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A song you listen to when you’re happy. I’m pleased to say that even though I have a vast depressing-music collection, I had a long list of contenders for this one.

When I’m happy I like to sing loudly and bounce around. Robin totally stole one of my contenders:

So that one was disqualified. Thanks a lot, Robin!

Then there’s this one.  I LOVE singing this song.


A few minutes ago my mother (on the phone) said “It’s cold here,” and AT THAT INSTANT J5’s Frost the Snowman came on.  Whoa, just whoa.

I love love love singing this one as well.

I love that a song with the line “crushed like a bug in the ground” is one of my happy songs.

But, this one is the happiest of the happy.

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A song that makes me sad? 65% of my music collection is depressing.  This one took a lot of thought.  I have a playlist on called Depression.  It’s part of my 5-stages-of-grief series I’ve mentioned before.

There are a lot of sad songs that sometimes don’t hurt – like Radiohead’s Black Star which I think is one of the saddest songs ever recorded, but I also get to belt it out, and belting feels good.  Same with Ben Harper’s Walk Away which usually feels terrible, but also reminds me of being a camp counselor so there’s good in that.

There is no happy in this:

Now, if we’re not talking about pop, or indie pop, or anything that would be on the radio.  It’s definitely Amazing Grace on bag pipes.  It’s played at funerals in my family and gets me every time.  I know this is common, but we’re actually Scottish.

Just for the record, I had to stop this 30 seconds in because I started to tear up – yeah, it’s that bad.

Here are the other two I mentioned:

Wow, this post was hard.  I need to go back to the songs that make me happy because my heart feels heavy now.  Even Oliver, the dog, looks depressed.

picture of Oliver the dog

He prefers The Shins.



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