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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.

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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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