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Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music

What is it about some songs that just make you smile? The weather outside could be raining — or even worse snowing — and your tire could have just blown on your way to work where you are already running 10 minutes late and then out of the radio speakers comes a song that just makes it seem like it can be alright.

For three to five minutes it’s like there is a peaceful escape on a still very real level, with lyrics singing as though they were meant just for you on that exact moment — “Don’t worry, be happy.”

I truly admire the musical talented and even more so those that are able to write a song that can fit any mood; my iPod is full of playlists of those people. On the weekend’s it’s my dance jams, on summer drives it tends to be country and a playlist has even been created to lull me to sleep each night with soothing acoustic guitars and even smoother voices to serende me into my dreams. And there are surplus amounts of songs out there than can turn a rainy day in to sunshine. My playlist for days like those would sound something like this:

-Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves
-Footloose by Kenny Loggins
-Settlin’ by Sugarland
-She Got the Honey by Mat Kearney
-Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days
-A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
-God’s Gunna Cut’em Down by Johnny Cash
-Best Laid Plans by Syd
-Mr. Jones by Counting Crows
-Roll to Me by Del Amitri
-Dance Your Life Away by John McLaughlin
-Colorful by Rocco DeLuca
-Power Happy by Con Bro Chill
-Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men
-One Shot by O.A.R.
And of course Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby Mcferrin

These are just a few of the songs currently filling up 80 percent of my iPod and of course there are a slew of others out there that can get the foot tapping and the grin forming at any given moment. It’s been said music is the souls food, something I see as true. Even during those rainy, all-around bad days, music can bring you back to the light. Because after all, “life isn’t about waiting for the storm to’s about learning to dance in the rain.”