Joy to the World . . .

I love that song. I am, of course, talking about the Three Dog Night song, not the Christmas carol. There are a lot of songs like that, the kind you grab a salt shaker so you have a mic and just belt it out while you dance your ass off. And every now and then one pops out of nowhere. I was watching the first episode of The Umbrella Academy, a fairly dour Netflix show about five damaged foster sibs coming home as adults to their father’s funeral, and out of nowhere came Tiffany’s cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Instant happiness and dancing in my bedroom although they really should have gone with the Shondells.

It’s right up there with the Sense8 karaoke of “What’s Going On?” And then of course, there’s this.

So how did you sing with happiness this week? (And if it was a real song and not just general joy, put it in the comments and we’ll get a happy playlist.)

105 thoughts on “Joy to the World . . .

  1. I cranked up “Ugly Heart” to full volume at the traffic lights the other day. It’s such a happy, boppy, screw-you kind of a song.

    Most of my playlist at the moment, though, is more solid stomp-into-the-ground stuff: Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons, Before I Go by Guy Sebastian, Control and Castle by Halsey, I Said Hi by Amy Shark … Good stuff for when you want to kick the hell out of whatever is getting in your way.

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    1. Ugly Heart is a pump song, and on my running mix. I hurt just thinking about it 😂. It’s a goodie.

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      1. It’s funny how workout songs take on certain associations. There’s a couple of songs that make me feel guilty every time I hear them on the radio because I feel like I should be doing sit-ups.

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  2. So much music lately. Some I’m listening to fan fiction writing purposes (a whole playlist but a lot of “We Close Our Eyes” by Oingo Boing0), but the other day I sang “Beautiful Boy” and “Yellow Submarine” to the 10 year old when he woke up in a grumpy mood. Last night I was feeling more folky and I was home with just me and and the kids so we did a lot of Peter, Paul, and Mary. 500 Miles, Puff the Magic Dragon, Leaving on a Jet Plane, If I Had a Hammer, etc. Sing-a-long type music. Finished off with some Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and Nina Simone.

    I’m taking a break from internet-y stuff for a while (recharging the batteries). Everyone have a great March!

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    1. From the early 60’s my husband and I collected quite a few albums. It wasn’t until the 70’s that I realized John Denver wrote Leaving on a Jet Plane for PP&M. He was such a cutey. When our one and only black and white TV would break we would play comedy albums for the kids to try and contain the constant wrestling. Bill Cosby’s stories were a hit, dammit, what an idiot.

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  3. I’ve had Tim Minchin’s song Come Home (Cardinal Pell) stuck in my head for the entire past week, ever since the suppression order was lifted and his indictment was made public. It’s thoroughly enraging, but at least we get to see one child molesting bastard go to prison. I’m not sure if that counts as happy, but cathartic maybe.

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  4. Not a song, but a tv clip, The Nanny, when Niles dances to Risky Business always cheers me up. (ironically I’ve never watched the Tom Crusie film)

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  5. Current WIP is set in 1978 – I love my playlist. And currently working on the bit where my heroine is building up the songlist because she’s developing a drag king act. So far her songs are:

    Britten/Auden, Tell me the truth about love
    Maria Friedman version of Taking a Chance on Love
    Peter Skellern, The Way you look tonight

    And I’ve been dancing around to Chic’s Le Freak, Love is the Drug by Roxy Music and Blondie, Picture This/Hanging on the Telephone.

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  6. Hmmm. Why can’t I think of any names right now? Weird. Probably a Queen song or twelve.

    I wondered if “there’s this” was a Rickroll but it turned out to be the Sense 8 karaoke again. ???

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  7. I have been smashing the tiles on the bathroom floor, and singing “If I had a hammer” (at least until shards of tile get between my teeth). (yes, I have hearing and eye protection, thank you! also banging these tiles out [white 4″ wall tiles, on the floor, really?] is SO GRATIFYING)

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  8. Tom Petty, Tom Petty, Tom Petty! All the stuff they don’t play on the radio. There is a song that they recorded in the super early days, that finally ended up on one of their “slipped through the cracks” albums (might even be called that)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkqN2siO3jI

    Really hard to not belt it out right along with him, and incredibly entertaining lyrics.

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    1. Tom sounds like bob dylan on that one! My mother wanted to marry Bob but I think he’s too dour. I’m going for happy people these days.

