Get to Know a Murfie Staffer!

At Murfie, we have about 35 employees working to keep the site awesome. We have a small staff, so our accounting department is pretty small too—one person, actually! Whenever you request a check with your Murfie balance, and whenever it’s time to balance books and pay the staffers (woo hoo!), this gal handles it all.

SUSIE YOUNKLE

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Where are you from? > Milwaukee. I went to school at UW-Madison, then lived in Chicago and overseas before returning to Madison long-term.

How long have you been working at Murfie? What is your role? > My husband, Matt, is one of the co-founders of Murfie, so I’ve been involved since day one. I handle all accounting for the business.

What do you like about working at Murfie? > I enjoy the energy and excitement of a start-up—especially one with a cool product/service. Plus, my fellow Murfie staffers are really passionate about music and way more knowledgeable than I am, so it’s been a great learning experience for me.

41723-largeWhat kind of music can be found in your collection?  > Classic rock, reggae, jazz, and a bit of kids music.

Who are your favorite artists/bands of all time? > Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Tito Puente, The Rolling Stones, Thievery Corporation, Lucky Dube, and anyone with “Marley” in his name (Bob, Damian, Stephen, Ziggy….)

If you could have coffee with any musician, from any time, who would it be and why? > My late grandfather, Gene Heier. He was a beloved music teacher and band leader who played 8 instruments. In fact, for decades his band was one of the best known polka bands in the northeastern part of Wisconsin.

85936-largeAre you a Beyoncé fan? > Yes. I love dance music!

What album are you really digging right now? > Eric Hutchinson‘s Moving Up Living Down. I was introduced to this album through a podcast done by Murfie staffer Kayla.

What is your favorite food? >  Cheesecake, especially from Simma’s Bakery in Wauwatosa, WI.

What can people find you doing when you’re not at Murfie? > Chasing after my 3 year-old daughter, doing yoga, volunteering, and cooking and baking. My homemade cookies are particularly popular with my Murfie colleagues :)

That’s true about the cookies! Now you know more about Susie, someone who does a lot for Murfie. Keep a lookout for more behind-the-scenes info about our staff next week!

DJ Melissa – Yoga Music for Yogis

Have no fear. Murfie staffers will soon have their own profiles for these music reviews. For now…you will have to suffer with this “guest post” structure.

~ I started practicing hot yoga about three years ago. Despite wanting to murder the person that convinced me to try it the first time, I have actually grown to love yoga be COMPLETELY OBSESSED WITH YOGA. I think about it every day. I dream about it. I planned my class schedule for next semester based on when I could take yoga classes. It would really be beneficial to my studies and probably my Ingestor job at Murfie if I stopped planning my life around the studio’s schedule and just practiced on my own. But the main reason I hate practicing on my own? No good music.

Have you ever been knee-deep in a fiery Warrior 1 pose (pun intended) when some sweet-sounding Sanskrit song comes on over the speakers, and you’re bobbin’ your head and feelin’ good and motivated, and you just wanna scream “YA I LOVE THIS!!!!!”?

Maybe you haven’t had that experience. Maybe you just aren’t listening to the right music.

I never know what these awesome songs are. And try asking a yoga teacher to tell you what that one song was: “Ya know that one you played while we were in downward dog…like…the 18th downward dog we did…and it kind of sounded like ummmhummmmrummmdummmmsooooooAH. And then there was this part that went hiiiiiiiiiinooooooooooo. Ya know…?” Impossible.

I’ve thought about bringing my Droid in the room and just Shazam-ing every song…but I fear the humidity and sweat would cause my phone to burst into an actual fire, and yoga is really more about the inner fire. Lucky for me (and you now), I have compiled a list of the 14 best songs to practice yoga to. I was able to poll some instructors at the local Madison studio that I practice at. So you could say these songs have been given official seals of approval by yogi professionals. So crank up your thermostat, pump up these jams, and get ready to work your asanas off!

You can find all these songs on albums for sale on Murfie! Links are included below…

Guru Singh – I Am
See this album!
MC Yogi – Ganesh is Fresh Omstrumental
See this album!
Snatam Kaur – By Thy Grace
See this album!
Krishna Das – Mountain Hare Krishna
See this album!
Sukhwinder Singh & Sapana Awasthim – Chaiyya Chaiyya
See this album!
The XX – Intro
See this album!
Trace Bundy – Bristlecone
See this album!
Phoenix – Love Like A Sunset Part II
See this album!
Sasha Lazard – Angeli
See this album!
Snow Patrol – You Could Be Happy
See this album!
Wah! – Bhakti Da
See this album!
Bon Iver – Re: Stacks
See this album!
Alexi Murdoch – Breathe
See this album!
The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love?
See this album!
     – Melissa Faulkner