We all have our “moments of doubt and pain.” I have found that music can lift my spirits like nothing else — enough to make it through the day, and sometimes the week, until the crisis passes or higher authorities are summoned.
Even if you feel as though “no pill’s gonna cure my ill,” I’m going to try, by sharing my prescription for Musical Prozac with all of you!
1. Nick Lowe: Nick is always my first choice. He is still around, touring and making beautiful music, but in the 1980s, he was full of crackling wit, piss and vinegar, and wrote catchy tunes with amazing lyrics like these:
Do you remember Rick Astley?
He had a big fat hit that was ghastly.
He said I’m never gonna give you up or let you down.
Well I’m here to tell ya that Dick’s a clown.
She’d been lyin’ there
for two or three weeks
The neighbors said
they never heard a squeak
For hungry eyes that could not speak
Said even little doggies have got to eat?
She was a winner
Then became the doggie’s dinner
And when I ask you to be nice, you say
You gotta be
Cruel to be kind in the right measure
Cruel to be kind it’s a very good sign
Cruel to be kind means that I love you
Baby, you gotta be cruel to be kind
2. The Beatles: so many, many upbeat tunes – most compliments of Sir Paul.
Good Day, Sunshine
Drive My Car
Please Please Me
I Saw Her Standing There
I Want to Hold Your Hand
She Loves You
All You Need is Love
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
One After 909
For You Blue
Two of Us
I could go on, but I won’t for now.
3. Summer Songs, such as Happy by Pharrell Williams, Hey Ya by OutKast, Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke (you don’t have to watch the video),Walkin’ on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves, I’m Just A Girl by No Doubt, Rock Star by Smash Mouth, Ridin’ in My Car by NRBQ, Cousins by Vampire Weekend, Buddy Holly by Weezer, Pretty Fly (for a white guy) by the Offspring, If I Had No Loot by Tony Toni Tone. Note: they may not be actual summer songs, but I associate them with summer. They make me feel summery!
4. Other bands/performers you can count on for uplifting stuff: Sam Cooke, Sarah Borges, Shakira, Shaggy, Sheena Easton, Sir Douglas Quintet, Sly and the Family Stone, Squeeze, State Radio, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder – and those are just some of the “S” bands on my iPod!
I defy you not to smile at least a little bit if you listen to 10 or 12 of the songs from the above lists.
I don’t want to overwhelm, so I’ll stop here. Stay tuned for more musical prescriptions!