“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion,
If you want to be happy, practice compassion”
As the Dalai Lama says,…. And that kind of sums it up for me.
And since I have a music website of some small disrepute, I thought I might just throw out a little happy playlist and attempt to defend it.
*I am using the totally legal format of Spotify for the first time. I also drew the lines of a happy face so this is 100% free range copyright approved-and no animals were harmed in the making of this post!
Rock music does not lend itself to happiness as a rule- with all that minor pentatonic and brooding vocals and such.
But, here is my quick “go to” list of songs that bring a lightness to my heart and brighten up the cave a bit.
Louis Armstrong.What a Wonderful world
The Rosetta stone that all other contentment songs are measured against. Satchmo put down his trumpet and preached it out.
Squeeze.Pulling Muscles from a Shell
This song always brings a smile to my face-it is light and bouncy with some layers of indiscretion only jabbed at…you know—fun. And funny at the same time.
Bob Marley.Three little Birds
What can you say about a man of peace and a champion of the oppressed-he lost himself in his music. Yes, he was wasted most of the time-I don’t see that as a deal breaker –I just see it as: we all have our hurdles to get over- some we do and some we don’t. Any 24 year old living in their parent’s basement and using this guy as an excuse to smoke week is a complete idiot. He triumphed despite his problem not because of it.
The Notorious B.I.G. Big Poppa
This is misogynistic and hedonistic to a certain extent but it is also smooth and full of joy. So how can that be? How does an old pasty white guy like me enjoy some Biggie? Well., this song is funny and the big guy is so smooth with the rhymes that I find it irresistible. To me, the “flow” outweighs all. He was a man of his time and place and he spoke the truth as he found it—-that is what all the greats do.
Bobby McFerrin.Don’t Worry be Happy
Simple and free advice. Happiness is often a choice that we can make.
Lyle Lovett.Give me back my Heart
Lyle crafts songs with an intensity of spirit and Texas swagger that each one is like a mini rodeo ride for the soul. I could pick many of his songs that make me laugh and this one always gets me off the dirt and back on the bull!
It’s just happy-you want to sing along and join in.
- Kelly.Iginition Remix
Give me that woo, woot – it’s the fiicken weekend baby.
Fitz and the Tantrums. Out of my League
The more I hear from this group, the more I like them. They have enough range to separate themselves from the nameless ocean of indie rock music. So what if things are out of your league?-so what if you are in over your head?—-we all are…so let’s dance and get on with it…..or something like that.
The Lumineers.This must be the Place
Brilliant cover of a Talking Heads classic that makes you take a fresh look. They took all the quirky-over-thinking- nerdness out of the original and replaced it with a real organic heart. It’s not the same song done this way.