GE DIGITAL CAMERASo in most parts of the country, it’s been a brutal winter.  (Not talking about you, Los Angeles where it reached 80 degrees today.  But despite warm temperatures,  the City of Angels encounters serious drought conditions this winter.)

Even Atlanta, Georgia is shut down on Wednesday.  But we are a hearty bunch.  We shovel the snow, chip at the ice, bundle up, hunker down, weather the storm and wait for spring.  So instead of dwelling on the dismal, Wedwand will focus on the fun, and what is more fun than music.

Rod Stewart sang, “Coldest winter in almost 14 years could never, never change your mind” in his classic song, Mandolin Wind.  This winter especially, the song conjures an image.

I own neither a mandolin nor a banjo and surely can’t play either one with any degree of proficiency, but both have a happy vibe.  “The banjo is such a happy instrument–you can’t play a sad song on the banjo – it always comes out so cheerful.”    — Steve Martin

So, here’s hoping just the mention of these songs makes you happy in the doldrums of the winter of ’14.

Leading off, is “Don’t worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. (Yeah, I thought it was Bob Marley too, but then I realized EVERY Reggae song is NOT by Bob Marley.)  How bout these lyrics (or do you call them words).

Here is a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy……

C’mon, I caught your toes tapping and head bobbing and just the slightest of smiles showing if you watched that one.

Now the camel could continue down that “song with happy” in the title path but not today.  However, here’s a quick list of such “happy” songs if it will make you smile and forget about the cold:

Happy —  Rolling Stones

Happy Jack — The Who

Happy Together — The Turtles

If It Makes You Happy  — Sheryl Crow

Shiny Happy People — REM

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy — Blood Sweat and Tears

Oh How Happy (you have made me) — Shades of Blue

Happy Birthday  — Many Artists

And the Wedwand Top 3 songs with “Happy” in the title:

I’m Happy Just to Dance With You — The Beatles

O Happy Day — Edwin Hawkins Singers

If You Wanna Be Happy (for the rest of your life) —  Jimmy Soul

But, it’s been a darn brutal winter.  Let’s just think of some songs that make us happy, whether or not “happy” is in the title.

I did a straw poll while writing this.  O sure, not as solid as a brick poll as any of the three little pigs can tell you, cause this winter’s been huffing and puffing.  The question was this.  “Tell me a random song that makes you happy.”    Here’s some of the song suggestions:

Brave — Sara Bareillis

Holla — Baja Men

I’m A Man — Chicago

Red Rubber Ball –  The Cyrkle

I Want You Back – Jackson 5

Cruise — Florida Georgia Line

And, the Wedwand personal favorite:

This Must be The Place (Naïve melody) — Talking Heads  (Covered by the Lumineers recently as well for you young uns out there.)   Had to share this delightfully bizarre live version from last year by former Heads front man, David Byrne and St. Vincent.

Feet on the ground.  Head in the sky. It’s OK. I know nothing’s wrong.

Or how bout this one to wrap it up by Blue Swede?

Yes indeed, that’s the live version of grown Swedish men in a brass section singing, “Ooga Ooga Ooga Chakka, Ooga Ooga Ooga Chakka.”

So whether is Ooga Chaka, Boom Sha-ka-laka, or Shama Lam DingDong,  sooner or later this winter will pass.  So keep on smiling and singing.

And if you get a chance, PLEASE share your favorite “happy” song.