Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Happy Songs for the Strike Vote Blues

As children, we learn to count the age of a tree by the number of lines marking the passage of time. Adults measure age by the wrinkles on their face. And nothing causes wrinkles more than worry (unscientific observation). With furrowed brows, Saluki faculty have yet to bring out in song, either by singing the blues, shouting union songs or joining a chorus of "Up With People."

Ecclesiastes states that "there is a time" for everything, including worry. But this blog is about being happy in the face of worry. So put on some new shoes, drink a margarita, and choose your favorite of the following "Happy Songs." Nominations welcome and I'll try to add them! For a list of ideas, see Spin's list of the top ten "happy songs."

Here are three with the #1 pick recommended by Professor Jonathan Wiesen (and also one of my favorite happy songs). Good timing, Jonathan, now that R.E.M. just broke up! But, hey, we'll save "breaking up" songs for another day . . .

Enjoy and recommend!

#3: "New Shoes" (Paolo Nutini)

#2: "Don't Worry Be Happy" (Bobby McFerrin)

#1: "Shiny Happy People" (R.E.M.) -- redirects to the Youtube video in high quality.


John Shade said...

Originally a Woody Guthrie song, but I think the OCMS version sounds happier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAzhz29eVec&noredirect=1

Joe Sramek said...

Traveling Wilburys "End of the Line" (1988)