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  9. I admit to not a lot of happiness this week. The surgery vs chemo debate still goes on though I am tentatively scheduled for surgery late April. And on our way back from the consult with the surgeon (who is two states over), my Mom called to say my Dad had a stroke and is in the hospital. And the doctors have found a host of other issues so in the hospital he is staying for the near future.

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      1. I hope so, it’s been a long Winter.
        Thanks to everyone for the good thought and vibes. They are much appreciated

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    1. Sounds like you’ve had a real bitch of a week. Sending cyberhugs and good vibes your way! I hope things will improve very soon.

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    2. Ah Phred. I am hoping for good news for you in the future. You’ve had your entire allotment of bad news for the year already.

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  10. I have very different musical taste from everyone else who’s posted so far! My go-to wakeup/pump-up songs lately have been “Uproar” by Lil Wayne, “Feds Watching” by 2Chains, and “High Hopes” but Panic! At The Disco. (My WIP features mobsters, some with hearts of gold, so… Yeah.)

    I also can’t get enough of “I Like It” by Cardi B, ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin (other versions exist but this one’s my favorite). It samples “I Like It Like That” and is really fun.

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    1. I love Panic! At The Disco and “I Like It Like That” (although I’m lukewarm on most Cardi B.) Neon Trees, Walk the Moon, and Ingrid Michaelson is my go to “chore music.” My taste in music is wide rather than deep. 😉
      I listen to the top hits radio when I drive the kids around and sing along. They’re too young to be embarrassed yet 😁

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  11. It’s been a week of happiness amongst the work stuff. Lots of music from the pop to praise and almost everything in between.

    At a women’s conference Friday night and yesterday, spent time with dear friends, so much fun. One speaker shared how she overcomes fear of speaking in public – first put you arms up in a victory pose, then put your hands on your hips “Wonder Woman” style. Apparently that does something to your hormones. Infusion of “I can do anything!” Seriously, try it.

    Best was seeing darling granddaughter do a back flip at a competition. The whole team cheered when she nailed it. She cried, I cried. Pure joy.

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  12. I’m a fan of almost all music in general, but Joy To The World is a particular favorite. I’ve told The Prince if I kick before he does and there’s a service, that song must be played. Naturally he hates it but then he loves They Might Be Giants and the colors of their songs make me nauseous, as much as I want to like them, so what can you do? Bach is my wake up music, unless I need to get moving quickly, then it’s AC/DC or reggae or rap or disco. Nick Cave is a great writing mood setter.

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    1. Oh, the other great musical surprise in the first ep of Umbrella Academy was “Istanbul” during a fight scene. I freaking love that song. Had nothing to do with the fight, but great song. TMBG is the best.

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  13. I’m not hearing-impaired, but I’m definitely impaired when it comes to appreciating anything audio. I thought you were talking about Joy to The World (which I had to look up to realize wasn’t called Joy to the Fishes), so that’s my feel-good, happy song for today.

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    1. Sorry. Brain isn’t working today. We’re talking about the same thing. Shoulda’ known not to talk about music. Ignore me.

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  14. I tried having the radio on while unpacking today, but couldn’t hear it for the crackling of paper as I unwrapped everything.

    Happiest thing this week was getting the front window out, the sofabed in, and the window back as was (apart from touching up with some white gloss along the cut line in a couple of days). I’ve also finally managed to get my TV reconnected to the internet, and sorted a snafu that stopped my email accounts working on Friday.

    And a friend had my Victorian dining table in the end, and seems to really like it.

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  15. The key factor is age – I’ve gotten in the habit of remembering… This week in 1959 (and, yes, I was there) the number 1 song was “Stagger Lee”. Talk about belting it out!

    I can’t function without music!!!!!

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    1. My dad loved the pop classics, lots of Sinatra, so I ended up with some REAL oldies as faves (Sam Cooke, anybody?), and that paid off when my daughter totally impressed the father of the guy she was dating in high school by mentioning Juice Newton. So it’s not so much age, I think, as what grabs you. Juice is lovely, of course, but right now it’s K. T. Tunstall and Lenka for me. Tunstall’s “Ashes” may be my favorite song ever. Although there are o many . . .

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      1. Ahhh! Sam Cooke… From the same year as “Stagger Lee”, “There I’ve Said It Again.”

        And one of my all time favorites – from 1960 – “Chain Gang” – Unnnh!

