Songs to make you smile
At work I find music really helps my mood. And when it’s dark, wet and cold what’s called for is something bright and sparkly, with plenty of warming pace. Two types have really fitted the bill over the first week or so of January: 1920s popular tunes, and 1970s disco. It’s probably a good job I have headphones as I can’t see my workmates enjoying either, but I’m not making any apologies. If Ray Miller’s Orchestra performing ‘Red Hot Mama’ or Boney M giving ‘Ra Ra Rasputin’ their all can’t make you smile, nothing ever will.
Is it a co-incidence both summon up images of sparkly outfits and serious dance skills? I think not.
I keep forgetting to take my iPod into the office – I really ought to charge it before my next trip to the gym – so have been making do with YouTube, and there’s a surprising amount of 1920s and 1930s music on there, as lovers of vintage music have been keen to share their collections. Often they’re backed with art and photos from the era, which livens things up even more. A bespangled flapper with a bottle of champagne is a gladsome sight! This is one of my favourite channels.
Record label (is that still a term?) Past Perfect have also put full playlists from some of their CDs on YouTube, which I’m a little surprised at them doing, but perhaps they find it encourages people to buy the CDs. I have a number myself.
At home I’ve been listening to vintage radio dramas again – everything from early 80s police show Detective (my Tivo box records it automatically) to Jeeves and Wooster and Peter Wimsey mysteries. Filling my ears with vintage is clearly a good thing!
So, what tunes are brightening up the January gloom for you?