Last month, I made myself a new CD to listen to in the mornings while I make breakfast. I love to listen to music while I cook (and pretty much any time at all, but especially while I cook), and I'd been cycling through a bunch of CDs that had bouncy, upbeat tracks, but I'd spend time every morning walking over to the CD player to skip to a cheerful song. And then I decided that was ridiculous, and I should just put all those songs on one CD!
Sometimes it takes me an insanely long time to realize obvious things.
So anyway, I have been loving my new "morning mix," and I decided today I would try to share it with you! Only not all 22 songs at once. I thought I'd break this up into 3 or 4 posts, and find all the songs on YouTube when possible, and then you could bounce around to cheerful music too :-)
Or raise your eyebrows and look askance at my musical taste. It happens. I'm used to it.
The very first song is called "How Great" and performed by this Christian group called Branches Band, which sang at our church a few months ago. I bought four of their albums, I liked them so much! Alas, this song isn't available on YouTube, but you can check out their website here and their YouTube channel here. It's a bouncy, praise-ful song that involves a ukelele, and I really wish I could share it with you.
The second song is the theme from a movie called Bandolero! written by Jerry Goldsmith. I love whistling, I love westerns, so yeah, makin' me happy.
Next is Bobby Darin's classic rendition of "Mack the Knife." You knew Bobby would be here, right? This is my absolute favorite song he sang, so here it has to be.
Then we have this peppy remix of a little-known Elvis song, "A Little Less Conversation." I love songs with complicated, difficult lyrics, which this has in spades. Also, this song makes me dance. Perfect for draggy mornings, as long as I remember to put my coffee cup down before I start to dance.
Up next is one of my favorite Piano Guys songs: "What Makes You Beautiful." I have come up with secret lyrics to this, known only to me, and so trite and silly that if I told them to you, you would probably stop following my blog. But anyway, it's a bouncy, happy song.
Last one for today is "Good to Go" by John Corbett. I don't remember anymore how I found this song, but it was back in Wisconsin. I think I stumbled on his album at the library or something. Anyway, although it's got a few Roman Catholic overtones I mildly object to, I love the message of being thankful for your life.