Day 3 — A song that makes you happy
In general, most music makes me happy. Otherwise, why would I listen to it? Occasionally it doesn’t, but those moments are few and far between.
The song above, Uptight (Everything’s Alright) — Stevie Wonder, is a Motown classic if there ever was one. Upbeat, major chords, repetitive chorus, love, and a rhythm that could make a quadriplegic stand up and dance.
Motown in general, 50s and 60s soul, is exhilarating. After stumbling through my iTunes for 5 minutes trying to choose a song that made me the most happy, I was reminded of a Motown playlist I created some months ago. 10 songs that can, with rare exception, get my toes tapping.
Choosing one was difficult. In fact, if I was faced with the same question 10 minutes later I would probably come up with a different answer. This one seems to embody the themes of the rest, in some respects at least.
I have seen Stevie Wonder in concert (followed thereafter by Jay-Z), and the man might as well still be 16. How he managed to keep his voice so fresh after 50 years of performance is probably a testament to both his natural talent as well as his indomitable work ethic.
It was 100 degrees in the dark when I saw him, and he was on stage, with the lights beating down on him. How anyone could survive, let alone thrive, is beyond me.
PS Wilson Pickett’s Land of 1000 Dances was nearly chosen. I encourage who has not already graced their iTunes with soul, to do so immediately and without hesitation.