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  16. After moving I re-discovered my country music collection. I don’t listen to music much but those CDs reminded me of the times when I drove my beloved SUV where they were playing constantly. My favourite is Lonestar’s “What about now?” – when I hear that song, I just have to dance along.

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    1. Oh, country. Patsy Cline and the Dixie Chicks are my go-tos there, although I also have a big Terri Clark fixation–she’s all over Lavender’s Blue–and then, of course, there’s Dolly and Lyle and Brad . . .

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      1. The Long Way Round album by Dixie Chicks was the soundtrack of my 30s, for a number of reasons.

        Not Ready to Make Nice was the background to my realisation that I was in a toxic friendship that I needed to end. How Long Do You Want to Be Loved was the song that I played on back-to-back repeat in the car to get my babies to sleep. Silent House still makes me cry – it summed up everything that was going on with my mum at the time. And Taking the Long Way Round felt like it wrapped up my entire life at that point.

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        1. I love the Dixie Chicks… And I especially *love* that “Taking the Long Way” went to # 1 in the US, even though country radio would not play it.

          But Mary Chapin Carpenter is still my favorite singer.

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      2. Dixie Chicks! I’ve also gotten hooked lately on a Bluegrass band I discovered on a Steve Martin comedy special with Martin Short–apparently Steve Martin plays the banjo, and has played with them often. They’re called the Steep Canyon Rangers, and they’re my current happy place in my car.

        Here’s one of the more humorous ones Steve did with them, entitled “Atheists Ain’t Got No Songs.”
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmwAD7nHqaY

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        1. Steve Martin had a banjo in his act back in the 70’s. Said you just can’t be sad when playing the banjo. Even had a bit about a politician saying “I’d like to talk about …, but first, a little Foggy Mountain Breakdown!”

          Meanwhile, I’ve seen the Steep Canyon Rangers a number of times. They’ve evolved a bit from the bluegrass band they used to be. Now they’re much more jazzy (i.e., improvisational), when they get the chance to let loose.

          My favorite bluegrass band currently is the Gibson Brothers. Here’s one of their earlier tunes:

          https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C2CHBF_enUS771US773&ei=vEh9XIuKCeGk_QbVw7ngBQ&q=gibson+brothers+open+road&oq=gibson+brothers+open+road&gs_l=psy-ab.3..33i299l3.10267.11503..11980…0.0..0.126.777.7j2……0….1..gws-wiz…….0j0i22i30j33i160j33i22i29i30.caYFsy1NOgU

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  17. I have an entire playlist (Spotify) for happy songs, consisting of random tracks I come across, tracks that make me happy and tracks that make other people happy. I ask friends, family and random folks sometimes what song they first think of when they think of a happy song, or what they play to cheer themselves up, and then I add that to the list. So there’s everything from Frank Sinatra to some metal to Pokémon and My Little Pony-songs, to Disney to pop-stuff to…you name it. It’s great for days I’m not in a mood for anything in particular.

    I had no extraordinary happiness things this week, but at least I’m starting to get rid of the anger which is an improvement. I’m a very non-angry person normally, so being annoyed/frustrated/angry totally messes things up for me. I’m also having very very bad nights again and get little sleep, and that doesn’t make me feel exceptionally amazing, so to speak. In my experience, that makes emotions harder to deal with, at least the less positive kind of them.

    However, I had my big brother on the phone yesterday evening and that’s always great. We talk a looot about books nowadays. He has started calling me while on his way home or when he’s out running (goal is some marathon sometime somewhere), and we just babble on randomly for a while until the phone battery runs out or something else calls for our attention. My big brother is awesome. Also, he’s getting married this October, which is definitely a happiness thingy!

    Wish you all a great Sunday, and hopefully a happy and joyful week!

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  18. I loved that “I Think We’re Alone Now” sequence too. I have only gotten so far as episode two (I need to watch other things before they expire first) but that bit sold me.

    Other than that…it’s been a rough week. I got some disappointing/making me damn angry news this week that kind of ruined the mildly happy buzz I had going on previously. But I did take a class in something cool and went to a dance performance last night.

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  19. I’ve been listening to Pachelbel this week. So soothing. But I will admit that the song most likely to have me bouncing, singing along and smiling is Happy by Pharrell Williams.

