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Happy Songs. Tuesday March 8, 2016

Room Above The Garage recently blogged that Little Boxes by Pete Seeger never fails to make her smile. I just did my moodscope test whilst listening to the radio. The song playing was Lovin' Things by Marmalade. And suddenly my score was rocketing because the song made me happy.

I don't mean 'sublime' music such as Schubert's String Quintet in C, which always reminds me of my much-missed father;
or 'classy' music like Nina Simone singing I Put a Spell On You;
or 'take your breath away' music like Alison Moyet's version of Love Letters;
or the 'leap around the kitchen' energy of The Damned's Love Song;
I mean proper make you grin, uplifting music. My mood was instantly sunnier.

I don't know whether it's the jangly guitars, the harmonies, the rhythm or the sentiment. All I know is that I wanted more of it. So I bought the song (all of 79p) and have resolved to listen to it each morning, for so long as it makes me feel great. (

A colleague told me that every morning, before starting work, he would take a couple of minutes to listen to that famous 1991 test match commentary when Johnners got the giggles at Aggers' remark "He just didn't quite get his leg over". That laughter would set Mike up for each day. (

Have you got a 'Start The Day' brimming with happiness soundtrack that might help others to get going each day?

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Hopeful One Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 7:09am

Hi Susannah- a timely blog reminding us all of the power of music and lyrics which can lift one's mood when we have that sinking feeling that itis heading down. I have many songs like Ken Dodds 'Happiness'( which I put in a blog some weeks ago ) and music like Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor op 54 which can have this effect for as well as songs with a strong beat like Steve Wonder's 'Part time lover' and ' You bring me sunshine' sung by Morecambe and Wise.

"You Bring Me Sunshine"

Bring me sunshine in your smile
Bring me laughter all the while
In this world where we live
There should be more happiness
All the joy can give
To each brand new bright tomorrow
Make me happy through the years
Never bring me any tears

Let your arms be as warm
As the sun from up above
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love

Bring me sunshine in your eye
Bring me a rainbow from the sky
Life's too short to be spent having anything but fun
We can be so content if we gather little rainbows
Make me happy all the long
And I'll keep singing my happy songs

Let your arms be as warm
As the sun from up above
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love

Make me happy all long
And I'll keep on singing my happy songs

Let your arms be as warm
As the sun from up above
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love.

The Joke squadron is taking a rest day today

Norman Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 9:48am

HO: have a feminist joke for international women's day: Why does it take millions of sperm to find one egg? They don't stop and ask for directions....

Mary Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 10:15am

Thank you Norman. I missed HO's joke so very thankful you've stepped into the breach!

Frankie Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 10:19am

Love this Norman! Thank-you. Frankie

Hopeful One Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 10:40am

Hi Mary - can't have disappointed customers can we? The Squadron Leader ordered a special sortie for you and Norman who kindly stepped in the breach. A photographer for a national magazine was assigned to get photos of a great forest fire. Smoke at the scene was too thick to get any good shots, so he frantically called his home office to hire a plane. "It will be waiting for you at the airport!" he was assured by his editor. As soon as he got to the small, rural airport, sure enough, a plane was warming up near the runway. He jumped in with his equipment and yelled, "Let's go! Let's go!" The pilot swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the air. "Fly over the north side of the fire," said the photographer, "and make three or four low level passes." "Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I'm going to take pictures! I'm a photographer, and photographers take pictures!" said the photographer with great exasperation. After a long pause the pilot said, "You mean you're not the instructor?"

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 11:03am

Thank you HO and Norman :-) I also love Bring Me Sunshine.

LillyPet Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 7:17am

Morning Susannah,
I must have quite a few feel good songs, but cant think of them just now!
The songs that spring to mind are situational, like Jessie J sitting on stage at Glastonbury with her leg in plaster and a little girl from the audience singing It's Not About the Money or when James Corden gets Stevie wonder to sing I Just Called to Say I Love You to his wife for her birthday! .
Thanks for sharing yours, the happiness and smile I got from those commentators giggling was a wonderful way to start the day. It was watching feel good videos like this that broke the cycle of suffering miserable mornings for me, so highly reccomended :)
Thanks for a heartwarming blog Susannah. LP xx

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 11:05am

Thanks LP. Yesterday I was feeling sluggish first thing. Then I remembered to listen to 'my' song and felt instantly refreshed.

Anonymous Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 9:40am

Hi Susannah. I used to play Madonna in the car going to work, either Holiday or Express Yourself, Don't Repress Yourself. I love "I Love to Love" by Tina Charles. It now reminds me of the BBC series River with that gorgeous Swedish man playing River. It lifts my spirits every time.

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 11:08am

Some say you shouldn't have guilty pleasures, but the one I'm about to confess comes from that same era as Tina Charles (great song btw)...I'm In The Mood For Dancing by the Nolan Sisters. When it first came out I hated everything about it, but now I find it infectious!

Anonymous Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 9:41am

That was Jul xx Too involved listening to I love to Love

Norman Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 9:58am

My MP3 player is full of "one-hit-wonders" and tracks that don't feature on any of my CDs. I set it to random so I get a surprise track every day. Except I haven't done it for a while so I'll try it again. Thanks for the tip Susannah.

