Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It was a dark and stormy night...

...actually it’s more than that. It’s been a dark and stormy couple of days. And even though I love the rain, I love it more when I get to stay home and have sweatpants dance parties in the living room. Alas, I have not been able to do that during this rainy spell. Silly work. So, I turn to the next best thing, a happy song playlist.

Now I don’t know about you, but my happy song playlist changes depending on the day. There are a few songs that stick around -- as Roomie has pointed out, if someone woke up every morning to Destiny’s Child’s “Happy Face,” they could probably change the world -- but for the most part, it's pretty fluid.

Here’s my current Rainy Day Cheery Tunes* playlist:

-          Happy Face – Destiny’s Child
-          Everything – Michael Buble
-          I Feel Better – Gotye
-          You’ve Got the Love – Florence and the Machine
-          Wannabe – Spice Girls
-          King of Anything – Sara Bareilles
-          Singing in the Rain – Gene Kelly
-          Man in the Mirror – Michel Jackson
-          Sweet Darlin’ – She & Him
-          In Your Light – Gotye

If there are any songs here you haven’t listened to yet, I highly recommend giving them a chance (even if it’s not raining where you are). It is legitimately difficult to do a convincing grumpus impression when these come on. Also, if you’re looking at this list and thinking, How...How could she have left out that song??? That’s the happiest song ever! In this world or any other!, please let me know what this epic tune is. I’m always looking for more happy melodies.

If you’re having a really rough morning and just listening isn’t quite enough, I suggest a little dancing. How much depends on your work environment and how upset you would be over the possibility of being shunned by coworkers. Of course, the argument can also be made that if they don’t immediately join you in your dance break, they’re the ones who deserve the shunning. I’ve heard it both ways.

Wishing you a happy day and whatever kind of weather you like most!

*This playlist can also be used to keep spirits up during the continuing battle against the Squirrel Menace. (I’m pretty sure they know I’m on to them. A small group of them have built a nest in the tree outside my living room window. Terrifying. Thank goodness for cheery tunes, right?)


  1. I like the songs I know on this list (and will definitely take some time in the near future to listen to the rest), but my happy playlist ALWAYS includes a song from a classic Disney movie. Disney never fails to put a smile on my face.

    1. That is true....they're pretty hard not to sing along to.