I’ve been thinking a lot about community and music. Both are deep passions of mine and in honor of 2016’s Community Manager Appreciation Day, I am compiling “Songs of Community Management” to bring us together around music and meaningful stories that uplift us, helps us process situations, or perhaps whose lyrics just perfectly tell the circumstances we live and breathe every day.

Participate by entering your song, story and details here and on January 25th, I’ll be compiling all the songs and the best stories I receive with full credit back to each participant. I’ll do a roundup and recap here on the Communituity Point of View blog.

Every community person I’ve talked to about this project immediately has a song they want to share…but I’d guess there are a few who need some examples to get the juices flowing. While this isn’t my song, I’ve played it a lot at times while in community roles. I love the drama and crescendo–and frankly, it lightens the mood a bit because it is so heavy and dramatic. All I can do is chuckle when I hear it. It’s O Fortuna from Carmina Burana:

Think about what gets you going, makes you feel good or helps you get through tense times. Maybe it is:

• Huey Lewis and the News’ Power of Love
• Struggling? Transitioning into community from another role at your company and trying to make your inroads and meet new challenges? Maybe you feel like you’re on the receiving end of Janet Jackson’s What Have You Done for Me Lately?
• Streaming music channel lover? If you stream a certain genre, name a key artist who is part of your channel. What’s that one anchor song that you find yourself coming back to?

Let’s have some fun. Telling your story will take you 5 minutes. Access the survey.