Happy Sounds

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Happy Sounds :)

I've always been attracted to music from another era, particularly the era of disco. The era of the Jacksons. The era of Watergate and the fight for women's' rights and the protest against the Vietnam War. The era of the bellbottom. Pop songs were bubblier in the 1970's. "Happy Sounds :)" is the name of my Jackson 5 playlist, because every time I hear tiny little 8-year old Michael Jackson sing about love, something just feels right in the world. Listening to that playlist on the way to class, I feel like I'm more aware of how beautiful sunlight is as it shines through the leaves on North Campus, creating a mosaic of dappled light, how happy bees are buzzing around my head, and just how wonderful life is in general. If that's not the point of a feel-good song, I don't know what is.

Beyond the Jacksons, I particularly love Earth, Wind, and Fire's funk sound, all serious guitar licks and spunky melodies. Earth, Wind, and Fire is what I imagine my entrance song might be into a disco club. The Supremes will always hold a special place in my heart (my mom's favorite album) and after seeing Jersey Boys this summer, I am obsessed with The Four Season's 1975 album Who Loves You. Chicago is also a favorite as is Donna Summer and of course, the inimitable Stevie Wonder. For when I'm walking with a particular skip to my step or am just in the mood for a full fledged, sweaty, hair flinging, feet stomping dance party, here are my favorite disco-era songs:

Who Loves You - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Come and Get Your Love - Redbone
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
Saturday in the Park - Chicago
Baby Love - The Supremes
Shining Star - Earth, Wind, and Fire
Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede
Bad Girls - Donna Summer
December, 1963 (Oh What a Night) - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
The Love You Save - Jackson 5

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