Since this week has consisted largely of workday fire drills (in the metaphorical sense, of course), this week's post will be brief, but chock full of music-y goodness. You see, internets, I'm sharing with you my instant good mood playlist.
It has evolved since its inception, but I am pretty happy with the contents these days. Some songs have an empowering/inspiring message ("Walk on the Moon," for example), and others others are steeped in Girl Power ("Independent Women, Pt 1," "Video"). A few are good for self esteem and feeling pretty ("I Am the Body Beautiful," "Beautiful," "Sexy Bitch," "SFM").
Then there are tunes that just sound so damned happy—my beloved "Soul Sloshing," or the aptly named "Happy," for example. "It Only Makes Me Laugh" is classic, energetic ska, but I especially love how the lyrics provide instant perspective on the changeable nature of life and fortune. The Wheel turns, and you return from the depths.
"I don't know why I feel this wayAwesome, powerful stuff.
I don't know if it's right or wrong to laugh at misfortune
Darkness can never last..."
Then, my lovelies, come are the sublime, spiritual lushness of pieces like "Beauty in the World," "Exactly," and "Blessed." Zen in music form. Perfection!
A few more gems round out the list, but by now you've got the general flavor of what speaks to me. It's a wondrous thing, internets, to be an MBLF; you're never more than a refrain away from an instant good mood. The right song hits you in the solar plexus and you're never the same. It's a great cure for The Wallowing or its more pernicious, vocal counterpart, The Whinging.
Without further ado, then, I present Feel Good, Inc. Peruse at will, and proceed directly to bliss.