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Listen to the UCOP quarantine playlist

Last week we asked you to share the music that’s kept you entertained and inspired through the shelter-in-place order.

As Mark Cianca, interim vice president, chief information officer and associate vice president of Operational Services, shared, “Music lets me travel the world and uphold my physical distancing goals at the same time! It also reminds us that, regardless of our origins, our music is a common denominator of hopes and aspirations.”

Or, as Payroll Assistant Angeline Kornelus-Nguyen says simply, “It sets up the mood.”

Without further ado, here’s our playlist:

And, here are some insights our colleagues shared about how music has helped them.

“For me, music brings levity to this surreal, and sometimes scary, shelter-in-place. Right now, I’m revisiting danceable favorites from Drake and Carly Rae Jepsen (for my dance-my-pants-off party of one). I’ve also been soothed by a lot of upbeat Spanish-language indie/rock, including a funny new song by Joe Crepúsculo called “Cuarentena sin ti,” or “Quarantine without You.” With lyrics translating to, “Yesterday I got in a fight at the supermarket over a roll of toilet paper,” set to a folksy beat, I’m all for acknowledging whimsy in these strange circumstances.” – Anthony Campos, communications coordinator

“When I have my music on, it is like a visit from a friend. When I discover a new album, it is like making a new friend. The more I listen to it, the better friends we become.” – Susan Carlson, vice provost

“Music is an escape during a time when we physically can’t go anywhere. It energizes me during an at-home workout and soothes me during endless cooking (and the mountains of dishes that follow). There’s a song for every mood!” Nicole Carlotto, director, communications and advocacy

“A spring classic, Monteverdi’s ‘Zefiro Torna’ is an Italian Baroque (17th century) concert madrigal, a short lyrical poem set to a pleasant instrumental arrangement. The melody is light and airy, and speaks of the west wind that brings spring. The lyrics describe the Greek god Zephyrus (Zefiro) bringing sunlight, blossoming fields and joy to the valleys and mountains; ‘He [Zephyrus] makes the flowers in the meadows dance.’ It reminds me of the beauty all around us and gives me pause in my shelter-in-place.” – Devin Richards, senior policy analyst, Legislative Analysis

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  1. Laurie Sletten April 14, 2020 Reply

    The actual playlist seems to be missing from the article.

    • Michelle Simone April 15, 2020 Reply

      Hi Laurie, were you able to see the list with Sonia’s suggestion? Please let me know so we can trouble-shoot if not. Thank you!

  2. Sonia Scott April 14, 2020 Reply

    Hi Laurie. I couldn’t see it using Internet Explorer but if you use Chrome or Firefox it does show up. 🙂

    • Michelle Simone April 15, 2020 Reply

      Thank you Sonia!

  3. Rhommel April 14, 2020 Reply

    omg YESSSS Carly Rae Jepsen!!

  4. Terry Barton April 14, 2020 Reply

    This is great! I wish I had seen it to add a few of my fave songs to the list. Music moves us in so many ways. And, sometimes, in ways we don’t even know we need to be moved.

    • Michelle Simone April 15, 2020 Reply

      Hi Terry! You can email your songs to and we will add them

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