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Monday, March 9, 2009

Possibly America's new theme song, definitely mine

I have a lot to say about a lot of things but I'm waiting for some kind of outcome/resolution... so in the meantime, I've been breathing deeply, reflecting and trying to keep from banging my head against a brick wall. There was a breaking point this weekend and one of my all-time favorite jams came to mind.

My old friend Scooter (she of "half-n-falf" and "MY Alan Thicke?" fame) & I used to exchange mix tapes throughout high school & college. We both like a wide-range of music and on any one tape there would anyone from Lionel Richie to Pearl Jam to Bad Boy Bill (back when all his stuff was underground). One of the first tapes she sent me after we went away to separate state universities had Father MC/Jodeci's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" on it, and I couldn't play that song enough. I have it on my iPod now and have been using it as my mantra.

It seems these days, what with the incessant reporting on the state of the economy, unemployment and all the other stress-factors, America needs a theme song. I would love for Obama to start playing this at the top of every press conference & public address. If NPR, CNN & Fox News would replace 6 minutes of their chatter about how things around us are falling apart with this song, I really feel like it would help instill some small seed of confidence that things will eventually turn around. Getting pegged in the noggin all day & night with negativity takes a toll.

So here it is, my gift to you. I hope if you have something eating away at you (be it the economy, your job or anything else causing you stress) that you can get Jodeci's voice--the hook of this 1992 gem-- in your head and let it play over & over when you feel your blood pressure rising. Sometimes you just need somebody to tell you that everything will be okay, and if they invite you to dance it out in the same conversation... even better!

Breathe. Everything's gonna be alright.

See ya moving baby, yeah
And you're lookin good, said you're lookin fine
Everything's gonna be alright, yeah
Let the music take control of your body tonight
Whoa, everything's gonna be alright, it's gonna be alright
Let the music take control of your body tonight


Gene said...

Awesome. I actually had to quit following the news. No NPR, no newspapers, no news websites, no television news at all. It's been two and a half weeks for me.

Kat said...

After your RT Tweet this totally made my day and I dread mondays :) so thanks for sharing Jules.

dk said...

To hell with the doom and gloom - "ain't nuttin' what I could do aboud it."

So I'll curb my spending, pay my taxes, and look forward to spring planting. It seems to me that this is at least the 3rd recession that I've been through in my lifetime and my life's been pretty good.

Spammon said...

Thanks for the flashback. Did you ever listen to Naughty By Nature's song Everything's Gonna Be Alright? It was one of my favorites in 1991. Also my first Parental Advisory album I ever bought. I thought I was going to get carded since I was only 15 and they would call my parents.

House of Jules said...

@Gene: Lucky! We listen to NPR all day at work, and I don't have any control over that. However, I haven't watched the actual network news in, maybe, 10 years. Woo hoo!

@Kat: You're welcome, sista!

@DK: You're right, life is good!

@Spammon: Oh MAN, did that track take me back to my senior year! You know I was carrying around my O.P.P. binder. Or at least I wish I was.