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  20. I remembered some because I listened to a LOT of wide ranging music. One of the cool things about being South African is that we got a lot of UK, German, Aussie, and Indian media. There were also weekly Portuguese, Greek, and I Italian magazine shows that had short comedy Tv series in those languagesthat followed the lifestyle/news/travel parts.

    So:
    Most of the Gypsy Kings music
    Enrique Iglesias, Bailamos
    Nena, 99 Luftballons
    Alanis Morrisette, Crazy (remake of Seals song.)
    Kavita Krishnamurthy, Vinod Rathod, Karsan Sargathiya with Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje. (I’ve not watched the film it is from.)
    Cypress Hill, Insane in the Brain.
    DMX, Party Up.
    And so much more… this is important because I used to dance to face music daily because I listened to the radio. I’d stopped dancing and didn’t realise it until I started on medication and lo! I started dancing again. We lose so much without realising.

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    1. Almost this exact list was my daily dance party for the longest time too, then medication too… time for music, dammit!

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      1. It is so cool that it means somebody to you too!!! 🙌🏼

        One of the reasons why I love Rock and Metal bands is because the concerts have thousands of voices all singing the same song and it it’s an amazing energy. It’s different from the pop concert vibes.

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  21. I usually have CBC radio on when I’m in the kitchen or crafting. More talk than musicI. n the car, I listen to Spectrum on Sirius XM in the car – combo of older/newer music. DH is the DJ in our house – we’re currently listening to Jeremy Dutcher, a Indigenous classically trained musician who has interwoven lyrics and melodies with songs from elders taken from the National Archives – it’s amazing.

    Joy to the World is one of my favourite songs. Right up there with Sweet City Woman by The Stampeders.

    The temperature is close to 0 degrees today and I lay in bed this am listening to the birds chirp and water drip off the roof – song of spring!

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  22. Hi all,
    I’m trying to find a book I want to re-read, specifically for one passage in the book. Of course, I can’t remember the book. I *think* it might have been a Hilary Mantel novel, and the passage is one where people are leaving a church after service and there is a description of a wet path, with puddles and the sun striking them in a way that makes them look like porcelain dishes, and the path like a set table.

    Sound familiar to anyone?

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  23. Aubrey, my cat, continues to lose weight and was getting weaker and since I refuse to do any invasive surgery or chemo, the vet suggested a specialist in internal medicine and an ultrasound. The new vet, Dr. Franklin, worked with us on that although it is clear that he felt a biopsy was called for and did an ultrasound. Then hit Aubers with a major change in meds. And here we are three days into the new regime and Aubers is moving better and happier. So I started the week singing “leaving on a jet plane” but have been singing the Everly Brothers “Walk Right Back to me this minute” every since Wednesday.

    I have been thinking about music this week. Some of you may remember back in the dark ages (late 50’s, early 60’s) how lots of people raged that rock was barely music, it was primitive, it was so suggestive that it was pornographic. I was listening to Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer” and thinking that while it may be poetic, it is also strongly suggestive. And a lot of Jazz goes right swinging right past suggestive to out right suggestion.

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    1. In my very early teens 13 or so I was at Mass when the priest went on rant about Rock and Roll music, it didn’t stop me from listening or rushing home from school to watch Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.

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  24. I had Bohemian Rhapsody in my head yesterday when I was stacking wood. So I sang the bits I could which amused the guy who was helping me greatly. My kids hate it when I sing so it was nice to be around someone who didn’t mind.

    One of my favorite happy songs is The JCB Song by Nizlopi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQDnFTtr2UQ

    It’s not a bouncy song but it just makes my heart sing. The animation helps.

    The world is treating me nicely this week. And the sun is helping my mood. Plus I’m remembering to turn on my sun light. I’ve decided next time I’m in town I’m buying some vibrant flowers. Those will help too.

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  25. At church today we sang We Shall Overcome and it felt so good to belt it out full of hope and determination and anguish after the UMC general conference decision that left all of us feeling despair.

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    1. We sang All Are Welcome and after leaving Mass, I heard 3 different people whistling/humming it.

      Also, Mass was said by Father Arturo, which was awesome because he’s sort of retired. He was filling in for our regular priest this weekend.

      My current happy music is the soundtrack to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

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  26. Cameo’s “Word Up!” gets me moving.
    Vince Guaraldi’s “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” makes me happy.
    But for some reason, today I woke up singing John Barry’s “Born Free.”

