Song of the Day — Happy Music, and the Changing of the Guard

May 23, 2011
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Usually I play happy music to fan an ember of good feeling into bright blazing joy.  Sometimes when I’m lost and cold, I look to it for a spark.  (That usually doesn’t work.  Congruency matters.)

My song of choice for ages has been this:

Central Reservation (Spiritual Life _ Ibadan Remix)

I post it everywhere.  It still works.


The other day I was driving on the highway with my son, and an old happy song shuffled out of my ipod.  Oh yeah!  I forgot!  There are other happy songs!  This one by Rickie Lee Jones was IT for me 25 years ago:

Woody And Dutch On The Slow Train To Peking

He liked it.  Then he said, quietly, “I have a happy song, too, dad.”

I was skeptical.  I kept my eyes on the road, raised my eyebrows, and said just as quietly, “oh yeah?”  Glanced over at him with a no-nonsense expression on my face.

He narrowed his eyes and smiled.  Picked up the challenge.  “Oh yeah, dad.”

I shrugged my shoulders.  He turns 18 next month.  Thinks he’s a man.  I merged into the fast lane and said, quietly, “show me.”

He found his Otis Redding, and played this:

The Happy Song (Dun-Dum)

Yeesh.  Don’t tell him, but I think he won that one.  I have other happy songs, but they’ll have to wait.  Gotta go listen to some more Otis.


Song of the Day — Beth Orton

December 7, 2010
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How have I not posted this before?  Don’t listen to this song unless you want to be carried away from all of your worldly troubles…

Galaxy Of Emptiness

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Song of the 25 minutes between morning and afternoon patients

May 17, 2010
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I took a walk around the Lynn Commons, as I commonly do.  Headphones like umbilical cords, stretching from ears to iPod, protecting me from the overly friendly, and feeding me a soundtrack for my thoughts.

Today, by chance, came this song.  I posted it in February, but must repeat it today.  With each listening it seems to stretch — new words swim into focus, new images and meaning coalesce — but never loses its core: the pure joy of existence.  This is not something that I’ve spent enough time reveling in.  It’s time to start.


This time is fine just as it is.

This day is whatever I want it to be.


I’ll hush.  You listen:

Central Reservation (Spiritual Life _ Ibadan Remix)

Song of the Day — Beth Orton

February 2, 2010
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What?  No Beth Orton yet?  Need a happy happy song?!?  Well, grab your socks Madge, we’re gonna find a little happy!  Today is whatever I want it to be.

Central Reservation (Spiritual Life _ Ibadan Remix)

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