Smiles in Music, Songs that lift my Spirits
I love music; have for longer than I can remember. Can't play a lick, but I have performed a bit. I've written about it beginning in college regarding a place we would go to feel better about ourselves. I wrote about Music. My Professor gave me an A, although she also said I was supposed to write about a literal place; a physical place. Well, to me music is literal; it is physical. I can visit whenever I choose without going on a long trip. It is always there, waiting for me.
I have written hubs on favorite songs, groups, men and women of song. I have laid out songs that uplift me and more. Today, I will write about songs that just make me smile. It might be a chorus, a turn of a phrase, a voice. Who knows, but they make me happy. I pray you enjoy them. Take care friends.
I love unusual voices; voices that stop me in mid-stride and force me to take heed. This is different! I love it! This Irish lady, Dolores O'Riordan, is just such a force. Her voice is amazing, so very unique. Just hearing her on this song, and the rapid fire drums backing her up just makes me smile. Now, I do not claim to have any idea what the video is supposed to say; I just enjoy the song itself.
The Cranberries - Dreams
Queen. Power rock. Power ballads. Freddie Mercury's voice is beyond amazing, but this song just kills me every single time. The visuals I get from the words never, ever fail to bring a smile to my face. At times, I am somewhat embarassed, but what the hell - it's fun!! The lyrics are a riot; Brian May's guitar is pure power, and keeping them in time are Roger Taylor's drums and John Deacon's bass.
Side note - I have an English friend who met Mercury once in a pub in London. He asked him (he told me this) that with all the money he made, why not get his teeth fixed? The answer reminded me of Barbara Striesand. He was afraid it would mess with his voice. Babs refused to fix her nose for the same reason. Moral: don't mess with success.
Queen - Fat Bottom Girls
Long before it was the problem it has become today, Phil Collins and Genesis poked a little fun at being an illegal alien. Watching these guys in their duds and makeup is just crazy. They are also talented, and the only reason to do a song like this is for pure fun. So, smile: and enjoy the life of an illegal alien in 1983.
Genesis - It's No Fun Being An Illegal Alien
Wierd Al Yankovic has done some of the greatest parodies in history. Eat It; Badder; Like A Surgeon; Smells Like Nirvana; Another One Rides The Bus; I mean really. He's a genius! Well, sorta. One thing is for sure, he's made a mint off of other people's songs.
But this one, he kind of ticked off the artist who released the original. Al thought he had permission from a phone call to Coolio, but Coolio doesn't remember it that way, and got pretty mad. Al apologized, and I'm sure some money changed hands along the line somewhere. This song and video just crack me up; and the fact that Mrs. Brady herself, Florence Henderson is featured just puts it over the top.
If you don't like this, I might have to get medieval on your hiney!
Wierd Al Yankovic - Amish Paradise
Okay, I admit it. I'm a closet Cyndi Lauper fan. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is such an upbeat, happy song that I cannot help but smile. But for me, the Cyndi song I enjoy the most is from the wonderful movie The Goonies. Good Enough is so fun and the video is so crazy that it never fails to bring a smile to my face.
Cyndi Lauper - Good Enough
Tom T. Hall, the old storyteller, has some of the best songs. Ballad of Forty Dollars and Clayton Delaney are just flat out good, but for fun the song One Time I Spent A Week Inside A Little Country Jail is the best. The words paint such a picture and I cannot help but laugh. When I think of that jailer's wife bringing that hot bologna, eggs, and gravy for breakfast and dinner every day it tickles my funny bone and I smile. And the thought of her waving from the window as he leaves is priceless.
Tom T. Hall - Week Inside A Little Country Jail
Timbuk 3 was a one hit wonder some years back. Chances are you have never heard of them, but I will bet you know their one hit, The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades. What an upbeat, happy song that leaves you with a smile. The beat is so catchy, and who doesn't love a harmonica solo?
Bobby McFerrin, that master of vocals, dispays his magic in this masterpiece. I do not think there is a more talented man in the music industry, at least one who actually plays his voice like an instrument. Every note in this song is him; his voice is incredible. Enjoy, and Don't Worry, Be Happy!
Oh, and the fact that he has Robin Williams in the video adds fun to it.
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy
In closing, I hope you have smiled once or twice here, but if not perhaps this final one will do it for you. The classic voice of Nat King Cole, and the classic words and music of Charlie Chaplin. Who would have ever thought that the greatest silent film star of all time could have written such a wonderful song? Whenever I hear it, I do exactly what it tells me to do: smile. So go on and smile.