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music makes me happy.

If you know me, you know it doesn’t take much to put me in a ridiculously good mood and get me really excited. Umm not much at all. Case in point: Last week at the Christmas Tree Shop, Chelsee held up the DVD called Big Bird Goes to Japan and made a joke about it. I legit jumped over bins of stuff and practically fell while grabbing for the DVD and yelling “ohmygodthatsmyfavoritemovieintheworld!!!” The look on Chelsee’s face was priceless. But seriously, I hadn’t thought about that movie in forever and used to watch it non-stop when I was growing up. My dad traveled to Japan a lot so I loved watching Big Bird there (and how can you not love the part where everyone is saying “Ohayou” [good morning in Japanese] to him and he says “Ohio? I thought I was in Japan!”??? OK, I’m a huuuge loser. Stopping now. I promise I did NOT buy the DVD….though I might have come close).

Anyway, if I don’t have lame stuff like that to put me in a good mood, music always really helps. I legit believe that music heals all…or at least can put you in a super ridiculously good mood. Or at least can make you dance around your bedroom all alone. Orrr maybe that’s just me.

Here are the songs that always have the power to make me crazy happy:

“That’s Life” by Michael Buble- I know this is really a Sinatra song, but Michael Buble makes me happy in general so him singing this song is the ultimate. How can you not be cheered right up with these lyrics?? “That’s life. That’s what all the people say. You’re riding high in April. You’re shot down in May. I know I’m gonna change that tune when I’m back on top in June…But I know one thing. Each time I find myself flat on this face, I pick myself up and get back in the race.”

“Find a New Way” by Young Love- I just love the beats in this song and it’s about dancing, so duh. Also an excellent working out song. Not that I know anything about that. But it’s good for pilates too. “We’ll find another way to dance. If you get the chance, you must dance, dance, dance.”

“You Don’t Know What Love is (You Just Do As You’re Told)” by The White Stripes- With each new White Stripes album, I figure they can’t be as good as the last one. But they always seem to get better and better. I just like this song a lot and I can’t sit still when it’s on, much like all of their other songs.

“Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind- This was my anthem summer before and after freshman year of high school. I had no idea it was all about drugs and just thought it was a super fun song. And it still is…minus the fact it’s all about meth. “I believe in the sand beneath my toes. The beach gives a feeling, an earthy feeling. I believe in the faith that grows, and the four right chords can make me cry. When I’m with you I feel like I could die. And that would be alright, alright.”

“I Wanna Love You Girl” by Robin Thicke and Pharrell- Besides the fact I want to marry Robin Thicke, I just think this song is fabulous. It basically repeats the same lines over and over: “Wanna love you girl” and “Oh, oh, oh,” in different pitches, and I love it. You’ll see why they stick to those lines when you hear the absolute cheesiness of the other lines…”And now my life is sweeter than berries…I guess if we have sex, our love will turn to wine.” Yup. Or ummm “Big castle on the sea shore, with the Willy Wonka decor…How this sound: Mr. and Mrs. Skateboard” Told ya.

“Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John- I hate hearing people whistle in real life but the whistling in this song makes me happy. And I’m a huge fan of the lyrics. The first time I heard this song was when I saw them perform on Leno with Victoria Bergsman and I honestly thought it was a big joke. They were the most awkward people ever. I actually thought they may be slightly retarded and Leno was letting them perform on his show specially. But then I couldn’t get the song out of my head and I realized how amazing Peter Bjorn and John and Victoria are. And that their weirdness fit the song quite well. Um, watch their performance and tell me it’s not a little odd. Seriously, watch it. My basic conclusion is that Swedish people are freaking weird, but they make damn good music.

“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel- When I was 4 or 5 years old I had a radio, but the only song I liked that they played on the radio was “Uptown Girl” (I was way too addicted to Wee Sing Silly Songs and stuff like that). So, I would sit on my bed with my radio and just go from station to station trying to find “Uptown Girl.” Then I would sing and dance around my room (not much has changed) and be sooo happy that my favorite song everr was playing. I still get really happy when I hear it, though I do not constantly search the radio to find it anymore. I’m growing up. And come on, I can just hit play on my iPod anyway.

