Ten Tunes for Tough Times

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When I wrote my January blog post and selected “courage” as my motivational word for 2020, I mainly focused on what might inspire me to complete Thirty Years to Alaska. I had no idea just how much courage I would need to not only to finish my writing project, but also to navigate through new health challenges and the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic. As it turns out, I chose the right word. Did I mention it’s only April?

The Coronavirus has affected every aspect of our lives with unfathomable numbers of people sick and dying; closures of businesses, schools, churches, and parks; cancellations of graduations, weddings, and funerals; and staggering economic fallout. How strange that something so tiny could bring about such tragedy and chaos.

In order to keep it together, I reach out digitally to family and friends, attempt to tackle my enormous to-be-read pile, and continuously seek out the good in the world. One of the things that brings me joy is music. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of ten songs that make me smile. They’re listed alphabetically because I refuse to rank them. Check out the YouTube videos!

Alright by Darius Rucker—Yes, he’s that guy from Hootie and the Blowfish. It’s an uplifting tune with a great message.

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey—I know this song has been played to death on everything from TV shows to commercials, but it’s still awesome.

Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks—Admit it, you’ve sang along to this tune at least once in your life. If you haven’t, now is a good time.

I Pray by Lonestar—There’s so much to this song that resonates with me. Have a listen.

I’m Alright by Kenny Loggins—Otherwise known as the theme from Caddyshack. I can’t help but picture Bill Murray and the gophers whenever I hear it.

Joy to the World by Three Dog Night—How can you dislike a song that opens with the line “Jeremiah was a bullfrog”? Of course, the Christmas song with the same name is awesome too!

Roll with the Changes by REO Speedwagon—This band has a bunch of upbeat songs that do double duty as great workout tunes.

Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves—This song will cheer you up and get stuck in your head FOREVER.

We are the World by various artists—A landmark tune from the 1985 USA for Africa concert to raise funds for the famine. Check out the Old School Music video!

What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong—A beautiful, timeless song with a powerful message.

What are some of your favorite happy songs?



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  • Janet

    I love “What a Wonderful World”. The other morning I need an upbeat, uplifting song to play while making breakfast, so I listened to “Good Morning” by Mandisa. Got me dancing, and singing, and completely changed my mood!

    • Wendy C Jorgensen

      Thanks, Janet! I listened to “Good Morning” based on your suggestion. Great song! Hope you and your family are well.

  • Jennifer

    Great list! I love these. The song by Journey is an all-time favorite, and really the only song I do well for karaoke. LOL <3
    I heard one this morning that really touched my heart. Can I share the link?
    Sissel with the Tabernacle Choir, the song "Slow Down." Oh, my goodness! It's more religious than your list (which is so fun and uplifting), but I was just so taken with it I have to share.

    • Wendy C Jorgensen

      Such a beautiful song and aptly named!😉 So happy you liked my list. The only two songs I remember singing at karaoke are Daydream Believer by the Monkees and the theme from The Beverly Hillbillies. 😜

  • Audrey

    Walking on Sunshine is a favorite of mine. You are so inspiring. The entire list is uplifting :-). Stay safe and take care

    • Wendy C Jorgensen

      Thanks for your comment! I’m thinking today might be a good day to listen to these songs again. 😉

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