30 Songs in 30 Days - Day 21

Day 21 - A Song You Listen to When You're Happy

As I was thinking about writing this post, it occurred to me that there are a lot of directions you can go with 'happy' songs. "Happy Together" by The Turtles. "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M. "Happy Talk" from South Pacific. "Only Happy When it Rains" by Garbage. Matt Dusk's "Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad" was a sombre song disguised as two-thirds happy. Heck, Jann Arden had a whole Happy? album, although expressing it as a question puts a different spin on things.

A song I listen to when I'm happy is "What the Fuck Was I Thinking" by Jon Levine Band.

Jon Levine is a ridiculously talented pianist/keyboardist, best known for his work with The Philosopher Kings, one of my favourite bands. He's also a songwriter and producer, both for The Philosopher KIngs and other artists such as Nelly Furtado, Selena Gomez, and K'Naan.

In the gap between The Philosopher Kings' third and fourth albums, he put out his own self-titled solo CD. It's a fun little album — piano heavy, naturally, but covering a wide range of styles. I can happily play the CD for hours on repeat, which isn't common for me.

This song comes from that album. The first time I heard it was played live when Levine's band was one of the opening acts at a Philosopher Kings concert. The song was fleshed out with a longer piano solo and it was just fun. And equally importantly, he was clearly having a wildly-good time playing it, too.

Plus, an appropriately-used swear word in the title of the song? Well, how can that not put a smile on your face?

30 Songs in 30 Days

  1. Your Favourite Song - "American Pie" by Don McLean
  2. Your Least Favourite Song - "Hotel Room Service" by Pitbull
  3. A Song That Makes You Happy - "Legend of a Cowgirl" by Imani Coppola
  4. A Song That Makes You Sad - "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
  5. A Song That Reminds You of Someone - "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
  6. A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere - "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads
  7. A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event - "Say it Ain't So" by Weezer
  8. A Song That You Know All the Words To - "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf
  9. A Song That You Can Dance To - "Babe" by Styx
  10. A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep - "One For My Baby" by Frank Sinatra
  11. A Song From Your Favourite Band - "Unconditional" by jacksoul
  12. A Song From a Band You Hate - "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles
  13. A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure - "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen
  14. A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love - "One" by Metallica
  15. A Song That Describes You - "Still Crazy After All These Years" by Paul Simon
  16. A Song That You Used to Love But Now You Hate - "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
  17. A Song That You Hear Often on the Radio - "1979" by Smashing Pumpkins
  18. A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio - "Dance of the Vulnerable" by Gregory Hoskins and the Stickpeople
  19. A Song From Your Favourite Album - "Gulf War Song" by Moxy Früvous
  20. A Song You Listen to When You're Angry - "Bodies" by Drowning Pool
  21. A Song You Listen to When You're Happy - "What the Fuck Was I Thinking" by Jon Levine Band
  22. A Song You Listen to When You're Sad
  23. A Song You Want to Play at Your Wedding
  24. A Song You Want to Play at Your Funeral
  25. A Song That Makes you Laugh
  26. A Song That You Can Play on an Instrument
  27. A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty
  28. A Song You Wish You Could Play
  29. A Song From Your Childhood
  30. Your Favourite Song This Time Last Year