“Last night” by Diddy and Keyshia Cole- Who knows. Seriously, I’m not even a huge Diddy fan, but from the moment I first heard this song, I started smiling. It puts me in a good mood.

“Secret Smile” by Rascal Flatts- Another group who generally make me happy with every single thing they do. Their new album is seriously amazing and I did not think would even be able to come close to their last one. In love. This is an extremely cheesy song, but hey, what do you expect? “Love You Out Loud” also makes me reallllyyy happy. I had it as my ring tone at one point and I think it got a little out of control.

“Put Your Records On” by Corrine Bailey Rae- Makes me want to put my records on and dance. hehe. Seriously the whole album is amazing. Though “Like a Star” makes me cry, especially after Chels said it reminded her of me and my ex-boyfriend…story of our lives. But I’ll save that for the sad song list.

“Newport Living” by Cute Is What we Aim For- Just love the lyrics…like all of them. “Everyone’s a let down; it just depends on how far down they can go,” “You are a sell-out but you couldn’t even do that right” I think all of Cute’s songs are just fun and happy. Yay.

Anything by Enrique Iglesias- OK, I realize this makes me a huge weirdo and extremely ridiculous, but I can’t help it. I have actively tried to dislike Enrique and I cannot do it. I’ve watched his pathetic excuses for videos and made fun of them and him A LOT, and yet I am still obsessed with his music. I absolutely love “Escape,” “Don’t Turn Off the Lights,” “Be With You,” “Do You Know,” “Push,” his Spanish songs….See, I can’t freaking stop.

OK that was kind of a lot. I have stuff I need to go get done. Like the work I’ve been slacking on. And the job applying I’ve been slacking on. Maybe I’ll do a sad songs that make me happy list some other time when I need to slack again.

7 Responses to “music makes me happy.”

  1. Sara Says:

    i love enrique too!!!!!! omg how did i not know about your obsession? i thought your only weird male music obsessions were ricky martin and that dude from american idol. “do you know” is the best!!!!!!!!!

    love you!

  2. seeleigh Says:

    the expression on YOUR face was priceless. that was seriously the funniest thing, don’t think i’ve ever seen anyone that excited about anything… especially big bird. loved it!!!!!!!

  3. ToKissTheCook Says:

    Susie,
    So some of the parallels here are really starting to freak me out. I’m going to need to bullet out this particular commentary so I hit everything.
    – First, as of this morning, I did not know of a single other person outside my sibling and I that would have the same response to “Big Bird Goes to Japan.” For a solid two years of my childhood I consistently hoped that staring at the moon and singing would free a Japanese princess. And I still say Ohayou for Good Morning when I’m craving sushi (which we’ve covered so I won’t even bother revisiting). I also know that the Christmas Tree Shops are hardly a novelty for you noreasters but please understand my devout love for that shop as it has been passed down genetically from my bargain oriented mother. Buy the damn DVD.
    -Second, saw Young Love at The Beat Kitchen about a year ago and I will second it as a workout song but also as a top 5 hit for getting sweaty in the company of strangers.
    -Third, Young Folks is great because if you can’t even stand to hear YOURSELF whistle, it’s a head bopper. Currently in favor of all things Swedish.
    -“Uptown Girl” is fantastic but I want my first dance with my Dad at my first wedding to be “Lullaby” by B Joel. His River of Dreams tour was my first real concert.
    -I have to jump on the Enrique wagon and add “One Night Stand” to your list. Hero video was on repeat my fresh. Year in college and then “Just Want To Be With You” and “Escape” were regulars as well. Ok, I watched everything I could get my hands on, he is so incredibly sexy.
    – I have soo much to catch up on but I’m inspired at my follow your lead with a similar list on Sunday when I’m too full to move.

  4. Peter DeWolf Says:

    That Corrine Bailey Rae song can get stuck in my head for days. She may be the devil. Though you gotta love her voice.

  5. Katelin Says:

    Ah those are some great songs! I love Enrique’s “Don’t Turn Off the Light”. Best. Song. Ever. 🙂

    And I tagged you for a meme 🙂

  6. Nena Ouren Says:

    Haha, Ke$ha isawesome i love it! 😀

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