CIW Playlists: Co-op Member Ruth Blatt

CIW Co-op member Ruth Blatt doesn’t look at Rock and Roll bands like the typical music journalist.  When others focused on the “madness” and “death-defying excesses” the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards described in his autobiography Life, Blatt wrote about the collaborative spirit that made the Rolling Stones a working business model.  That’s because Blatt, who has a Ph.D. in Management and Operations, has made mining rock and roll for business lessons her career in an endeavor she’s named The Rock Band Project.  In her Forbes column, Blatt finds illuminating business lessons from the most unlikely of sources, including AC/DC (a “family business”), David Bowie and the Guarneri String Quartet.

Ruth Blatt.  Photo credit: CIW Co-op Member Paul Natkin.

We asked Blatt to draw on her extensive music knowledge to curate a playlist specifically for CIW, and with music that ranges from Bob Dylan to Kylie Minogue, we know what we’ll be listening to in the office today.

Tell us a song that…

Reminds you of home: “Black Coffee,” Ella Fitzgerald
This is the first song on the album that I always put on when I come home from somewhere and I want to relax and feel good. A friend bought it for me for my 22nd birthday because I liked to drink my coffee black then. 

Is on your iPhone right now: “Bad Girls,” M.I.A.
I love M.I.A., and this song exemplifies all that she offers: smart, political, Eastern, makes you want to dance. And it had lots of swagger. M.I.A. has a lot of ideas in her musical arsenal. 

Makes you think of Chicago: “Chicago,” Groove Armada
I don’t know why the song is called Chicago, but it’s an apt title. There’s a forward movement to it that fits the city. 

Makes you want to get up and dance: “Kiss,” Prince & the Revolution
This is the quintessential eighties dance track.  It reminds me of a time in my life when I did a lot of dancing.

Perfect for a long drive: “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,” Bob Dylan
It’s long, it’s about lots of things, and it’s Dylan, the best road music ever.

From a new artist you’re excited about: “Team,” Lorde
I look forward to seeing her develop as an artist.

You sing at karaoke: “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” Kylie Minogue
It just begs to be sung along to, and the dance she does in the video is fun to imitate.

You featured in an article you wrote (and are especially proud of): “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” Led Zeppelin

Erin Robertson is managing editor at Chicago Ideas.

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