Friday, March 27, 2009

Old School Friday: I had a bad day

Okay, I had to think hard about today’s Old School Friday theme: “I had a bad day.” There really isn’t one song or singer or genre I listen to when I need to be pulled out of a funk. Just what tune is required depends on just how funky I feel and the specific brand of funkitude that I am plagued by.

So, I scrolled through my iPod with the intent of identifying artists and songs that make me happy when I hear them. Here are a few:

Stevie Wonder “Superstition”

I love early Stevie—mostly pre-mid 1980s, when he went kind of middle of the road. There is something about his music that makes me feel good and nostalgic for my 70s childhood. This song reminds me of tooling around Gary, Indiana, newly emerging as a “Chocolate City,” in the back seat of my parents’ brown Monte Carlo.

Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream”

I like Dolly Parton—always have. She’s so shiny and bright and over-the-top—unabashedly herself. She seems like she’d be a real hoot if you met her. And if you were feeling poorly, she’d invite you in for some down home cooking and then try on wigs and sample makeup and nail polish with you, while dishing and laughing really loud.

Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight”

Can you feel sad while singing, “bang, bang boogie, say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie to be”? Oh, I think not.


Lady C said...

Tami, I just lurve myself some Stevie Wonder. Always have, and always will. We grew up together. I'm just kidding.

A good friend got me hooked on Dolly, and I have loved Dolly ever since. I was even persuaded to watch her weekly tv show. DP just seems to be a down-to-earth person, no matter who she is with or where she is.

I don't know much about the Sugar Hill Gang, but If I ask my kids they can school me.(lol)

soulafrodisiac said...

Another different approach - nice!

I have always been a fan of country - especially Dolly Parton and my by Kenny Rogers! I can't take the watered down business being offered today.

CLASSIC ALERT: Sugar Hill Gang - hello!

postpostracial said...

I went with a Stevie song for OSF, too--"Don;t You Worry Bout a Thing." That one always pulls me out of whatever funk I'm in--job related or otherwise.

Hagar's Daughter said...

Dolly & Kenny duet is a gem. Hope your work week is stress free.


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