Other than that I love Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now..."

Leah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 10:02am

I have been banned by my children and friends from singing in public so when I am alone I like to sing. Don't cry for me Argentina ,to dream the impossible dream, and I am woman are sung in high rotation.
The trouble is my singing makes me happy but everyone else miserable.

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 11:08am

You and me, both, Leah

Lou Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 10:05am

U2's Beautiful Day is a good mood lifter for me - preferably played in the car when the sun is shining!

Frankie Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 10:21am

Katrina and the Waves: Walking on Sunshine - I defy anyone not to move when this is on! youtube Morning all! Frankie

Skyblue Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 12:23pm

Hi Frankie, I endorse that one! xx

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 6:44pm


Mary Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 10:22am

Oh for me (and I have just remembered and found it again) Terraplane "If that's what it takes". Shockingly I realise this is very nearly 30 years old. But it always fires me up and makes me smile. This version is the 12" (from the grand old days of vinyl.) I love the fusion of heavy rock and jazz/funk. So Susannah - you have just put a huge smile on my face and the blog I'm just about to write for tomorrow is going to be considerably less bleak! Thank you my dear!

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 11:09am

Thank you, Mary xx

Frankie Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 10:22am

P.S. Forgot to say, thank-you Susannah for reminding us of the power of music to lift our mood! Frankie

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 6:43pm


Jo Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 11:57am

Hi Susannah, love your post today about Happy Songs. I always listen to uplifting, feel-good tunes in the morning before work. You should check out an app called Happy Track. Its a free app available on iPhones that sends users a happy, uplifting track everyday to make them feel good. Would be lovely to hear your thoughts over the coming days!!!!

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 6:43pm

Ooh - I'll check that out. Thanks, Jo

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 9:32pm

Boo. My phone is too old to support it :-(

Jo Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 11:58am

You can download it from on your phone!

Skyblue Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 12:23pm

Oh thank you, Susannah! Because of your blog, I've just watched Pharell Williams' Happy video Impossible not to be joyful dancing around to that. xx

The Gardener Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 12:52pm

What a poser, Susannah. Have you not got one of your own somewhere? Been propping up my suicidal friend (she's been at it a long time, poor thing, still here - but terribly negative). I nearly joined the club last night after 5 awful days. I looked at the statistics, my age group comes top - one of the causes 'despair and lack of hope'. Songs? Think of loads, but one to fit Susannah's criteria? In the morning listen to Radio 4, good but not cheering. Local programe, Tendance Ouest only seems to have 4 songs. To cheer - Sally Ally hymns? I adore Edith Piaf's Milord - but as my particular lord is behaving like a tyrant might be a bit double-edged. Would settle for 'lord of the dance', lovely rhythm, played really loud to drown Mr G's morning moans and cheer Nurse on to her next patient.In fact, my feet are tapping - can't dance, two busted vertebrae. To end the day, Moon River

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 6:50pm

Oh Gardener. I'm so sorry that you are in such a difficult place - tremendous pressure on your head and your back. Moon River is an excellent one to end the day - so dreamy. Audrey Hepburn singing? When I first read your reply, I thought you were suggesting that I was a poser! My wardrobe would suggest otherwise. I now realise that you were referring to the question!

Paul Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 12:56pm

A song guaranteed to make you smile is Elvis singing are you lonesome tonight. The version where he starts laughing whilst singing. His backing singers carry on as normal. Listen and try not to smile.

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 6:51pm


Maria Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 5:29pm

Hi Susannah! Thanks for such an uplifting blog. I've really enjoyed listening to different songs this morning. I like James Brown's "I Feel Good": It always gets me up and moving. I hope everyone has a swinging day :)

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 6:51pm


Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 6:51pm


The Gardener Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 9:02pm

Third try - keep wiping stuff - Susannah, how could I accuse you of being a 'poseure'! Horrendous evening, crunch point near. Comfort here, and eldest son pix of Shire horses and triplet lambs to one of their rare breed ewes. I am clinging to the sanity of reality.

Susannah Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 9:14pm

Gardener - I'm sure that all of your friends here are sending you warm thoughts. Try and get some sleep. Without wishing to sound trite, tomorrow is a new day, and it may bring some sunshine, and will certainly get you closer to fixing your back. Very best wishes. Susannah xx

The Gardener Tue, Mar 8th 2016 @ 9:11pm

A bit of lovely silliness to finish a tough day, When I go to the other house I transfer the phone.from THIS house. I've picked up four different coats today to cope with bitter wind. Need mobile phone as alarm. Can't find it - have to phone it and run all over the shop, literally, to find it. Light relief next 2 days, tax man and MOT. Over and out.

the room above the garage Wed, Mar 9th 2016 @ 2:55pm

I'm late to the party! Ditto, Bring me Sunshine. It feels as much about will as anything else. Thank you Susannah X.

Susannah Wed, Mar 9th 2016 @ 5:43pm

Well you were my inspiration!

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