sweet music: soothe me and lift my spirit

sweet music: soothe me and lift my spirit

This is sort of a follow up to our Power of Music essay a couple of months back.  In that essay, we talked about instrumental music.  Today, we offer some songs with singing.

This essay is for the young and for the young at heart.

Music can lift your spirits and improve your mood.  I may not have liked the piano lessons my mother insisted that all her children take during elementary school days, but I have always enjoyed listening to music.  As a young child in the 1960s, I can remember the songs that were on the radio at the time, such as Light My Fire by The Doors, and Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones.  Last night, while sipping (really drinking) some quality Kentucky bourbon whiskey with water, my mood was improved by listening to some songs we share with you below.  (We also listened to some great instrumentals.)

It has been a very difficult winter for most of the US and Canada.  But, as you can see each day, the sun is getting higher in our northern skies.  Before long, the sun’s warmth will melt all the snow (with perhaps some areas of flooding) and then bring out the spring flowers. Women will shed their winter clothes and wear spring time fashions.  (What ever happened to wearing dresses in the US?  Why do so many women wear pants type outfits?  Bring back spring and summer dresses.)  Then, by late spring, say in late May when temperatures are warm to even hot, we will see the young women in their swimsuits.  And, for those who care to look, one can easily see the beauty of the female form.

We share now the lyrics to the song Easy to Be Hard by Three Dog Night.  (Lyrics were found at http://www.threedognight.com/l_easy.html)  A link to the music video follows the lyrics.

Easy To Be Hard

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard, easy to be cold

How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be proud, easy to say no

Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about bleeding crowd
How about a needing friend, I need a friend

How can people be so heartless
You know I’m hung up on you
Easy to be proud, easy to say no

Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about bleeding crowd
How about a needing friend, we all need a friend

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be proud, easy to say no
Easy to be cold, easy to say no
Come, on, easy to give in, easy to say no
Easy to be cold, easy to say no
Much too easy to say no

Listen to it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeXcaRYNlSQ

Help Me by Joni Mitchell is a nice song.  Back in 1974, this song was on the radio every day in the summer.

Listen to it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOEE-kR-Txg 

Pablo Cruise gives us A Place in the Sun

Everybody’s heart needs a holiday . . . .
It’s time to find your place in the sun . . . .

You can listen here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOSHirh0Qzk

Beginnings by the well known musical group, Chicago, is still a great song decades after being released.

You can listen here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWflYSmEXPY

From 1972, we have Go All the Way by The Raspberries.  Caution, this song starts up a bit loud before easing up on the decibel level.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faf1cVKiilg

This last selection we offer with a disclaimer.  We are not advocating sex outside of marriage.  This recent song treats of a woman’s desire for her man.  It sounds nice and the video accompaniment is appropriate for the lyrics.  Rated PG-13 or NC-17.  You make the call.  (We first heard this on the radio and it did sound nice.)

Cathy Dennis sings Touch Me (All night long)

“Let Your Conscience Go.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zARHOHq4W2Q

Enjoy!  And, if you feel the impulse to get up and dance, then do so.  Who is to know?

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