It's been a little bit of a mellow week, except for the baseball excitement of course, but there always is room for musical happiness. I'm a big, fat music fan, in case you hadn't yet noticed, and I get an uninterrupted 40 to 60 minutes of musical joy every morning through my daily exercise habit. Here is a sampling of some of the songs that propelled my heart rate this week. It's a fun group, if you ask me. First, I was charmed, as I usually am, by the beloved Matthew Sweet. Matthew Sweet is nothing short of genius, and I'm so happy I picked up his Sunshine Lies CD at Canterbury Records in Pasadena this summer.
Some songs I can listen to over and over again, and often do, like Jackie DeShannon's "Breakaway." Admittedly the lyrics of that song are a bit horrifying, but it's still a lot of fun. And I change the words of the last verse in my head to give the song's "narrator" better self esteem.
The Essex Green's "Rue de Lis" is a gem I discovered on iTunes. I stumble upon the best stuff there.
Sometimes an old favorite can be a perfect exercise tune, even if it's a little down tempo, like "You're All I Need To Get By" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. What a gem. And "Mr. Brightside" by the Killers is one of the best jogging songs ever. Plus, it's really fun to sing.
Then there are the Bangles. It's funny, I pretty much hate all the Bangles' big hits, but I still consider them to be one of my favorite bands. You can credit my love of their 1982 self-titled EP on IRS records. Any day I hear a song from that record is a good day.
Frankly, it's a wonder I ever suffer from bad moods, given that I start my days with music and an endorphin jolt. I do manage to be crabby on occasion, but I really think my morning routine helps to keep that in check. I should write a self help book all about happiness through cardio and the hit parade.