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

Making lyric videos

In the past few years, I’ve really taken a liking to putting together lyric videos using music by popular artists. One of the first was for NeedtoBreathe’s “Multiplied” which I’ll post at the bottom. But I’m so happy with how my latest project went. Equipment used: GoPro Hero3, Roxant handheld stabilizer, DJI Mavic Air, edited on Final Cut Pro X.

Here’s my take on Lauren Daigle’s “Rescue”…


and NeedtoBreathe, “Multiplied”…

The dancers in Mat Kearney “Kings and Queens” video

Some music videos need to be over the top to get your attention, but others just let the lyrics, location, and a few talented storytellers draw you in. Such is the case with Mat Kearney’s video for “Kings and Queens.”

 video released on March 27, 2018

This beautifully stripped-down music video features Mat singing amongst majestic, jagged rocks, in the desert land just north of Los Angeles and east of Santa Clarita (a city that’s small yet familiar with all kinds of movies, TV shows, and even has a Netflix show named after it–Santa Clarita Diet). This impressive backdrop is a tiny part of the Sierra Pelona Mountains called the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park. Take a look at a few pics found online…

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image via Wikipedia

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image source: LA Times

The LA Times published an article listing the various Star Trek movies/episodes that were filmed here, too.

It’s also a popular place for weddings…

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Check out Jonathan Yacoub for more amazing wedding photos.

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Gene Kang used the location to create breathtaking backdrops for a wedding shoot.

…and even Easter sunrise church services.

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If you’d like more info on attending this multi-church celebration, click here.

But what we really want to know is who these dancers are, right? After all, while the lyrics of “Kings and Queens” describe a genuine love most people hope for, the choreography is a love story in it’s own right, without using any words at all.


Say hello to Stanley Glover and Bridget Whitman. Well, actually just say, “Nice to see you again!” since you probably recognize both of them from So You Think You Can Dance, among other endeavors they take part in all over the world. More of Bridget’s bio is here and Stanley’s is here.

The above photos, and more images can be found on the Bloc Agency website

Mat’s video was directed by a veteran in the music video world, Justin Clough. To his credit, he’s directed videos by Rihanna, Chris Lane, and Brothers Osborne just to name a few. Take a second to check out his reel here.

Since there’s sure to be much more from all of these talented folks, do yourself a favor and follow them to know right away when they do their next entertaining thing! Also, thank you for checking out this post, I hope you learned more about the video and as always, please feel free to comment below!

Mat Kearney Instagram (and a behind the scenes clip) and Twitter

Justin Clough Instagram and Twitter

Bridget Whitman Instagram and Twitter

Stanley Glover Instagram and Twitter

-Out of the Wilderness

Phillip Phillips in Nashville, Tennessee

Last night a friend and I met up for the Phillip Phillips show in Nashville, Tn.

(I took these photos of Nashville before the arriving to the show)

I won’t say much and I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but in a nutshell it was a fantastic show. The opening band, Striking Matches, were amazing. Guitar wizards, engaging personalities, fun, and on top of that– good music! Always a winning combo. Phillip Phillips took the stage and continued the good music, along with an endearing awkwardness that is a small sliver of what made him so likable on American Idol. I say a small sliver, because the biggest sliver was his talent, of course. He played music from his latest album, and all of it was so good. He wrapped the show with the song that made him instantly memorable on American Idol– Thriller by Michael Jackson; Phillip’s soft-spoken intro to it, “I didn’t write this song.” This exemplifies something my friend and I liked about him, not a man of many words, he was unpolished (in a great way), shown in another song intro, “I wrote this song about a guy I didn’t like.” Ya know, sometimes that’s all the info you need! 🙂

Check out pics from the show below, and if you have the chance to see Phillip or Striking Matches, don’t hesitate, you’ll be glad you decided to go…

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Feels like rain

It was one of those unexpected moments that turned out to be the highlight of my day. I was skipping rocks at Percy Priest Lake here in Nashville, waiting for my GoPro to record enough pictures to make a time-lapse of the sunset. Across the lake the marina slips were full of houseboats docked for the night.

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I could hear distant voices of boat owners chatting back and forth. Music played as the soundtrack of their late afternoon. I assume they were cleaning their boats, as many boat owners like to do. Maybe they were scrubbing and washing the week away, or prepping for an upcoming voyage.

The lake was quiet enough that the sound from a boat stereo carried over the calm water to where I was sitting on lake pebbles, admiring the clouds and the active ducks. Another song began to play, one I’d never heard before. Somehow it captured, and represented, summer. I sat back and just let myself enjoy it, as I knew the moment wouldn’t last forever.

-Out of the Wilderness