Krissie: Mud Season Moods

Photo on 2013-04-04 at 10.05 I have no idea why I look so surprised. Maybe because I feel so funky. No shower except sponge bath for a looooong time, and the pool is holding some sort of intramural meet in the afternoons so I have the choice of writing or swimming.
Writing trumps it.
I forget what I ate yesterday. I thought I kept track but apparently I didn’t, and I forgot to eat dinner. Screwed up my back and took a pain pill and nibbled. Well, nevermind. 222.9 this morning. But it’s warm and glorious today and I go see my therapist and I’ll work things out.
I traditionally get depressed in the spring. Always have — that’s why they first put me on Prozac. Since my nephew died in the spring (March 13) that’s thrown the usual cycle out of whack. And I’m NOT depressed — I just got over a clinical depression. But I’ve got a case of SADD going on. Funny that it hits me when weather is getting better.
So, outside in the sunshine it is. And the weather will keep getting better, so that will help. And I really really want to figure out how to get down to NJ again. And the stranger who inhabited my son is still around — it’s about two months now. Weird as hell. He ain’t perfect, but man, he’s so sweet and thoughtful.
So, okay. Netdiary. Watch my back (literally). Enjoy the sunshine. See my shrink. Play the radio really really loud (maybe make a happy list).
Aha. We’ve talked about this before but I see no playlist on my ipod to reflect it. I need happy songs for a Cheer the Fuck Up Play List. I made one thirty years ago when I was dealing with infertility (I tended to cry my way to the doctor and back listening to dirge-y music).
First song — “Wouldn’t it Be Nice.”

Yeah, I know, we’ve done this dance before. But it’s easier to ask again than go searching, and besides, a whole ‘nother year of music has passed.
So, guys, give me happy songs for a Cheer the Fuck Up playlist.

46 thoughts on “Krissie: Mud Season Moods

  1. Tricia Halliday says:

    Proclaimers ‘I would walk 500 miles’
    Can’t think of anything else right now but that song always makes me feel good.

  2. Carol-Ann says:

    Two that always make me smile (and dance around my kitchen) are from Gotye’s Making Mirror’s album – In your Light and I Feel Better.

    Hope the SADD lifts soon.

  3. Maine Betty says:

    Talking Heads: Take me to the River
    Black Eyed Peas: Tonight’s gonna be a good night
    Beatles: I want to hold you hand, She loves you, Lovely Rita, Meter Maid, Twist and Shout.
    Simon & Garfunkle: Feelin’ Groovy
    Any, in fact all, of the Mozart opera overtures.
    What the heck, The (entire) Marriage of Figaro is pretty good stuff. He had a big, kind heart.

  4. Librarian Betty says:

    “Today is the Day”– Apollo Sunshine

    “Sunshine Highway”– Dropkick Murphys

    “Steal My Sunshine”– LEN

    “I Feel Lucky”– Mary Chapin Carpenter

    “All Fired Up”– Pat Benatar

  5. Carol says:

    “My Life Would Suck Without You” Glee version or Kelly Clarkson version – either will work for your purposes.

    “She’s Crazy for Leavin'” Rodney Crowell

    “Walkin’ in Memphis” Mark Cohn

  6. Deb says:

    “Tonight Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae
    “Gives You Hell” by All American Regects
    “Raise Your Glass” by Pink
    “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
    “Live for Loving You” by Gloria Estefan
    “Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars
    “Defying Gravity” from Wicked
    “Killer Queen” by Queen

    Hope you start feeling more perky soon.

  7. The Beatles: Here Comes the Sun
    The Turtles: Happy Together
    Sam Cooke: Wonderful World
    Johnny Nash: I Can See Clearly Now
    Israel Kamakawiwo’ole: Over the Rainbow
    The Drifters: Up on the Roof
    Four Seasons: My Eyes Adored You

    These lists say a lot about how old we are, don’t they? 😉

  8. Office Wench Cherry says:

    Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

    I love the Marc Cohn version of Walking in Memphis. The Lonestar version should be locked in a vault somewhere and left there.

    Now I wish I’d brough my iPod to work.

    Lots of the Glee-ified versions of songs are really upbeat and fun. And they usually make no attempt to be like the originals. I like their mashup of Halo and Walking on Sunshine, very peppy.

    Elvis. Buddy Holly. One of my favourites is a blues song by LIttle Milton called Grits ain’t groceries. The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

    Nina Simone’s Feeling Good.

