Do you have a song that you play when you need cheering up? Every writer should have one. Or ten.
And please keep in mind that I come from a karaoke-singing, Rock Band-playing family. We sing these songs loud with the music blaring, and they always chase disappointment away.
Here are my top ten pick-me-up favorites:
1. Cry To Me by Solomon Burke
"Well, here I am, honey. Oh, come on, you cry to me." I smile as I sing along with this one. Who wouldn't? Solomon Burke could sing me the telephone directory, and I'd be happy.
2. Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding.
3. Bring It On Home by Sam Cooke
4. Get Over It by The Eagles.
5. Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones
6. It's A Long Way To The Top by AC/DC
7. Here We Go Again by Whitesnake
8. My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelley Clarkson
9. The Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin
10. I'm Not Crying, Business Time, Think About It or anything by Flight Of The Conchords. Hilarious. Love you Jemaine and Brett!
What songs make you happy?
But on those days when I want catharsis and to wallow in sorrow and open a metaphorical vein-
Whiskey Lullaby by Brad Paisley
"She put him out like the burning end of a midnight cigarette.
She broke his heart. He spent his whole life trying to forget.
We watched him drink his pain away a little at a time
But he never could get drunk enough to get her off his mind, until the night
He put the bottle to his head and pulled the trigger."
Hurt by Johnny Cash
"I hurt myself today,
to see if I still feel.
I focus on the pain,
the only thing that's real."
Oh, ouch. Ouch! Maybe my problems aren't so bad . . .
What are your so-sad-they're-good songs?