Eight Songs That Make Me Happy

This is a public service announcement… with guitar.

When I suffered from depression music was always my escape. When I was little it was silly songs. There was this Flintstones album in the public library that I wore out. When I was a teenager it was angry songs. Rock, Metal, Punk. Gangsta Rap. By High School and University I was wallowing in depression with dark songs, moody songs, or just some good old blues. But we’re not going to wallow in it today. Not getting angry. Or being silly. We’re going straight to happy.

woo-hoo

“Woo hoo!!”

We do this meditation in the Buddhist traditions where we wish for people to be happy. We think about people we know being happy. How everyone, all over the world, wants to be free from suffering. And why everyone has a desire to be happy. And then we form the resolution in our minds that we are going to make them all happy with our thoughts, with our actions, with our wishes, with our words

And with our blogs.

Yes Buddha does mention blogs in the Sutras. You just have to find the right translation.

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January 20th, 2017 is fast approaching and we all know what that means. President Donald Tr… I still can’t say it. So it’s easy to let it get you down. But I say screw that.

These songs are my surefire depression busters. I’m calling it my eight-fold path to dancing in your underwear before the world burns.

It’s a temporary fix. But it’ll help you take your mind off of it.

So these eight songs (lyrics included) are designed to put the happy back where it belongs. In your feet. In your butt. And in your face. And none of them are by Pharrell.

happy-minions

“Yebey!!”

Here we go…

First up… Crooning with a smile.

Feeling Good by Michael Buble

“It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life. It’s a new life for me…”

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Next… Some Attitude.

Troublemaker by Weezer

“I’m such a special guy.”

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And now a personal favorite… I love this guitar riff and this video and Morrissey’s dance moves alone make me very happy.

What Difference Does It Make by The Smith

All men have secrets and here is mine
So let it be known
For we have been through hell and high tide
I think I can rely on you…
And yet you start to recoil
Heavy words are so lightly thrown
But still I’d leap in front of a flying bullet for you

So, what difference does it make?
So, what difference does it make?
It makes none
But now you have gone
And you must be looking very old tonight

The devil will find work for idle hands to do
I stole and I lied, and why?
Because you asked me to!
But now you make me feel so ashamed
Because I’ve only got two hands
Well, I’m still fond of you, oh-ho-oh

So, what difference does it make?
Oh, what difference does it make?
Oh, it makes none
But now you have gone
And your prejudice won’t keep you warm tonight

Oh, the devil will find work for idle hands to do
I stole, and then I lied
Just because you asked me to
But now you know the truth about me
You won’t see me anymore
Well, I’m still fond of you, oh-ho-oh

But no more apologies
No more, no more apologies
Oh, I’m too tired
I’m so sick and tired
And I’m feeling very sick and ill today
But I’m still fond of you, oh-ho-oh

Oh, my sacred one…
Oh…

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Now here’s a song about self -love and just being a good neighbor.

Satellite Mind by Metric

Hold it I’m about to drop off
Let me tell you my last thought
Drift into a deep fog
Lost where I forgot to hold it
I can feel you most when I’m alone

Coming home cause I want to
Hang out with a starlet
Stare out at the ceiling
Preview of a screening
Flashback of a feeling
Sixth sense of the call and
I heard you fuck through the wall
I heard you fuck

When I’m bored
I send vibrations
In your direction
From the satellite mind

I’m not suicidal
I just can’t get out of bed
I drift into a deep fog
Lost where I forgot to hold it
I can feel you when I’m alone
I can fell your ghost when I’m alone

Coming home cause I want to
Hang out with a starlet
Stare out at the ceiling
Preview of a screening
Flashback of a feeling
Sixth sense of the call and
I heard you fuck through the wall
I heard you fuck

When I’m bored
I send vibrations
In your direction
From the satellite mind

When your voice
Became vibrations
From the satellite mind

It sounded like mine

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Next… A happy tune about getting everything you could ever want for just one dollar. (make sure to read the fine print)

Step Right Up by Tom Waits

“Only a dollar. Step right up.”

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Next… Denial (but with an infectious melody)

Everything’s Just Wonderful by Lily Allen

“Oh well I guess I mustn’t grumble. I suppose that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.”

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Next up.. a little more self-love (of the less erotic kind)

i (love myself) by Kendrick Lamar

“The world is a ghetto with big guns and picket signs. But it can do what it want, whenever it want, I don’t mind.”

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And lastly… The happiest bass-line in the world.

Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz

City’s breaking down on a camel’s back.
They just have to go ’cause they don’t know whack
So all you fill the streets it’s appealing to see
You won’t get out the county, ’cause you’re bad and free
You’ve got a new horizon it’s ephemeral style.
A melancholy town where we never smile.
And all I want to hear is the message beep.
My dreams, they’ve got to kiss, because I don’t get sleep, no
Windmill, Windmill for the land.
Love forever hand in hand
Taking it all in on your stride
It is sticking, falling down
Love forever love is free
Let’s turn forever you and me
Windmill, windmill for the land
Is everybody in?