    When I’m really blah I like to listen to AC/DC and Aerosmith, something about the tempo gets me going. The entire Dirty Deeds done Dirt Cheap works. I have a bad habit of driving around with Problem Child playing at unholy volumes.

    I have varied taste in music.

  9. Jane Doe says:

    Be forewarned, I have eclectic taste, but these are all songs that make me happy for one reason or another:

    “Heart of Steel” – Galactic (feat. Irma Thomas)
    “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye
    “Fire Bug” – JD McPherson
    “Going On” – Gnarls Barkley
    “You can’t force a dance Party” – Dent May
    “Happiness” – The Weepies
    “Something More” – Sugarland
    “In these shoes?” -Kristy MacColl
    “Road Runner” – Imelda May
    “Paradise City” – Guns N Roses
    “Push it” – Salt N Pepa
    “Stronger (what doesn’t kill you) – Kelly Clarkson
    “You are the best thing” – Ray LaMontagne

    Songs for people who don’t mind dirty content & curses:

    “Conceited” – Remy Ma (this is a rap with bad language so it will not be to everyone’s taste, but it makes me feel awesome and powerful because it’s all about being a strong, amazing woman.)

    “Grow a Pear” – Ke$ha (…about boys who we can’t be bothered with because they’re missing a certain….something. I laugh out loud every time I hear it. STILL ! But it’s graphic, so proceed with caution)

    “Spicy McHAggis Jig” – Drop Kick Murphy (almost anything Drop Kick Murphy makes me happy but since this is about a well endowed Scottish man who likes his women big and lusty, I can’t resist it when I need a lift)

    “I love you” – Tila Tequila (ok, the language is TERRIBLE…REALLY, REALLY TERRIBLE….and it’s kind of an angry song but it makes me laugh so hard. I had it on my racing play list when I ran a half marathon, and it came on during mile 12 and I literally started to laugh and it was so perfect for getting me through the pain and exhaustion I was feeling. She’s pretty much threatening that anyone who is with her better treat her right or she will destroy them…viciously and painfully)

    “I wanna sex you up” – Color Me Badd…a throwback for sure, but it just puts me in such a good mood. It’s not good to have stuck in your head on your way into the office though.

    “Snakes on a Plane” – Cobra Starship. Pumps me up and has Samuel L being fed up with the “Mother F-ing Snakes on the Mother F-ing plane”! It’s like mystery science theater 3000 as a song. Come on Bring it!

    And of course, you can’t underestimate anything from “Flight of the Conchords”:

    -Hurt Feelings (Tears of a Rapper) (the day after my birthday is NOT my birthday, MOM!)
    -Business Time (And you know when I’m down to my just socks…it’s time for business, that’s why they’re called business socks!)
    -The Most Beautiful Girl (in the room)

  10. Could go back to childhood and sing “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands,” or “The wheels on the bus.” : )

    I absolutely love the music from Abba. In fact I’ve been known to watch the movie, Mama Mia, just to cheer myself up.

  11. Jane Doe says:

    Oh and I wanted to mention “Sun Comes up” – John Legend too
    It’s so feel good. (and not on the bad language list)

  12. Jennifer.nennifer says:

    Nan already said three of mine, so I will add

    “Walk, Don’t Run” Ventures
    “Axel F.” (The theme from Beverly Hills Cop)
    “Classical Gas: Rhino Hi-Five

    And with lyrics:
    “Closer to Fine” Indigo Girl
    “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” Queen
    “Fun, Fun, Fun” Beach Boys
    “La Bamba” Ritchie Valley

    Yes, I do have my ipod with me, what tipped you off?

  13. “Firework,” Katy Perry
    “Everything, All the Time,” Styx
    “Fooling Yourself,” Styx
    “The Good Catches Up,” Gowan
    “Shake It Out,” Florence + the Machine
    “All You Need Is Now,” Duran Duran
    “Life is a Highway,” Tom Cochrane

  14. may says:

    Oh! I just remembered Just Can’t Get Enough by Depeche Mode. That song always makes me smile. I also really liked the Nouvelle Vogue version of that song.

  15. Actually the very first time I heard “Feeling Groovy” I burst into tears, because I was so unhappy. I had a rough teenage/early adult time.

