Mother’s Day got you down? Here’s a few songs to cheer you back up
If you’re like me, Mothers day, with its cards, candy, and festivities (there are Mother’s day festivities, right?) has a tendency to remind you that you’re almost 30, single, and likely never to have any children, because who would ever love you? Whoops, a little too personal there. Anyway, at that point, I just like to let it out by singing. Yes, I mean alone; no, you don’t need put on earmuffs to block me out, we’re not even in the same room. Let’s just get back to some vocal sheet music for those times when you need a little empowerment. (or maybe just some cheering up)
I’ll start with mine. This wasn’t really intentional for me; in fact, I never knew that much by Coldplay until just a few months ago. Strangely, though, this song has a habit of popping up on the radio or Pandora whenever I’m feeling less than my chipper self and reminding me that, if Coldplay can be optimistic, there’s no reason I can’t as well. Lately, I’ve begun turning to it intentionally to cheer me up. For extra bad days, I usually watch the video where they’re all wearing Elephant suits.
Single Ladies, Beyonce
This one leans more towards the empowerment spectrum. It teaches the important lesson that, if a relationship ends, it’s always the guy’s fault and he has no right to be sad while you’re also clearly not sad. Ok, so it doesn’t teach that necessarily, but it does remind us that, while circumstances may be upsetting, there’s always an outlet for your frustrations. In this case, it’s dancing with a stranger while your ex kicks himself for not putting a ring on it.
Haven’t Met You Yet, Michael Bublé
You’ve probably noticed by now that most of these aren’t just vocal sheet music, but also piano and guitar sheet music. This one is no different. Frankly, this one is kind of a layup, because it’s about how you know you’re going to find that special someone, and it’s going to be great when you finally do. It doesn’t matter if it’s true, because that’s not the point of the song. The point is to have an ideal to strive to, whether there’s a lady in the picture or not. The subject knows what he’s looking for, so he already knows what kind of man he has to be and lives it. We should be taking notes, guys.
Carry On, fun.
While their hit ‘Some Nights’ might be more apt for your vocal sheet music needs, I chose this piece because you can conceivably play it on your own. This trio has a talent for taking a simple theme and building it into a stadium rattling roll of musical thunder. ‘Carry On’ doesn’t quite swell to the volume of some other songs, but it certainly raises the tension before the feel good release the chorus brings. Encouraging lyrics and an upbeat finish make this song a good choice to belt out when you’re feeling down.
You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon
It’s likely this won’t be the last time you see me writing about this song, but I couldn’t forget it when writing about songs to cheer you up. This one’s an old favorite from college (which I did not attend in the 80s, thank you very much) and I know I speak for at least most of my Villanova Band associates when I say that, anytime it comes on, I can’t help but smile. The verses describe a man’s midlife crisis and his concerns about life going forward, but the chorus reminds us that happiness can be as simple as a little silliness between friends. As tough as life can be at times, in the end, we’re all just looking for the bodyguard to our long lost friend. We’re all just looking for the Betty to our Al.
What song always cheers you up? Let me know in the comments!