Have you been outside yet today? It’s so nice! Sunny, breezy, just brushing 70 degrees—sure, the factors leading to this pleasantness are probably not all that great, and apparently rain’s going to come and wash away this pre-Daylight Savings Time reprieve pretty soon (note graphic at left), but for now, it’s all sunshine and light jackets. However, if you’re reading this post, you’re probably stuck inside for at least a couple of hours—maybe even until after the sun sets. What can help? Music! Below, six songs that you can put on in an effort to turn the fluorescents flicking above your head into Vitamin-D-supplying sunshine. And feel free to contribute your own suggestions in the comments!
Tiger Trap, “Sour Grass”
This too-short-lived twee quartet have a slim discography, but it’s chock-full of songs that can brighten even the most dour of rooms—particularly the title track from their 1995 EP Sour Grass, which has an opening riff that sounds like a sun coming out from behind a cloud.
Janet Jackson, “When I Think Of You”
FACT: The breakdown that begins around the 3:27 mark is the most pure expression of joy in all pop music.
De La Soul, “Saturdays”
Skates, not blades.
The subtle key shifts make the weather evoked more partly sunny than full-on bright, but there’s a playground-swagger appeal to Jenny Toomey’s vocal performance that evokes a very specific feeling of long days when the only worry I had involved putting on sunscreen at the right moments.
Chuck Mangione, “Feels So Good”
Of course, if you had a childhood like mine, this song could also make you feel like you’re inside watching hours and hours of Swap & Shop. (It was the Craigslist of its day.)
Tom Tom Club, “Genius Of Love”
Elsewhere on the Internet, I have a Twitter feed that tracks songs being blasted out of cars that drive by my apartment in Astoria. If I cheated, I could have included this track, which blared from a car speeding along 21st Street as I walked out of a doctor’s appointment. (Also, Twitter’s been acting really weird today. Maybe it, too, is trying to tell you to get off the Internet and get into the sunshine!)