  16. I love all of these.

    Depeche Mode: Personal Jesus – I love that song. I always want to dance when I hear it. “Reach out and touch faith”

    Marvin Gaye: Got to Give It Up – 11 minutes of the best dancing.

    Everything but the Girl: Missing – there’s just something about this song and again I want to move when I hear it.

    Cupid: Cupid Shuffle – it’s a line dance and so much fun. There’s videos on you tube that teach it to you.

    Marcia Griffith: Electric Boogie – look another one that makes you get up and move. Plus you can do the Electric Slide to so many songs.

    TPain: Apple Bottom Jeans – another one that makes me want to move. This one you’ve gotta ignore the lyrics but at least there’s no bitch or anything.

    Christina Aguilera: Beautiful. This one just always makes me feel good.

    The Archies: Sugar, Sugar. Again I want to move and this one just makes me smile.

    Kelly Clarkson: Walk Away – I like the anthem feel to it.

    Tommy James & The Shondells: Crystal Blue Persuasion – another one that just makes me happy.

    Anna Nalick: Breathe (2 AM) – a great song

    Tommy James: Draggin’ the Line – another must move song.

    Edison Lighthouse: Love Grows – love pop. It always cheers me up

    Tommy Roe: Dizzy – it just makes me think of that being young and in love/lust.

    Natasha Bedingfield: Unwritten – another one that feels like an anthem to me. “Staring at the blank page before you Open up the dirty window Let the sun illuminate the words That you could not find.”

    Sheriff: When I’m with You – just because

    Bad Finger: Baby Blue – just because again

    Beach Boys: Sail in Sailor – really pretty much any of their songs will do it, but I really love this song.

    Okay, I want this playlist now for me!

  17. pamb says:

    Wouldn’t It Be Nice is Ern’s & my song. 🙂

    Some of my Can-make-me-smile-even-if-I’m-sobbing songs:

    Bob Seger’s Give Me That Old Time Rock & Roll

    Steve Early’s Fearless Heart

    Johnny Cash’s A Boy Named Sue
    (I have no idea why, but this always makes me laugh outloud. Something about the way he says it. “My name is SUE. How do you DO?”)

  18. HJ says:

    Some excellent suggestions already, to which I will just add:

    Mmm-bop by Hanson. Sounds like sunshine and happiness!

  19. I play happy music for my students. Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammar is favorite and so is Hall of Fame by the Script.

    Off topic. I read Breathless. Thank you for that. You’re one hell of a writer. Also I pictured that dude who played Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter as Lucien. I’m that simple that the name sounded similar and so that’s who I pictured please don’t be offended. 😉

  20. This one might seem out of left field, but I love this song and it fits all the criteria for this list.

    1) Gets you moving.
    2) Says screw you to the world trying to get you down.
    3) Has a positive message.

    My 13 year old got me into these guys and I admit it, I’m hooked. My sister says I’m reliving my youth. 🙂

  21. EmmaKatz says:

    I am seeing some great suggestions from others. The following help me when I am down
    Dog days are over Florence and the machine
    Seconding previous suggestion for Walkin on sunshine Katrina and the Waves
    Trash by The Bobs this is on my cleaning house list cracks me up every time
    He hates me by Sarah Johns contrary to the title this is wicked funny
    Rock and Roll Band by Boston
    Popsicle Toes by Michael Franks
    Soak up the sun by Sheryl Crow
    My Shoes by the Bobs

  22. julianna says:

    Small is Tremendous by Zoe Lewis. Every song on that CD is an upper, although I especially love “Snow White.”

  23. Kelly S says:

    Repeats from above: “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” by the Proclaimers, which just started playing on pandora as I’m typing this and listening to it, and almost any Abba song

    Moore St. Girls by the Elders (plus many others)

    One Week – by Barenaked Ladies

    Jump, Jive and Wail – Louie Prima

    Seize the Day – Carolyn Arends

    “In the Light” and “Personal Revolution” – Charlie Peacock

    Zoot Suit Riot by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

    “The Happy Song” and “Shout to the North” by Delirious?

    Happy Day by Fee

    Do ya by Michelle Tumes

    Something Beautiful by the Newsboys

    Dive by Stephen Curtis Chapman

    Healing Begins by Tenth Avenue North

    “We are the free” and “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman

    And we danced by The Hooters

  24. Chris S. says:

    “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot.

    And I second “Raise Your Glass” by Pink. Love that song.

