There are certain things that don’t come naturally to me. Among the legion of things on that list are doing math, playing the ukelele, and being happy. Mostly I’m not bothered with my inability to play the ukelele, and the math thing only gets in my way every now and again, but the being happy thing is kind of an issue. It’s not that I shuffle my way through life with a constant rain cloud over my head — though some days may feel like that — but it’s more that if I want to feel happy, I often have to work for it. It’s something that takes effort on my part. Especially on Mondays.
I’ve developed some seriously good ways to bring myself out of a funk, though, even if they only work for a little while. And one of the best — barring the availability of a luxurious bathtub, a day off, a hot cup of tea and a good book — is music. I have a few songs in my MP3 library that are guaranteed to brighten my mood and give me hope and energy for the day. I thought I’d share a handful of them for what I’m going to call Music Mondays, because honestly on Mondays I feel like there’s nothing the world needs more than a little hope.
Trevor Hall, “Other Ways”
When I think about all the other ways I could’ve played,
All the other simple moves I could’ve made,
All the other cards that I could have dealt,
All the books I didn’t read upon my shelf,
All the other ways I could’ve sung my songs
and realized that none of it went wrong.
When it was all play,
How could it be any other way?
Jeremy Kay, “Have It All”
Maybe it’s too soon to be sure
But I really do believe that someday
We’re gonna have it all
So I try to hard to keep the rhythm of a train
Rolling right along
When the ride gets rough you got to carry on
Andy Grammer, “Keep Your Head Up”
The glow that the sun gives
Right around sunset
Helps me realize
This is just a journey
Drop your worries
You are gonna turn out fine
Oh, you’ll turn out fine
Fine, oh, you’ll turn out fine
The Swell Season, “Feeling the Pull”
And I’m feeling the pull
Dragging me off again
And I’m feeling so small
Against that big sky tonight
Elbow, “One Day Like This”
‘Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
And only now I see the light
Yeah, lying with you half awake
Stumbling over what to say
Well, anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day
I’m always looking for new additions to my pick-me-up music library; what are your favorite songs to make a bad day better?