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R Staff Picks: Music

Music has power. It connects to our soul directly, like a turntable’s needle on the pulse of our lives, it bypasses the senses. Whether it’s background tunes to keep us grounded or launch us into a whirling dervish of energy dancing through the house, good music can shift your mood in seconds.

Now, as we are fortunate enough to be working from home, we get to spin our own hits. Some of us are using it to create a toe-tapping vibe while others are more introspective. No matter what music we’re playing, it sets our mood for the day.

We gave you R Staff Picks for some movies to keep you occupied. Then, we shared the TV shows that are making us smile, laugh, and learn, through it all. Before long, we shared our recipes, artistic hobbies, favorite adult beverages and more.

Today, it’s the music that moves us.

We encourage you to start with this hour playlist made by our team who choose all the music played at Cheney Stadium. This diverse mix should have a little for everyone, from feel good tunes with lots of horns to jazzy slow burners to soothe the spirit. Whatever your mood, when you’re listening to this collection of songs, you are connected to your R House family.

Always together, We R Tacoma.


Fernanda Irish, Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator: Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and assorted Motown are on loop for the entirety of this work from home adventure. It’s the perfect mix of upbeat and soothing to get me through the day. I’ll stream playlists like this one on Spotify while I’m working and then take a break and switch to vinyl with a side of a record like the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds (arguably the most gorgeous pop album ever recorded) or Mac Demarco’s Salad Days.


Casey Catherwood, Creative Director: Before things really got serious, the vinyl addict in me spent more than a few hours at Hi-Voltage Records compiling a bunch of nostalgic classics I knew would be of comfort in isolation. Ambient classics like Brian Eno’s Discrete Music or Jon Hassell’s Vernal Equinox are great for home office work hours, but at night I’ve been pouring a glass of red wine and listening to all my favorite jazz records. A music that fills in the gap of your mood, records like Kenny Burrell’s Midnight Blue are medicine. It doesn’t matter what’s going on right now, I guarantee cranking Cannonball Adderly’s Mercy, Mercy, Mercy will fill your house with a sound that changes the frequency in a good way.


Dave Alonso, Stadium Sound Director: My favorite station to listen to while home with my family has been Backyard BBQ Funk on Amazon music. Packed full of summer favorites from James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers and even Johnny “Guitar” Watson, most of the songs are also on heavy rotation at Cheney Stadium throughout the year. When I listen, it reminds me of the exciting times shared in seasons past and the thrill of those still to come.

Dave Alonso’s Amazon Playlist


Hayley Hacker, Group Event Coordinator: Being cooped up working from home can be pretty quiet (with the exception of my sweet barking dogs…). To keep my sanity, I always have music playing throughout the house. My personal favorite artists are Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, The Jonas Brothers and Lizzo. If I’m not playing one of my favorite artists, you can usually find a solid 90s Country Playlist rockin at my new home office!


Dave Clark, Content Creator: My two main “channels” of music are wildly different. The first, and probably more popular, is Sirius XM Lithium with its 90s alt-rock and grunge hits. Yes, I’m dating myself, but that station puts me right back in high school and the Army, an age when I thought I could tackle anything. I’m especially fond of anything with Chris Cornell. There’s no better voice that chose grunge as the backing for his writing.

The other is composer Bear McCreary. From movies like Godzilla and Fantasy Island, to TV shows Black Sails and Outlander, McCreary’s scores and soundtracks are evocative emotional soundscapes. Many of the projects he’s attached to show a journey from darkness to hope and joy. His notes inspire me and power me.

Tacoma Rainiers Left-Handed Pitcher Anthony Misiewicz is listening to Spanish-language music to “get the feeling of baseball back in my veins.” While Tacoma Defiance Head Coach Chris Little is tuning into Twitter “listen-alongs” from Oasis and The Charlatans. The artists will host a live Q&A while every starts track 1 on an album at the same time.

Always Together. We R Tacoma.

About the Tacoma Rainiers

The Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Tacoma has been a member of the Pacific Coast League since Cheney Stadium opened in 1960, and has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.

The most up-to-date news and notes about the Tacoma Rainiers and Cheney Stadium can be found at WeRTacoma.com, or by following the Rainiers on Twitter (@RainiersLand), Instagram (@tacomarainiers) and liking the team on Facebook.

About Tacoma Defiance

Tacoma Defiance is the USL Championship affiliate of reigning MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC. You can follow The Future of Champions on Twitter (@TACDefiance)Facebook, and Instagram (@tacdefiance). We are #DefiantlyTacoma.

COVID-19 Information

More information on social distancing and how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 can be found at Tacoma-Pierce County Health. The most up-to-date information on how COVID-19 is affecting events at Cheney Stadium can be found here.

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