It is Monday morning and it’s time to despise the clock, down some caffeine and write up that overly ambitious weekly todo list. It is time to rummage through the clothes bin to find the least wrinkled dress. It is time to review the weekly calendar to determine what insane new projects your boss has lined up for you. A quick perusal of the emails make you wonder what new excuses for missed deadlines will your team members make.
The cable morning news shows alternate between being all chipper about the country’s doom and gloom and being outraged. The local news channels switch quickly from reporting on 10 hurt in drive-by shootings to reporting on a saved kitty licking its paws. It is enough to give one a case of the Monday blues.
Music can help one get past those blues by helping transport us to a different world as well as providing inspirational and aspirational words to consider. They can also raise ones ire and provide a new focus for sadness.
Here is this week’s playlist for the blues.
1. “Just Another Day” by Oingo Boingo. Sometimes you just need something a little nutty melody to set the tone for the day. Catch the live version of this song, it is fabulous.
2. “Stuck in a Moment” by U2. It plain old moves you inspirationally. Get unstuck. Move on. The lyrics start off by reminding one:
I’m not afraid
Of anything in this world
There’s nothing you can throw at me
That I haven’t already heard
3. “O Lonely Soul, it’s a Hard Road” by Mary’s Danish. A song about the blues can sink you deeper in a funk, but probably for just a few seconds. You can’t but help belting out a few notes and thus lifting your spirits up along the way.
4. “Heartless” by Kanye. It is a very angry song and it gets your ire going. As he notes “In the night, I hear them talk the coldest story ever told…” Although just released a few years back, there are about 18 different covers of it. Despite his attitude, it is a good song and has a nice walking beat to it.
5. “Goodbye to you” by Michelle Branch. It’s a song about loneliness, moving on, letting go and standing on one’s own feet. Ever since it was played in a key Buffy the Vampire Slayer Scene, I have been hooked. The lyrics note:
Of all the things I’ve believed in
I just want to get it over with
Tears form behind my eyes
But I do not cry
Counting the days that pass me by
6.”When you were young” by The Killers. Just a good dose of reflection and soaring melody.
7. “Born to run” by Bruce Springsteen. Just an aspirational song that makes me want to go on a road trip and throw caution to the wind. After hearing this song you feel the day ahead is filled with hope.
8. “Starships” by Nicki Minaj. Makes you want to run down the middle of the street dancing and shouting. After hearing this you want to strut into the office and stand up on the desks taking on the world. Then let’s go to the beach!
9. “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes. Fist-pumping song that gives you a directive, along with a psychedelic video:
I’m gonna fight ‘em off
A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back
10. “Happiest Girl” by Depeche Mode. Hey if Depeche Mode can be happy…just saying.
11. “Try” by Pink. It actually makes me a little sad but you just have to get up and try.