November 2010 Archives

"Artists work in the dark-- and without artists, society would enter the future blind. "I accept chaos. I am not sure whether it accepts me," as Bob Dylan once put it; the bests artists trust that instinct. Especially in a time of chaos-- when so many are insisting that what one might feel as chaos is still order-- artists can explore, track and map the wilderness of uncertainty and doubt that ordinary political speech means to deny."
"Not Singing Too Fast," Interview February 2002

 I am thankful for my relations and patient readers, clever cooks, quick laughers, pun makers, songwriters, teachers , rescuers, kind strangers, bread-making-teachers and bread breakers, internal rhymers, rock-climbers, gardeners, non-complainers, the forgiving, question askers, the restrained, protectors, old joke tellers, patient explainers, long walkers, planters, listeners, the brave, the frightened and the risky

The other day, I asked a dreadful question on Twitter about email and other modern conveniences we've come to hate. It brought forth lots of examples of things we hate. This was not the intended result. There are people all day long on television telling us why we should hate people, things and ideas. I really didn't want us all to encroach on that territory. So I pivoted quickly to a new question in the hopes of spitting out the bad taste of the last one. I asked what song (happy, sad or otherwise) immediately improves your mood?

I've posted your answers below. The volume and variety reminded me of why I am such a huge fan of my Twitter followers. If I didn't post yours, I'm sorry. There were so many I couldn't keep up with them all.

My song of immediate uplift changes day by day. Mine today is a version of Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key. 


California by Metro Station

The Humpty Dance

"It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones makes me chuckle, it's so ridiculous.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Girlyman Everything's Easy

American Slang by Gaslight Anthem

The Beatles" "All You Need Is Love" "A Happy Catchy Tune"

I've got a feeling by the Black Eyed Peas

any song by linkin park!

Great Big Sea - Home For a Rest

School's Out, Alice Cooper.

Muskrat Love!

Babylon, david gray

Papa Was A Rolling Stone, The Temptations

Ooh Child

"ABC" by the Jackson 5. Your welcome. ;)

F#ck You by CeeLo Green. Seriously, it makes you bounce. #happy

"That Thing You Do" or "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?"

He's On The Beach by Kirsty MacColl.

Leonard Cohen's "Halleluiah" as performed by Jeff Buckley.

sunny hours-long beach dub allstars!

Breathless -- the Corrs

Colin Hay, Waiting for My Real Life to Begin.

"Don't worry, be happy." Is there no better song to punch people in the face to?

Brickhouse. Is that wrong?

Peace Like a River (Elizabeth Mitchell)

'loving cup' by the rolling stones

Zippidy Do Da

'and your bird can sing' - The Beatles :) whenever I hear it it makes me happy.

My Feet Can't Fail Me Now by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

"Move On Up" by Curtis Mayfield

ac/dc thunderstruck

"Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids" by Cradle of Filth

Snow Patrol_Chasing Cars

Doobie Brothers' "Rock'n Down the Highway".

Ordinary Miracle, by Sarah McLachlan.

September by Earth, Wind, and Fire

"100,000 Fireflies" and "Road to Nowhere"

Chumbawamba: "I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep me down." Words to live by in times like these.

Begin the Beguine, the Artie Shaw version

long shadows by josh ritter

"Mr. Blue Sky," ELO and "September," Earth, Wind & Fire

"Ace of Spades" by Motorhead:

"Look for the Silver Lining." Can't be grumpy around that.

I wanna hold your hand!

Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show, Summetime - Sidney Bechet, Young Folk - Peter, Bjorn and John

Three Little Birds- Bob Marley

Rex's Blues, Townes Van Zandt

We Are Scientists - "This Scene is Dead"

"Evangeline" by Matthew Sweet

I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner!!

Gotta get you into my life; Bright sunshiney day; Friday I'm in love; The Becoming; Right as Rain

Song that improves my mood: Looove!

The Clash: The Right Profile

re: song which improves my mood "You are my Sunshine"

"Where The Streets Have No Name" by U2 or "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel.

Joe Cocker's "Feelin' alright"

Honky Tonkin by Hank Williams and Desert Rose by Sting

" I like to rise when the sun she rises" from Newfie group, Ryan's Fancy

Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen.

The Smoothie Song- Nickel Creek

Cisco Kid, War
Go Baby, Apples in Stereo
Come Together, The Beatles
Bicycle Race, QueenThrust, Herbie Hancock
Karate Man, The Super Friendz
...Mexican Wine, Fountains of Wayne
If You Want Me to Stay, Sly and the Family Stone

Rock 'n' Roll by Lou Reed

Immigrant Song, LZ
Another One Bites the Dust, Queen

"i will dare" ---the replacements

"Tumbling Tumbleweeds," Gene Autry, makes me happy

"Love Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban

ELO Mr. Blue Sky

"Age of Consent", New Order

The Way You Look Tonight by Sinatra. Don't know why, but it always works.

No Rain by Blind Melon and Bertha by The Dead.

"Shambala" by Three Dog Knight. It's my 4-year-old's favorite song to dance to. Happy-making.