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Brain Music Ep. 41: Emmarae Stein

Brain Music Ep. 41: Emmarae Stein

Photos by Julia Merrell


There's no doubt that finding the perfect playlist can motivate and inspire you. Whether it's finishing the last mile of your run, tackling that laundry you've been putting off, or getting you through your workday, tunes can change everything. So let's motivate and inspire each other, shall we?

This is Brain Music: a selection of songs curated monthly by different members of the Rochester community that we hope will inspire you the same way it inspires its curator. Today, we bring you a playlist curated by Rochester Brainery Team Member Emmarae Stein. Without further ado, here's Brain Music Episode 41:

Emmarae Stein Intro

Hello, Brainery friends and followers! I'm Emmarae Stein, the latest Team Member at Rochester Brainery. As a lifelong Rochesterian, I feel so lucky to be working for such a fantastic community-minded organization. Outside of the Brainery, I can be seen wearing many hats around town. For two years, I was the co-editor and owner of Floated Magazine, a local alternative culture publication based in the heart of our city! Now, I'm working a few different gigs.

During the week, I can be found at WXXI Public Broadcasting working as the radio production intern for Connections with Evan Dawson. On the weekend, you can catch me at the admissions desk at ARTISANworks, a 50,000 square foot arts and events space in the North Winton neighborhood!

Emmarae at Artisan Works

As a full-time student finishing up my degree in Communications and History at Nazareth College, a lot of my time is spent at Fuego Coffee Roasters, editing up assignments and working on long-term projects. I'm always on the search for music that drives my work-flow, and gets me off on the right track for a successful day. I'm the daughter of two musicians, which means that my childhood had a phenomenal soundtrack.

Emmarae In Artisan Works

From David Bowie to The Ramones to Joni Mitchell, there was never a shortage of music to be heard in my household. 

I always feel empowered by fellow women creators, and can often be found listening to musicians like Regina Spektor, Hop Along, or Mitski. One of my absolute favorite things to do in this world is dance (even though I'm a terrible dancer), and I love working with music that makes me feel motivated to create with passion and intention.

If I'm writing for either a freelance project or an academic purpose, I have trouble listening to music with a lot of lyrics or emotional implications. However, I have difficulty completing projects in total silence. I'll usually put on some tracks by one of my favorite indie-electronic artists, Baths, to help stay focused and on-task. There's something so reassuring to me about listening to music while I'm working; it's as if a friend is there with you, acting as a source of encouragement throughout the process.

Emmarae Stein Girl With Lights

So, without much further ado, here is a playlist of the songs that make me feel energized, awake, and ready to take on whatever challenges that the day could offer!


Listen to Emmarae’s playlist here, or preview it below. 


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