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Easy Listening For Uneasy Listeners

Tan Kian Khoon

There's a considerable amount of stress and responsibility involved in simply showing up for work. Then, of course, you're required to stay calm and productive once you walk in the door. Even though your coworkers could never match your intellectual rigor, your senior managers would rather stare at their shoes than talk to you in the elevator and your boss can never quite pronounce your last name correctly, you're still required to get through the day without kicking anyone in the shins. So here are five musical tranquilizers, guaranteed to calm frayed nerves and ease the frustration caused by the inadequacy that surrounds you. Ration them — one at a time, please — for when you feel compelled to spew an acid putdown, flame-throw an email to your supervisor or simply walk out the door.

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Tom Huizenga
Tom Huizenga is a producer for NPR Music. He contributes a wide range of stories about classical music to NPR's news programs and is the classical music reviewer for All Things Considered. He appears regularly on NPR Music podcasts and founded NPR's classical music blog Deceptive Cadence in 2010.