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  27. I’m really enjoying Umbrella Academy. One of my go to feel-good songs was used in a scene with Alison and Luther, Toploader’s version of Dancing in the Moonlight.

    My jam is all over the place; Something So Strong – Crowded House; Ray of Light – Madonna; Feelin’ Alright – Joe Cocker; Everybody wants to rule the world – Tears for Fear; Here comes the sun – The Beatles; Hold On I’m Coming by Sam & Dave.

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  28. A favorite musician of mine died this past week. Peter Tork of the Monkees was an important part of my youth, and I loved the music the group sang. I’m long past that childhood time and I still fiercely adore the music they made then, and still make now.
    I’ve been singing a lot of Last Train to Clarksville and Daydream Believer in my car. But at home alone, I’ve been listening to Shades of Grey on repeat, with damp eyes.

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    1. I got to see the Monkees during one of the reunion tours (late 80’s). It was so much fun. Lots of bounce and energy.
      Peter Tork was my favorite member of the group and was said to hear about his passing.

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    2. Big Monkees fans in our house, too. One summer the kids discovered the show on Nickelodeon – and when we chose a random day to go to Summerfest, without even looking at the schedule, it turned out Davey Jones was playing. Better than Christmas!

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  29. I saw Three Dog Night about 10 years ago or so. (Arturo Sandoval opened for them. He is also amazing!).

    They were very good. It was such fun.

    Also: my song for this week: Midnight Train to Georgia. Although, it wasn’t a Midnight Train to Georgia, but it *was* a Midnight Drive to Texas (from North Carolina–18 hours). And MIL is now living with BIL. God Bless Texas, and BIL. And good luck!

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  30. I watched the whole series of The Umbrella Academy and need to rewatch. When it’s good it’s damn good but then it’s not. That explains my last two weeks.

    But the Tiffany song at the end of episode – brilliance.
    1. You can’t help but dance.

    2. Perfect scene of character development. All of them in their rooms -except Vanya who is in the entry. (There’s a fancy word for that but my depression has taken my fancy words.) The way they dance, the look of their rooms. Love it. Especially when these 7 characters need to be separate identities and soon.

    Which brings me to The Umbrella Academy soundtrack which has been on all week much to the chairgrin of my kids. Good, good music. There’s a great cover of “Hazy Shade of Winter ” and of course the Tiffany song. And TMBG who wrote so many songs I love, Birdhouse in your soul, Ana Ng, Spiraling Shape, Particle Man.

    I found the soundtrack on Spotify and you get 30 free days if you sign up. Hell, I’ll sign up for anything for 30 free days.

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  31. I heard Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen while running errands. Blasted the radio and sang along. I think it took two days to get it out of my head.

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    1. I am now on my fourth replay of Bruce Springsteen singing Dancing in the Dark. It’s all your fault, Robena.

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  32. I haven’t been listening to anything for a long time now, which probably explains my present inertia. But before I let my intermittent voice deter me, I loved to sing along with the Roches. Not only are their harmonies distinctive, but their lyrics were often inspiring. There is a line in Speak that is stuck in my head today, “And while the silence picks on me, I pray to not be dumb.” That’s my mantra for a couple of tricky conversations I need to have in the coming week.

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  33. I read an article in the paper this morning about some people who have created artificial nucleobases that are capable of bonding with the big 4 to presumably create new manmade versions of RNA. To which I was thinking “oh great. Something else to obsess about besides climate change,” but the net result was that I found myself mentally singing Jonathan Coulton’s “That Spells DNA” with all its nucleobase patterns in the chorus. All. day. long. I’m happy the song exists but please can I stop singing it in my head?

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    1. I read a similar article and didn’t understand it at all. I was absolutely befuddled. I couldn’t even tell if it was a theoretical exercise or something real.

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  34. I found it! I found it! “Fludd” by Hilary Mantel. Joy!

    This evocative passage fills me with bliss:

    “But when they left the church, they found that the rain had stopped. A weak sunlight, which itself seemed flooded with water, washed the tree trunks of the carriage-drive. Light glazed the puddles and made them opaque; it seemed that the ground had been set for a banquet, with shallow white china bowls.”

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  35. I liked Umbrella Academy and I’m looking forward to the next season. Has anyone checked out Whiskey Cavalier yet? The first episode was pretty good, and it looks like it’s going to be another team action/fun show like Leverage.

