How To Smile (Even When You Don’t Feel Like It)

1) Surf YouTube — I cannot begin to tell you how happy I became when I found this nostalia-laced video on YouTube. After spending most of the day hooked to my computer via headphones and listening to chapter upon chapter of a Saharan tutorial on the “awesomeness” of Microsoft Word 2007 (their quote, not mine), I was desperate to experience a little joy. And, then, like magic there was Sonny and Cher…

2) Scroll Through Your iTunes Library — now that I no longer have a car, I’ve been missing the many hours I’d spend cruising the freeway with my stereo at full tilt listening — and singing at the top of my voice — to my favorite songs.

Taking a break from “How to Merge Files,” I started scrolling through my iTunes library, headphones cranked up, clicking on MP3s, willy-nilly, and suddenly I, and my imagination, were speeding through the desert at 95 m.p.h. belting out songs. Here are the names of some that made me soar:

  1. Sloop John B (The Beach Boys)
  2. Make Me Smile (Chicago)
  3. Don’t Be Cruel (Cheap Trick)
  4. Respect (Aretha Franklin)
  5. Fun, Fun, Fun (The Beach Boys)
  6. You Should Be Dancing (The Bee Gees)
  7. Cumbia del Sol (The Blazers)
  8. Rock and Ree Ah Zole (The Bobettes)
  9. Wasn’t Born to Follow (The Byrds)
  10. On the Road Again (Canned Heat)
  11. Sweet Little Sixteen (Chuck Berry)
  12. Fortunate Son (Creedance Clearwater Revival)
  13. Runaround Sue (Dion and the Belmonts)
  14. Love Me Two Times (The Doors)
  15. Express Yourself (Dr. Dre)
  16. You Belong to Me (The Duprees)
  17. Searchin’ (The Coasters)
  18. Yellow (Coldplay)
  19. I Only Want to Be With You (Dusty Springfield)
  20. Pump It Up (Elvis Costello & the Attractions)
  21. Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)
  22. Farmer’s Daughter (Fleetwood Mac)
  23. Every Time You Walk In the Room (The Searchers)
  24. Baila Me (The Gypsy Kings)
  25. Dreams (The Cranberries)
  26. King Porter’s Stomp (Benny Goodman)
  27. Get Up Offa That Thing (James Brown)
  28. Dallas (Jimmy Dale Gilmore)
  29. NY Pycho Freylekhs (The Klezmatics)
  30. Take This Waltz (Leonard Cohen)
  31. Cumbia Raza (Los Lobos)
  32. Darlin’ Be Home Soon (The Lovin’ Spoonful)
  33. I’ll Take You to the Candy Shop (50 Cent)
  34. I’m a Soldier of the Army of the Lord (Lyle Lovett)
  35. Dedicated to the One I Love (The Mamas and the Papas)
  36. Let Me Blow Your Mind (Missy Elliot)
  37. Across the Universe (Rufus Wainwright)
  38. Love Letters in the Sand (Pat Boone)
  39. Can’t Truss It (Public Enemy)
  40. We Are the Champions (Queen)
  41. Comme Facette Mammeta (Renzo Abore)
  42. I Met Him on a Sunday (The Shirelles)
  43. Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In (The Fifth Dimension)
  44. Too Much Pork for Just One Fork (Southern Culture on the Skids)
  45. Cakewalk Into Town (Taj Mahal)
  46. Joy to the World (Three Dog Night)
  47. It’s Hot in Here (Nelly)
  48. Wild Thing (Tone Loc)
  49. Theme from Sponge Bob Square Pants

This was a very self-indulgent post and for that I apologize. But it sure was fun! I hope you can relate.

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