Soothing the not so savage beasts

Pink Floyd for an orthopedic surgeon? Radiohead for an astronaut? Katy Perry for a retail DJ who spins tunes to sell jeans?

All three believe that music makes a crucial difference in their lives. They’re part of a series on Seattle’s KEXP-FM called “Why Music Matters.”

Dr Divya SinghTheir playlists are as diverse as their occupations. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Divya Singh programs Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” She says music plays an important role in her operating room, even before surgery begins. “Music can provide the atmosphere in the OR. It’s almost like a dance.” More importantly, it allows her to screen extraneous detail and focus on what’s important — the surgery.

Astronaut Stan LoveAstronaut Stan Love has some obvious choices: “Rocket Man” by Elton John, “Subterranean Homesick Alien” by Radiohead, “Man On The Moon” by R.E.M., “Walking on the Moon” by the Police and a perennial favorite of former glam rockers, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” But he does have a sense of humor, including the “Jetson’s Theme” by Man Or Astro-man? (No, the question mark is not a typo, it’s part of the name of this early ‘90s surf rock group from Auburn, Ala., where chances are there’s more rock than surf.)

There’s more. An unidentified retail DJ programs some favorite choices for a clothing store: “Lovefool” by the Cardigans, “Skinny Genes” by Eliza Doolittle” and “These Boots are Made for Walking” by Nancy Sinatra. One not-so-obvious choice: “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry. (If you know the answer to that one, please give us a shout.)

The audio is fun, and so is the video . . . a good way to end the year on a happy note.