  25. Sally Mettlesome says:

    “Only in Miami” sung by Bette Midler – has happy music and I make up lyrics to the happy music to acknowledge my less than ideal reality, just like the original song does:

    “Only in Miami, is Cuba so far away” is the origninal…
    “only in Vermont, is New Jersey so far away…”
    Worked for me in the past.

  26. Kate (the G kate) says:

    The JCB Song. Ask Alastair who does it, I’m clueless and I can’t look it up because there is a puppy on my lap and I don’t want to displace her!

    This Aint No Thinkin’ Thing Trace Atkins

    Let it go – Tim McGraw

    (If you like country.)

  27. Max Xavier says:

    Anything by the Coathangers, but especially “shut the fuck up” and ” Dont touch my shit” Punk, strong women, funny ( explicit) lyrics. WIN!

    “Outside” by George Michael ( although I admit part of the cheering up part is watching him in a cop suit..)

    “Hanky Panky” by Madonna

    “Just Like Heaven” The Cure

    “Jerk Out” Morris Day and The Time ( the extended version is hilarious)

    “Erotic City” Prince

    Just to name a few…

  28. Jane says:

    I love song posts – I’m always looking for new songs (or new old songs) for my dog walking playlist. Here are some of my recent favorites:

    The Problem with Saints – 8in8 (Neil Gaiman is always happiness making.

    Airstream Driver – Gomez

    Heartbeat – Kopecky Family Band

    Ocean Open Wide & Being Borned Again – both by Hoots & Hellmouth

    Emmylou – First Aid Kit

    Galahad – Josh Ritter

    Ends of the Earth – Lord Huron

    Not all of them are peppy, rah-rah songs, but they all make me feel good with great sometimes subversive lyrics or a “move forward” beat.

  29. Isn’t it though? I love “Maybe it’s not my weekend, but it’s going to be my year.” These guys are just pure fun.

    And I forgot to give the band and song name. It’s All Time Low with the song Weightless.

  30. H says:

    Paul Simon – Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

    Blondie – The Tide is High

    Ok Go – White Knuckles (the video features really smart, well-trained dogs – go watch it)

    anything by Paul Westerberg, but especially Waiting for Somebody

  31. Micki says:

    Oh, I’ll be coming back here and exploring some songs (-:.

    I’ve been making some playlists lately, and I have to say my number one happy songs come from the B-52’s — especially Love Shack and Roam.

    I also like me some Steven Page (formerly of Bare Naked Ladies) — cheerful and playful album that also talks about depression. I’m going to choose “A New Shore” as my favorite of the happy songs. Even though the peppy, bouncy music has a certain amount of ambivalency, “I’ve set a course for a new shore (it looked the same as the one before).” Eternal optimism.

  32. I totally agree with Deb and “Tonight Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae (I’m about to go download it since she reminded me of it).

    And with Dayle and “Shake It Out,” Florence + the Machine. It’s a great song for telling SADD where it can go.

    And now, the two I can’t believe I’m admitting in public: Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” Every time I hear it I see the scene in The Replacements where the football players are dancing in the jail cell.

    And finally, the song we all know the words to (but won’t publicly admit)… Barry Manilow’s Copa Cabana. Seriously? How can you not love that song? It’s so bad and 70s and an ear worm with a happy beat. It may be my family groaning when I put it on that makes me happy, but by the end, we’re all dancing around the house.

  33. Mary Anne in Kentucky says:

    After seconding Marriage of Figaro I must mention

    NRBQ’s “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with Me!”

  34. Kathryn says:

    Rickie Lee Jones – “Chuck E.’s in Love”
    Vampire Weekend – “Holiday” (okay the lyrics are crazy, but the beat just gets you moving)
    Ella Fitzgerald – “Too Darn Hot”, “You’re the Top”
    Tish Hinojosa – “In the Real West”
    CSN&Y – “Teach Your Children”
    Eurythmics – “It’s all right (Baby’s Coming Back)”
    Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings “This Land”
    Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin – “Sisters are Doing it for Themselves”
    FYC – “She Drives Me Crazy”
    Mavis Staples – “We Shall not be Moved”
    Phoenix ” “Lisztomania”

    And some suggestions from your neighbors to the north:

    Jill Barber – “Chances” (
    The Good Lovelies – “I Want” (
    Ashley MacIsaac – “Sleepy Maggie” (
    Feist – “1 2 3 4” (
    Old Man Luedecke – “Proof of Love” (

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