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May 12, 2004

Top Ten Feel Good Songs

OK Guys, I have had 3 or 4 months straight from Hell. For a variety of reasons I won't go into, this has been one of the toughest years of the wild ride I call my life. The news is depressing, I'd like to write something incredibly profound about what happened yesterday, but to be honest... there are no words left.

And I just can't do it right now. So I'm doing what I usually do when I'm down - blasting the CD player at full volume.

Which leads me to... a diversion. I know when I'm blue, there are certain songs that never fail to pick me up. What are your top ten, kick ass, feel good songs - the ones you play when you need to be reminded why you're alive? That it's OK just to close your eyes and let the music wash over you -- to feel your heart beat and wallow in sheer, not-a-bit-guilty pleasure in just being on this planet?

Because it's OK to mourn and to be angry. But we also need to remember why it is that we're alive, because we have a lot to be thankful for.

Bring it on.

- Cassandra

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This list will change every few seconds, and is limited to "Feel Good" songs, whatever that means, and not that anything is wrong with that:

Shine - Henry Rollins Band
Lie to Me - Jonny Lang
Pink Houses - Mellencamp
60 Acres - James McMurtry
Fins - Buffett

There is 1/2. Promotional Tease - other 1/2 after the break.

Posted by: KJ at May 12, 2004 10:24:36 AM

That's OK - mine changes all the time too. I have a few old favorites, but I'm still working on my list in between calls and the inevitable flood of "you've got to help me - it's an emergency" emails.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 12, 2004 10:30:33 AM

Well I'll throw a one-sy out there:

'You Shook Me All Nite Long' by AC/DC

A song with absolutely no socially redeeming value, but I've always loved it, and it never fails to lift my spirits.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 12, 2004 10:39:53 AM

Dear Customer,

I am in receipt of your emergency e-mail. I will call you to assist. Please be at your desk between 12noon and 5 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Posted by: KJ, customer service rep for Cass' business at May 12, 2004 10:44:37 AM

I know how you feel. Here are a few of my favorites...

Tequila - the Champs
Wipeout - the Surfaris
Bright Side of the Road - Van Morrison
I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

I'm sure I'm forgetting some good ones...

Posted by: Valerie at May 12, 2004 10:49:57 AM

Hi Valerie!

I don't know that this will make my list, but since you brought up Van Morrison (one of my favs) I've told the Unit I want this song played at my funeral:

Whenever God Shines His Light

An awesome song - it could make a dead man believe.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 12, 2004 10:54:57 AM

Sittin' on the dock of the bay-Otis Redding
Are you reelin' in the years?-Steely Dan.
The guitar riff in that one is awesome.

Stand By Me-Ben E. King
Sultans of Swing-Dire Straits
Dancin' in the Moonlight (who is the artist????)
There is a song by the Beatles...I can't remember the name of it, but I know all the lyrics..."there are places I remember..."

Tears in Heaven-Eric Clapton

Sometimes you need a good cry.

Posted by: Cricket at May 12, 2004 11:55:11 AM

We know the world is evil. That is why we are there...here is a hug and know that when you are weary, others are getting their second wind. Take a breather, eat some chicken soup and a green salad and SHUT OFF THE COMPUTER for a half hour and detach.


Posted by: Cricket at May 12, 2004 11:59:25 AM

These are the Days - 10,000 Maniacs
Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac (or the Cranberries!)
Baby, Baby - Amy Grant
Fire on High - ELO
Great White Buffalo - Ted Nugent

Posted by: Cowboy Bob at May 12, 2004 12:05:04 PM


I think it's "In My Life" by the Beatles, and I think? the band on Dancin' in the Moonlight is King Harvest (boy is THAT a blast from the past)

Ok- these are just what I currently listen to when I'm down. As KJ said, the list changes. And I cheated in a few places where I couldn't decide:

These are in no particular order - just as I pulled out CD's:

1. You Shook Me (All Nite Long) AC/DC

2. I Won't Back Down/Free Fallin' - Tom Petty

3. Love Letter - Bonnie Raitt

4. Come to Me - Bonnie Raitt

5. Second Guessing - Jonny Lang, although Lie to Me is right up there too

6. Boot Hill - Stevie Ray Vaughan

7. Ain't Wastin' Time No More - Allman Bros.

8. Broken Hearted Savior - Big Head Todd & Monsters

9. Photograph/Hysteria/Animal - Def Leppard, almost could have picked the whole CD

10. The Road I'm On - 3 Doors Down

11. (Yes I'm cheating) Sweet Child of Mine - either Guns n Roses or surprise! Sheryl Crow's cover

I also for some reason have some rather depressing songs that cheer me up - who knows why. They're not rockers though -

Skating Away - Jethro Tull
Between a Laugh & a Tear - John Mellencamp

Posted by: Cassandra at May 12, 2004 12:08:19 PM

Thanks Cricket :) That's why I didn't come back last nite - you wouldn't have wanted me around.

I got back late and was in a Black Mood.

I always told my sons that being happy is a decision, and you guys are the best antidote to being unhappy I can possibly imagine.

I haven't even looked at the pictures from last nite, or watched the news. Right now, I just can't deal.

I rather liked "I Won't Back Down" for a topical song, given current events.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 12, 2004 12:14:59 PM

Cassandra, this is guaranteed to get many reponses. Maybe after a couple of these you won't be just a 'Flappy Bird' anymore.
Here goes:
Thunder Road (Bruce Sprinsteen)
Tunnel of Love (Dire Straits)
Cowboy in the Jungle (Jimmy Buffet)
Mexican Radio (Wall of Voodoo)
Higher (Van Halen), should be 'Jet Noise' theme song!
Rose of Cimarron (Poco or Emmy Lou Harris, you choose. My wife and I both love this song.)
A Dream Goes on Forever (Todd Rundgren)
Life in Wartime (Talking Heads)
Lawyers, Guns and Money (Warren Zevon)
and last
Free Will (Rush)
List subject to change without notice.

