Mary Belzer


I’m a maker in Denver, Colorado. I work in software development, and all of my free time is either spent on the mountain or being creative! I knit as well as sew garments, quilts and other housewares. Outside of these things, my background is in audio production and music. I have a degree in Audio Aesthetics and Technology, and I’ve been a musician and critical music listener my whole life.

What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:

Music is connected to everything in my life! I choose my music and listening style based on what I’m trying to accomplish.

If I’m trying to get inspired, I lay on my basement floor either with headphones or in front of my stereo setup and really critically listen to an album start to finish. This usually puts me in a productive creative mindset, and the album choice helps me go where I want to go.

If i’m trying to knock out difficult tasks, I put on something lower-energy. Higher BPM and more instrumentation scrambles my brain too much to work on something complex.

When I’m cruising on a project and my direction is clear, I opt for party music. My definition of party music is pretty broad – this can mean indie electronic, rap, bedroom pop, crunchy guitars, the list goes on.

If I’m home, there is always music on in my house.

Tell us about your playlist:

I’m not great at playlists – I’m an album listener. But I’m also passionate about sharing the tracks and artists I love. So for this playlist, I tried to mimic my emotional progression on a typical making journey.

I start slow. I need some calm comfort to get me through figuring out the beginning of a project. Modest Mouse’s “Gravity Rides Everything” makes me feel something physical in my chest every time I listen to it – it immediately brings me to a place of empathy which is exactly where I need to be to feel out a project.

Once I gear up, I like to get a little more intense. This is where the garage rock comes in. I’m really into this grunge-y movement coming out of Australia right now, so I’ve added in Camp Cope’s “The Opener” and Hockey Dad’s “Germaphobe”. These songs amp me up and get my adrenaline flowing.

At some point in the project, I hit a wall. I get down on myself. So this where the sad songs come in. Jeff Buckley’s “Lover You Should Have Come Over” breaks me every time I hear it. And Car Seat Headrests “There Must Be More Than Blood” (their best song on their most recent record IMO) serves as a nice transition to the next phase.

I’m back on the upswing. There’s a long section in the middle here which I call “Songs I know All The Words To.” When I’m really in a groove, I want to belt out comforting songs in my craft room while I’m making. Rilo Kiley’s “It’s a Hit” makes me feel like I’m right on track. Pure Prairie League’s “Amie” reminds me of my Dad. The Mighty Pines “Midwestern Guy” reminds me of home (I’m from St. Louis, Missouri!).

Towards the end of the project, I’m ready to celebrate. I gear up with Thundercat’s “A Fan’s Mail” and Blood Orange’s “Best to You” to get my head right. Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” and Kim Petras’ “I Don’t Want It At All” get me on top of the world. And Remi Wolf’s “Disco Man” and CHIKA’s “Crown” bring it home.

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Mary's Maker Sounds

  1. Someday – triple j Like A Version – Julia Jacklin
  2. Gravity Rides Everything – Modest Mouse
  3. Impossible Germany – Wilco
  4. The Embers – Vagabon
  5. I Don’t Stay Up – Gum Country
  6. Thriving – Diet Cig
  7. Thinning – Snail Mail
  8. Love Test – The Growlers
  9. The Opener – Camp Cope
  10. Clean Jeans – Remember Sports
  11. Rugged Country – Japanese Breakfast
  12. Germaphobe – Hockey Dad
  13. Baybee – Jay Som
  14. Stay Down – Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus
  15. Lover, You Should’ve Come Over – Jeff Buckley
  16. California Stars – Billy Bragg, Wilco
  17. Say Yes – Elliott Smith
  18. The Weather – Built To Spill
  19. There Must Be More Than Blood – Car Seat Headrest
  20. Meet Me in the Bathroom – The Strokes
  21. Little White Dove – Jenny Lewis
  22. November Spawned a Monster – 2010 Remaster – Morrissey
  23. Oh! You Pretty Things – 2015 Remaster – David Bowie
  24. Marquee Moon (Edit) – Television
  25. Modern Girl – Sleater-Kinney
  26. Midwestern Guy – The Mighty Pines
  27. Fire – Waxahatchee
  28. It’s a Hit – Rilo Kiley
  29. Harness Your Hopes – (B-side) – Pavement
  30. Gyroscope – Dismemberment Plan
  31. Grow into a Ghost – Swearin’
  32. Blue – The Jayhawks
  33. Amie – Remastered 1988 – Pure Prairie League
  34. Fish and Whistle – John Prine
  35. Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe
  36. Future Me Hates Me – The Beths
  37. Talking Backwards – Real Estate
  38. Mean Streets – Tennis
  39. Neon Skyline – Andy Shauf
  40. henna tattoo – Field Medic
  41. (Nothing But) Flowers – 2005 Remaster – Talking Heads
  42. West Coast – FIDLAR
  43. Every Tradition – Bully
  44. circle the drain – Soccer Mommy
  45. We Begged 2 Explode – Jeff Rosenstock
  46. Remind Me – Emily King
  47. Time – Free Nationals, Mac Miller, Kali Uchis
  48. A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II) – Thundercat
  49. Weird Fishes – Lianne La Havas
  50. Omaha – Toro y Moi
  51. Best to You – Blood Orange
  52. The Way Life Goes (feat. Oh Wonder) – Lil Uzi Vert, Oh Wonder
  53. Only Child – Tierra Whack
  54. 3 Nights – Dominic Fike
  55. Peach – Kevin Abstract
  56. Anita – Smino
  57. Come In Closer – Rhye
  58. Disco Yes – Tom Misch, Poppy Ajudha
  59. Ladybug – Garçons
  60. Where’s The Catch? (feat. André 3000) – James Blake, André 3000
  61. Love You Bad (feat. Phoelix) – Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, Kamasi Washington, Dinner Party, Phoelix
  62. Second Chance – Caribou, Jessy Lanza
  63. Running Back To You – The Juan Maclean
  64. Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé) – Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé
  65. Wildin’ – Berhana
  66. Woodlawn – Aminé
  68. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
  69. I Don’t Want It At All – Kim Petras
  70. Disco Man – Remi Wolf