What would your walk-up song say about you?

With the start of the MLB season, my sons and I were talking about players walk-up songs. Matt Carpenter’s is “Hammer” by Whiskey Myers and Paul Goldschmidt’s is “Dead Man Walking” by Jeremy Camp. I really love John Gant’s- “Space Jam” by Quad City DJ’s. You may have noticed by now we are St. louis Cardinals fans.

How did the walk-up song get started? After a quick Google search, I found my answer. Nancy Faust, an organist for the White Sox, began playing music that she felt fit the personality of each player as they came up to bat. That got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be interesting if our workplaces had walk-up songs? I began to picture people coming in the front door, clocking in, heading to their respective positions while background music played that best fit their personality. If someone chose a walk-up song for you what would it be? “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel? Or maybe it would be “Nemesis” by Benjamin Clementine?

We could all aspire to be the type of care-partner that would have the song “Call on Me” by Starley play when they walked into work.

If you could choose your own walk-up song what would it be? One baseball lover/hospice professional colleague of mine said hers would be “Grandpa” by The Judd’s. She has told me many stories about how her own grandfather inspired her to always work hard and be present in everything she did. After I listened to this song I decided it captures everything about the passionate work and life she lives.

In the wake of COVID-19 some may choose “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses or “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.

“Music is what feelings sound like.”

The next time you have a learning circle with your staff pose the question, “What would your walk-up song say about you?”

What a fun way to begin learning who your staff is and for them to begin learning about each other! Have fun and turn the music up!