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The #PressForward Press, Issue No.2

Welcome back to the #PressForward Press! We hope that you all have been staying happy and healthy as we remain tucked in our homes at the height of this shelter-in-place.


During times like these, it can be hard to stay motivated. Now more than ever, it is important for us to be there for each other and to encourage each other any way we can! This Issue is all about how WE can encourage YOU, and hopefully send a few smiles your way. And what better way can we share our joy than with music?

Music and laughter have often been referred to as universal languages-- meaning that no matter where you are or what language you speak, the feelings that are communicated through these two things are the same. How beautiful is that? Given that music and laughter go hand-in-hand, we decided to do something extra fun that also gives you a peek into the personalities of each of our core members.


We present, for your enjoyment, Forge's "Happy Songs"! Each core member chose one or two songs that are a "go-to" when they need a mood boost, and included a short message about why they like the song, or what about the song inspires them. We hope this mix-tape proves uplifting and inspiring for you! Find the Spotify playlist HERE, or individual YouTube links below. Have fun!

TODD LANKER (Artistic Director)


"Space Oddity" by David Bowie

Don’t know why, but the sort of inevitability and wonder mixed with an acceptance of dread always makes me feel good :)


"Get Your Shit Together" by Pillow Fight

An all around fun mover, with epic undertones.

BAILEY ROSE (Executive Director)


"Banana Pancakes" by Jack Johnson

This song makes me happy whenever I hear it. It reminds me to slow down and appreciate the small things.


"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

If I need to get my energy up and have a dance break, this is my go to song!! I can’t help but reenact the scene with Susan Sarandon from Stepmom.

COLEMAN CRENSHAW (Managing Director)


“Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Franz Liszt

That song has the highs and lows of life; especially the absurdity that creeps in on occasion.

RYAN FORTNEY (Director of Business and Marketing)


"Family / Best is Yet to Come" by Judah & the Lion

A recent find. I love this song. It lifts my spirits and reminds me that even when I don't feel like fighting there are those out there who will still fight for me.


"Make Your Own Kind of Music" by Mama Cass Elliot

A classic invigorating tune that reminds you that no one (no one) knows you better than you know yourself. It inspires me to have faith in my convictions and to find strength in my choices.

VALERIE SCHLOSSER (Director of Company Experience)


“Make Your Own Kind Of Music” by Mama Cass Elliot

(Hey, two votes for this song! Must be especially good!)

My parents played a lot of The Mamas & The Papas when I was growing up. They were this amazing flash in the pan - they were there for a moment making beautiful harmonies, and then they were gone. Mama Cass, before she died, was on her way to an incredible solo career. As I have gotten older this song has never stopped resonating with me. Not only does it speak to the individual, convincing us to be happy in being ourselves, but it paints a picture of her. She was so uncomfortable in the spotlight, and she pushed through to bring us this incredible sound. I think every child needs to hear this song.


“Hold On” by Wilson Phillips

I thought I’d go with a theme here. Wilson Phillips was comprised of the daughters of John & Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & The Papas, and Brian Wilson’s daughter. They had a similar talent for harmonies. I spent a lot of my childhood belting out their tunes; they still pop up during 90’s nights, when my best friend and I sit on the porch and listen to music together while sipping IPA’s (man I can’t wait for that to resume). This song is always a favorite, and it doesn’t hurt that they made a very fun cameo in ‘Bridesmaids.’ You can’t help but smile while watching that!

ELAINE CLIFFORD (Director of Communications)


“Sound of an Orchestra” by MIKA

MIKA is one of my favorite artists to listen to when I need a boost! All of his music is so upbeat and uplifting, and yet so profound. “Sound of an Orchestra” is a love song that cleverly uses different instruments to describe different parts of a person, while reminding us that we are all unique combinations that have the capacity to make our own beautiful music.

“Iron” by Woodkid

If you need to get ready for a life-changing adventure, this is the song to listen to. Epic orchestration mixed with driving beats makes for the perfect “up and at em” song.

We hope you enjoyed our playlist! Find it on Spotify.


Let us know what you think, and send us your own "Happy Songs"! Share your song and tag us on Instagram or Facebook @forgerepkc to be featured on our story for the day!


#sharethelove and #pressforward

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