well, it turns out there are a lot than that so here are 14 more to enjoy!

Hint: It’s mostly about the song titles 🙂

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

Don’t Talk to Me About Work – Lou Reed

If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard

Pink Slip – Rob Genadek

The Crossroads – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Roll with the Changes – REO Speedwagon

Drink In My Hand – Eric Church

Quit Your Job – Thundamentals

I Want To Break Free – Queen

Work from Home – Fifth Harmony

Life Ain’t Fair and the World Is Mean – Sturgill Simpson

Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man – Travis Tritt

Uprising – Muse

Red, White &. Pink Slip Blues – Hank Williams, Jr.

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12 songs for being laid off or fired

There is no playlist that could include all the songs (or song titles, at least) that relate to being fired, laid off, or just flat out quitting your job. But I did put together this one, which is 17 songs. And now this very list you’re about to read. Here are 12 more songs about being laid off or fired. Enjoy!

Hint: it’s mostly about the song titles. 🙂

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – The Animals

Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

Freedom! ’90 – George Michael

If I Could Make a Living – Clay Walker

I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters

How Bizarre – OMC

WE’RE GONNA BE ALRIGHT – Switchfoot

Lean On Me – Club Nouveau

Good Morning – Max Frost

Float On – Modest Mouse

You Don’t Own Me – Grace, G-Eazy

17 songs for being laid off or fired

It’s been almost 4 years since I was abruptly laid off from a full-time job in Nashville, Tennessee and after another round of extremely unceremonious layoffs at this same company (lots of these folks I’m still friends with, so I hear about the drama weekly), I decided to do something completely unoriginal. There are plenty of these lists out there, but here’s my Spotify “Just Been Fired or Laid Off” playlist.

Hint: it’s basically all about the song titles. Enjoy!

End Of The Line – Traveling Wilburys

I’m Gonna Miss You – Milli Vanilli

Nobody’s Gonna Rain On Our Parade – Kathy Mattea

Take This Job and Shove It – Johnny Paycheck

Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) – Travis Tritt

Celebrate – Ingrid Michaelson

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty

Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift

Delicate – Taylor Swift

Bad Blood – Taylor Swift

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Bye Bye Bye – *NSync

I Want You Back – *NSync

Always Remember Us This Way – Laday Gaga

No Tengo Dinero – Los Umbrellos

Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus

The Reawakening: Part 11

It’s not see you later, it’s goodbye.

You know how when you are leaving your friends from high school, or college, or moving to a new town, some friends say, “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later”? I don’t feel that way at all about the job I was laid off of just a few months ago. The friends I made there? Yes, I will miss them and I know I’ll see some of them around town or in future work.

But I’ve got this comfortable feeling of rest and relief, maybe it’s called peace, about leaving that particular job in the past. It’s a part of my history that I’ll remember with a smile. Lots of good things can be directly related to it:
the first girl I ever loved
great downtown parking
amazing live music performances
an introduction to Roy D. Mercer
helping to produce nationally televised shows
great friendships
trips to places like Las Vegas, the gulf coast, Miami, Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York, and many more

The people that told me how fast time goes after you get laid off were not wrong. Hard to believe it’s already been over 5 months. But I haven’t missed the job for a second! I’ve had a great summer that I will look back on and thank CMT for making it happen. Soon I will have another job or two, I’ll be back in the “real world” of making paychecks and scraping by, but for a few months, I lived how I imagine my dogs feel every day. Wake up, have some fun, bark at things, eat, sleep.

-Out of the Wilderness

The Reawakening: Part 10

I’m a few months into being laid off and a lot of people have been asking…

“What are you gonna do? Have you found work yet?”

The truth is, I have been idling. Don’t get me wrong, the engine is running, but it’s kind of like I’m at the starting line waiting to take off. Other people that were laid off or left CMT around the same time I did have found work, and that’s awesome. In the back of my mind, I think to myself, “Should I have jumped right back into the workforce as fast as possible?” But then I remember the plan. The plan was to actually enjoy the time off with a kind severance from CMT because it’s so rare to be in your mid-30s with time and freedom to pursue other interests… and travel.

I went to Missouri to volunteer at a Christian sports camp where I worked when I was a wee little college student. I’ve been to Florida a few times for time at the beach, time with my family, and this.  I also went with my parents and 2 oldest nieces to the Bahamas. That never would have happened if I was still working at CMT.

I’ve been kayaking, hiking, dog-sitting, rewatching A Different World, so many things that have reminded me how much fun life can be. I needed a reminder. I was in a routine, and I love routines so that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I was living the cliche of “going through the motions.” Now it’s impossible to go through those same motions.

So what’s next? I’m excited about the idea of pursuing a couple different opportunities. I know I prefer to stay away from the traditional form of making money: going to a job, clocking in, clocking out, wearing a uniform. In the next few weeks I’ll be brainstorming and writing down a plan to make the rest of this year as good and exciting as the summer has been.

Thanks for following along on the journey!

-Out of the Wilderness