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      1. I wasn’t going to watch it because the marketing didn’t appeal to me. But, I read a review and gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised.

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  36. Thanks for the rabbit hole, Crusie! I just spent an hour watching music videos when I should have gone to bed. Still, I’m smiling.

    It hasn’t been a great week–I’m on day ten of the Plane Plague that Would Not Die, and still feeling crappy. Even went to the doctor, but he told me what I expected–I have a virus, and eventually it will get better. Probably. Urgh.

    On the bright side, I powered through and finished the polished first draft of my next (to be self-published) Baba Yaga novel, which can now head out to my first readers while I get back to work on the nonfiction book I actually have a contract for.

    I’ve always had a particular soft spot for “Walking on Sunshine.” Never fails to make me smile. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPUmE-tne5U

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    1. I had a recent encounter with a virus that lasted for a couple of weeks, so I sympathize with you. But something I did that seemed to help was to gargle with salt water. I thought it was just an old home remedy that had limited use, but there were some online articles that said gargling with salt water helps reduce inflammation in the throat and the salt seems to create an unfavorable environment for bacteria. I was ready to try anything and it seemed to help me. Hope you feel better soon.

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  37. Ugly Heart is a pump song, and on my running mix. I hurt just thinking about it 😂. It’s a goodie.

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  38. Free by Rudimental featuring Emile Sande is great for feel good. Not bouncy, but love it anyway. And the video is fab. Wingsuit flying is right up there on the list of things is love to try, if only the mortality rate wasn’t so high. There’s no old wingsuit flyers.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KDPW_g2AhAU

    And I lived by One Direction.

    For singing out loud, maybe The Killers? Mr Brightside? And This is Me by Keala Settle begs to be sung along with too.

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  39. All week long, travelling to and from work, I listen to WCVE 88.9 FM Richmond Ideas Station, NPR. I get news from all over the world, voter opinions in Venezuela or Zimbabwe, stuff the other local stations never mention. But no music.

    This week I finished re-re…re-reading “Dance of a Lifetime” by Frank Downey. It’s the story of two teenagers who become boy&girlfriends at age 14. The both skate (on ice), and Sophia convinces Warren to become her ice dance partner. 170 chapters and they win the gold at their second Olympics. As ice dancers, they dance to a lot of music, and yes, I have highlighted and right-clicked “search on Google for” a lot of it. Tommy Dorsey. Frank Sinatra. “Singing in the Rain”. “Moses Supposes”. The Beatles. Springsteen. “You’ll be in my Heart.” “Romeo and Juliet” A lot of others. And I admit that I followed links to the a cappella group Pentatonix. I may have played “Hallelujah” four or five times.

    None of this was on my mind while I took the daughter to dinner (Ruby Tuesday) and shopping this evening. I did pick up a DVD – Ralph Breaks the Internet – but we didn’t even turn the radio on the whole trip.

    No one song stands out. Nothing I hummed, even. But there was music. And I liked the choices above. 🙂

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      1. You are most welcome. I Facebook. As such, I follow several interesting/peculiar sites. That was from “A pun a day will make everyone hate you!” And, of course, from Pearls Before Swine.

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  40. One of our local radio stations introduced me to the concept of Isolated Vocals. Search for them on youtube. I didn’t surface for hours. Take On Me, and Total Eclipse of the Heart are particularly good.

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  41. This thread has successfully replaced Tim Minchin with Tiffany, which is something of a relief after the past week. So thank you all for that.

    One of my all time happy songs is the Hot 8 Brass Band’s cover of Sexual Healing. I can’t not dance to it.

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  42. Back in the USSR and Dear Prudence, (only CD in my car right now is the White Album). Katrina and the Waves, Walking in Sunshine. Anything from Singing in the Rain. And any song on the radio I when I think I know the words. Obviously I am biased to oldies.

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  43. My extraordinary happiness was my college friend marrying her high school best friend. So naturally the gang reunited in Texas for the celebration. Half her family is Christian, half is Muslim, and she converted to Judaism. As the rabbi said, “this is a first for me in a number of ways.” I don’t know if it was the joy of seeing my friends again or happy wedding glow, but I had a marvelous, exhausting weekend that felt like it tapped into something deeper that I needed.

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  44. Oh good, you’re watching it. Are we going to talk about it? I would like to hear your rants, ahem, thoughts, on the flashbacks. 😉

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