Cheer the fuck up!


Abr 10 2007, 16h27

I occasionally suffer from mild bouts of depression, sometimes seasonal, sometimes situational, always from a bad attitude.

I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner, but I just started a playlist that includes any tune that cheers me the fuck up. Artists, genres, instruments, singers; it doesn't matter, just so long as the tune passes the test: It cheers me the fuck up.

I've found working on the playlist when depressed to be somewhat daunting, so I recommend doing this when you're feeling good, if you want to try it yourself.

Caring for my Mom during her last years, I noticed music seemed to totally cut through her dementia/Alzheimer's, and subsequently noted several research articles on Alzheimer's that made good mention of music's effects on patients.

Pure joy (which, for me, includes music) seems to nullify or bypass the stultifying intellect which is, after all, only a means of conveyance.

The upshot: I was walking around my old college stomping grounds, visiting Boston for a Photoshop conference. The town was the scene of my complete dissolution in the '70's; humiliation and discouragement my biggest memories of the town, even 30 years later.

I fired up my CHEER THE FUCK UP! playlist on the Pod, and within a few minutes my mood lightened and I was back in the present (just as music had seemed to do for my Mom in her last year). Thanks to the playlist I could access other memories of some of my humbler but more durable accomplishments from my bad old days in Boston, put the past to rest and enjoy the town.

ps i decided to take advantage of's Insert tag, so here's my CTFU playlist (I'll keep adding to it; it's tedious work):
Ain't That Peculiar
Latin Lovers
Busy Child
Tinsel Town
Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung


  • amerpie

    So what songs are on the lis?

    Dez 3 2007, 2h53
  • F_Hole

    Remember this is only what cheers me up (format is Title/Artist): Ain't That Peculiar Marvin Gaye This Is The Moment Dave McKenna Shine Wondermints Latin Lovers Lee Ritenour Got To Give It Up (Part 1) Marvin Gaye Kicks Paul Revere & The Raiders Empty Heart The Rolling Stones Busy Child The Crystal Method Tinsel Town Ronny Jordan Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung The Flaming Lips Florida Room Donald Fagen Rock-A-Bye Basie Buck Clayton Evening Dance Yellowjackets Tuva Jeff Lorber Dancing On The Stars Duke Ellington Hanid Coleman Hawkins Main Stem Duke Ellington Walkin' On The Sun Smash Mouth Once In A Lifetime Talking Heads Boobs A Lot The Fugs Cousin Dupree Steely Dan Jive At Five Count Basie & His Orchestra Aki And Ukthay (Brother And Sister) Ahmad Jamal Montevideo Duke Ellington Rifftide Coleman Hawkins Ghosts Dirty Vegas Orange Colored Sky Nat King Cole Boperation Fats Navarro & Tadd Dameron No Matter What You Do Love They Live In the Sky William Orbit Island Life Michael Franks A New Avenger Nelson Rangell Forward Emotion Pieces of a Dream Be Cool The Rippingtons - feat. Russ Freeman Oh, Marie Louis Prima So Nice Wondermints Hankerin' Horace Silver Swerve Pieces of a Dream Omaha Moby Grape Gon Gong Cannonball Adderley This Is New Chick Corea On the One Gerald Albright Sunday Coleman Hawkins Wish It Would Rain Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. Slowly Shelly Manne A New Day Michael Lington Starlight Nelson Rangell Teahouse On The Tracks Donald Fagen Breathe Télépopmusik Russian Hill Jellyfish In The Blue Of The Evening Tommy Flanagan I Want To Take You Higher Sly And The Family Stone Cellophane Wondermints The Music Goes 'Round And 'Round Louis Prima Hypnolove Wondermints Flipside Jeff Lorber Good Day Sunshine The Beatles Afternoon In Paris Kenny Burrell Love Walked In Sonny Stitt Big Sur Gil Fuller & Dizzy Gillespie Someday My Prince Will Come Miles Davis Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee Dizzy Gillespie China Boy Bechet-Spanier Big Four I Wanna Stay Home Jellyfish Back Beat Johnny Hodges Jeannine Cannonball Adderley Gigabyte Jeff Lorber The Fez Steely Dan The Nervous Track (Yellow Mix) Nuyorican Soul Sonnysphere Sonny Rollins On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) The Wynton Kelly Trio Guess I'm Dumb Wondermints Modern Life Brian Culbertson Sunday Ben Webster Show Me the Way Gregg Karukas Eple (Original Edit) Royksopp Somebody Help Me The Spencer Davis Group Uptown Eric Marienthal Maria Coleman Hawkins Think The Rolling Stones Wingapo Bob James Baby's Coming Back Jellyfish Oz Yellowjackets Long Ago And Far Away Benny Carter I Live for the Sun Jeffrey Foskett Strike Up the Band Sonny Stitt With a Song In My Heart Benny Carter Start Me Up The Rolling Stones If I Were You Hoobastank Home to You Gregg Karukas Postcards Yellowjackets What Is This Thing Called Love? Charlie Parker Billy Boy Miles Davis Mood Swing David Lanz Kid's Stuff Eric Marienthal The In Crowd Jeff Lorber On Stage Wynton Kelly Look For the Silver Lining Chet Baker Slippin' and Slidin' (Peepin' and Hidin') Little Richard Walk Into the Sun Dirty Vegas Brotha Man Kem Out Of Nowhere Coleman Hawkins Fly Away Lenny Kravitz De Do Do Do, De da da Da The Police Pedro Blanco Peter White Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin

    Dez 4 2007, 17h17
  • amerpie

    The very first song I though of when I read your piece was Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles. I'm glad you had it on your list. Good choice! Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads. Just about everything by the Talking Heads cheers me up. Too bad Byrne turned out to be such an asshole. I Want To Take You Higher - Sly And The Family Stone. Ah, just thinking about Sly brings a smile to my face. There's nothing wrong with radio rock. Thus Start Me Up The Rolling Stones is a wonderfully righteous choice. De Do Do Do, De da da Da - The Police takes me back to high school, a time where everyone neded to cheer up through all the teenage drama. A few of my favorites are: Flatt and Scruggs - Foggy Mountain Breakdown Country Road - James Taylor (the live version) Jackson - Johnny Cash and June Carter Moondance - Van Morrison People Get Ready - Eva Cassidy I Ain't Scared of Your Jail - Pete Seeger Your Flag Decal Won't Get you into Heaven - John Prine You Shook Me all Nigh Long - AC/DC Longer Boats - Cat Stevens Riding In My Car - Bruce Springsteen Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkel I'm Gonna Tell God - Gibson and Camp Up on Cripple Creek - The Band

    Dez 5 2007, 3h10
  • F_Hole

    I had a 45 RPM single (yes, I'm that old) of Flatt and Scruggs - Foggy Mountain Breakdown which, along with The Fugs' - Boobs A Lot, helped keep me out of the standard prepubescent suicide mode during Jr. High. Foggy Mountain Breakdown, however, will always sound a dark note for me as I can't help but associate it with the film Bonny & Clyde which, in my early adolescence, was a very confusing movie for me. At that time in history few American movies produced so many shocks for the masses; Faye Dunaway's stunning boobs, Warren Beatty's nicely played homoerotic- based impotence, and of course the shoot'em up ending which hastened in the era of exploding blood squibs. This was all shockingly new for most filmgoers way back then.

    Dez 5 2007, 16h11
  • Bopvito

    anything by Slim Gaillard puts a smile on with some high degree of reliability.

    Abr 15 2010, 15h28
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