"Hope smiles from the threshold of the new year, whispering, "It will be happier."
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
We are in the happiness business. More than other professions we exist through the good times to help elevate spirits and create lasting memorable moments.
In a perverse way, it is valuable to have your values tested every once in awhile. This year was the closest thing I have witnessed to the great depression of the 1930s, with our collective attitudes as low as they have every been.
Attitude truly is everything! I learned this year how important my positive friends are through stormy waters. I value you all like the gold you are (you know who you are!!!)
This year I resolve to double down on my abilities to entertain, energize and elevate. Happiness is all about the effort you are pouring into your life, your family, your friends, your career and your humongous goals and dreams. Life happens; It will continue to surprise, delight and horrify us as we courageously trudge forward. We get to choose what we will do with it. Nice.
Happy New Year! Here are 5 songs that made me happy this week:
1 - LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS TIME by Barenaked Ladies
This 90s cover of Bruce Cockburn's poignant and tragically beautiful song seems especially poignant this year. I think of all the courageous couples who managed their love plans and navigated through an absolute storm together . Love is bold and courageous as the brilliant lyrics written in this timeless Canadian song.
"When you're lovers in a dangerous time Sometimes you're made to feel As if your love's a crime Nothing worth having Comes without some kind of fight Got to kick at the darkness til it bleed daylight."
2 - NEW YEAR'S DAY by U2
I listen to this song every new years day, not just because it is a nicely cliche thing to do, but because it truly captures the pause and stillness of this profound, white winter day. Specially this year, the words ting truer than ever:
"All is quiet on New Year's Day.
The world is white and underway.
I want to be with you, be with you night and day.
But nothing changes on new year's day."
3 - HELLO GOODBYE by The Beatles
The words of Lennon and McCartney are always brilliant as they seem to capture happy/sad better than most (which is part of what made them such important musical gurus.) This one particularly is all about choosing happiness over sorrow. Feel free to dance around the room in circles over the songs last refrain!
Heyyyyya Heyyy Hey Hoooooooa (HA! HA!)
4 - GET READY by The Proclaimers
The original 60s version of this song by The Temptations is honestly just as good BUT I chose this 90s remake by The Proclaimers as it was part of the brilliantly stupid Dumb and Dumber and it's amazing little accompanying soundtrack.
Listening to this song makes me feel like I am taking a wintery drive to Aspen "where beautiful women flock to and the beer flows like wine."
5 - LANDSLIDE by Fleetwood Mac
This epic 70s ballad written by Stevie Nicks at a crossroads in her life has stood the test of time as one of the greatest songs written about time!
You may know it better by the cover version the Dixie Chicks eloquently performed, or perhaps as the soft Smashing Pumpkins rendition on their 90s b-sides album. No matter which version you prefer, the lyrics are equally stirring as they remind that time is the greatest of forces that pushes us along, whether we resist or go along merrily with it. "Well, I've been afraid of changin' 'Cause I've built my life around you But time makes you bolder Even children get older And I'm getting older too"