Laughing gas these hazmats, fast cats,
Lining them up like ass cracks,
Ladies, homies, at the track
Its my chocolate attack.
Shit, I’m stepping in the heart of this here
Care bear bumping in the heart of this here
Watch me as I gravitate
Hahahahahahaa.
Yo, we gonna go ghost town,
This motown,
With yo sound
You’re in the place
You gonna bite the dust
Can’t fight with us
With yo sound
You kill the INC.
So don’t stop, get it, get it
Until you’re cheddar header.
Yo, watch the way I navigate

Windmill, Windmill for the land.
Love forever hand in hand
Take it all in on your stride
It is sticking, falling down
Love forever love is free
Let’s turn forever you and me
Windmill, windmill for the land
Is everybody in?

Don’t stop, get it, get it
We are your captains in it
Steady, watch me navigate,
Ahahahahahhaa.
Don’t stop, get it, get it
We are your captains in it
Steady, watch me navigate

Hahahahaha


I love you guys.

Remember to smile even when you don’t feel like it because it will probably make someone else smile and then someone else… traveling from person to person and before you know it you’ll see your original smile on someone else’s face.

And then you’ll smile for real.

– Mel

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Spared or Spoiled Reviews: Minions

The rules are simple. The good get spared. The bad get spoiled.

Minions (Universal Pictures)

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Directed by Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin

Written by Brian Lynch

Starring Sandra BullockJon HammMichael KeatonAllison JanneySteve CooganJennifer Saunders & Pierre Coffin

Minions is the prequel or the origin story of the scene stealing little guys from the Despicable Me movies. Despicable Me was pretty cool but I really loved Despicable Me 2. So I had high hopes for this one. It does not fail to disappoint. There are a couple of really big laughs but it feels more like a straight to DVD kids flick that just happens to have a-list stars in it. It has its moments but, I’m sorry, Minions are sidekicks. They weren’t meant to carry their own film… and it shows.

Verdict: SPOILED

Stuart, Bob and Kevin

The world’s cutest villains.

SPOILER ALERT

The best thing about Minions is the soundtrack. Most of the action takes place in England during the 1960s so the filmmakers dig into a treasure trove of great popular music from that time period. Honestly, the music upstaged the visuals by a lot. It only becomes annoying when the Minions choose to sing a well-known song in their messed-up language. Can we talk about their language for a second?

Minions and Dracula

“Renfield, we have an infestation. RENFIELD!!!”

The Minion’s language is a mix of Spanish, Italian, French, English and gibberish. And to me, maybe I’m the only one, it is annoying. It’s like some third-rate Mel Brooks gag where he pretends to speak German. Every so often they drop in a word from one of the languages that I actually understand. And even that is annoying to me. And since the entire movie is spent with main characters who speak this language, there was a lot with which to be annoyed. It’s cute in small doses. This is a mega-dose.

Minions

Minions are like children who speak several languages very badly and like to blow shit up. So they’re not like children at all actually.

The plot is basically about the Minion’s search for a Big Boss. They are attracted to evil (and somehow that’s not a character flaw). But it’s cute evil. And the film describes the Minions as being the oldest species on the planet. Pre-dating the dinosaur. And I suppose they’re immortal because it’s the same guys millions of years later. They follow a bunch of evil bosses between the age of dinosaurs and the 1960s. Then they send out three minions to search for a new boss. Kevin, Stuart and Bob end up in Orlando at a villains convention and eventually find work with Scarlett Overkill played by Sandra Bullock. She’s wonderful in this movie. I think I would have preferred it if they’d spent more time on her character. But… whatever.

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Bring me a Scarlett Overkill movie. I want it now.

Let me try to relate to you how annoying I found the Minions after an hour and a half. It’s almost like having an entire Jar Jar Binks movie (that’s right I said it). And no, Minions aren’t as bad as Jar Jar. But they’re at their best when they serve as comic relief for a movie about more substantial, non-gibberish speaking, three-dimensional characters. We meet a family called the Nelsons and then the Overkills. I just think the movie would have worked better had the little minions moved through other people’s stories. But honestly,  it feels like the movie is just an advertisement for stuffed toys. That’s exactly what the movie Minions turns out to be. It’s an ad for toys that should have aired on television.

Banana

“Banana!”

I know. I know. I’m cold-hearted. And hating on Minions is like hating puppies and kittens wearing clothes. But let me make one thing perfectly clear. I hate it when people put clothes on their pets. Especially when you can see that the animal is not amused. (unless of course it’s a warm sweater for one of those hairless breeds, but I digress) I love Minions in small doses. Truly I do. But this movie is an overdose of cute.

Minions at Waterloo

“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eye… magnified in their goggles.”

So in conclusion, Minions is like if the Jar Jar Binks movie had a killer 60s rock & roll soundtrack, annoying product placement, and featured a puppy wearing a top hat & a kitten wearing a bow tie doing a cha cha while singing nonsense words to all your favorite songs. Yeah, just like that. But hey you might actually enjoy it. It is kind of cute.

– Mel