Gosh, does this list make me an old fogey. I don't think any of these songs are newer than 20 years old.
It's a good thing there is no one like Snarkette at this website like on Scrappleface, to rudely mock me. Heh.

Posted by: DOn Brouhaha at May 12, 2004 12:15:40 PM

I'm the one who should be worried - she seems to have it in for me... can't imagine what I did to tick her off. I don't know Snarkette well Don, but she doesn't seem to go after clever, good-looking guys like you :)

Just don't tell her about this place and I think you guys'll be safe. Although she seems pretty sharp - she may find it on her own.

And I'm OK with being a Flappy Bird - I find that whole thing mildly amusing. I'd like to attract more smart people for you guys to play off of in the comments section, but unless the quality of writing improves soon, that may be a bridge too far.

Old fogies are the best kind.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 12, 2004 1:07:26 PM

Like all exteemed members of Congress, I reserve the right to revise and extend my remarks.

Hello it's Me - Todd Rundgren
Ramble On - Led Zeppelin
Down by the Waterline - Dire Straits
Cheeseburger in Paradise - Jimmy Buffett
The Pleasant Pheasant - Billy Cobham
Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die - Jethro Tull
John Barleycorn Must Die - Traffic
Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf
Skinny Little Boy - Alex Bevan

No particular order.

Posted by: purple raider at May 12, 2004 1:09:47 PM

Oh boy oh boy!
Falling out of my head

Communications Breakdown - Led Zepplin
Surf City - Ramones version
This Must Be the Place (Naiveelody) -Talking Heads
Should I Stay or Should I Go - Clash
Wood Chopper's Ball - Woody Herman
New York, New York - Sinatra (except after Yankee wins)
I've Got the World On A String - Sinatra
Summerwind- Sinatra
What A Wonderful World -Joey Ramone's version
Street Fighting Man - Stones
Blackbird - Beatles

When do I hafta stop?

Posted by: spd rdr at May 12, 2004 1:29:00 PM

Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin

Giant Steps - Taj Mahal

Little Floater - NRBQ
more to come

Posted by: spd rdr at May 12, 2004 1:30:51 PM

keep it goin' I'm loving it so far.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 12, 2004 1:40:54 PM

Georgia On My Mind - The Incomparable Ray Charles
Pappa's Got A Brand New Bag - The Godfather of Soul, MISTER JAMES BROWN!
Green River- Creedence
Jessica - Allman Bros.
Walk of Life - Dire Straits
Cherry Bomb - John Mellencamp
Eh, Petite Fille - Clifton Chenier
House of the Gods - Pogues
Surfer Girl - Beach Boys

Posted by: spd rdr at May 12, 2004 1:51:21 PM

Definitely 'Born to be Wild' Steppenwolf

'When the Levee Breaks' Led Zepp

"Green Grass and High Tides" Outlaws

"All I Want/Something's Always Wrong" Toad the Wet Sprocket

"Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" Neil Young - I suspect I could have put way more Neil on this list, but my Young CD's are in the house.

"girl like that/argue" Matchbox 20

Posted by: Cassandra at May 12, 2004 2:02:23 PM

What I Like About You

Posted by: Cassandra at May 12, 2004 2:07:51 PM

When I am feeling a little blue, happy happy songs just piss me off. So I will list some of my favorite songs.

Telegraph Road--Dire Straits

Levelland--James McMurtry

Out Here In The Middle--James McMurtry

Windfall--Son Volt

Vancouver--Reckless Kelly

Long Way Home From Anywhere--Bruce Robison

Ranches and Rivers--Joe Ely

Buffalo River Home--John Hiatt

Have a Little Faith in Me--John Hiatt

Heart of Gold--Neil Young

Posted by: Pile On® at May 12, 2004 2:18:07 PM

Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young
Tainted Love -Soft Machine?
MightY Quinn - Manfred Mann
Dead Flowers - Stones
Take the "A" Train - Duke Ellington
Magic Bus- The Who
Blinded By The Light - Bruce Springsteen
RC Cola And A Moon Pie - NRBQ

Posted by: spd rdr at May 12, 2004 2:21:04 PM

What are you Doing Hanging Round - Mike Nesbith
Like a Hurricane - Neil Young
Doctor Wu - Steely Dan
The Nightfly - Donald Fagan
Fly by Night - Rush
Bridge of Sighs - Robin Trower
Jack You're Dead - Joe Jackson
Roundabout - Yes

Posted by: Some other guy at May 12, 2004 2:28:55 PM

There are two kinds of songs that cheer me up - the first are the ones that grab you and make your heart race, because I have a tendency to overthink Life. They're a way of saying, "turn your mind off and just live for a few seconds".

The second are kind of gloomy songs with a wry twist: I call them the self-conscious depression songs. Because being depressed really is kind of pathetic when you get right down to it. So many people have it worse off - when I'm down, those kinds of sarcastic songs remind me not to take my issues too seriously. But hey, that's a whole 'nuther list for me -there are so many good songs like that.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 12, 2004 2:38:39 PM

Like a Hurricane and Bridge of Sighs - almost put both of those on my list, some other guy :)

Posted by: Cassandra at May 12, 2004 2:41:44 PM