Friday, September 24, 2010

Songs that make us smile

One of music's great abilities is the way hearing a specific song can make us smile.
This week, ROUTE 1 readers reveal these tunes by answering the following FRIDAY QUESTION:

"What song always makes you smile when you hear it on the radio?"

MIKE D. -- Aside from novelty songs like Weird Al's "Living with a Hernia," songs that make me smile are those that remind me of fun times from the past. At our family's 1997 Halloween party, my youngest brother arrived at the church hall wearing a huge skull mask and a black robe. About an hour into the festivities, he popped a cassette into the stereo. As Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping" blared from the speakers, he shed his costume to reveal a Michael Flatley get-up, and performed a spastic Irish jig that had us rolling. It was the first time I had ever heard the song, and it left an indelible impression.

KERI M. -- "Just the Way You" are by Bruno Mars.

SASKIA M. -- Katrina & The Waves: "Walking on Sunshine."

JOHN S. -- "Beat it" by MJ.

KERSTIN H. -- "The Tide is High" or any Culture Club song. I love them!

STEVE M. -- "Good Vibrations."

RICK T. -- A song by Charlie Pride called, "I Wonder Could I Live There Anymore." It's about your old hometown. Came out in the late 60's, early 70's when I lived in Florida. Love That Song!

MARY N.-P. -- Because they are so oddly bad, but wonderfully charming: "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" (1957, Rolf Harris) and "Wolverton Mountain" (1962, Claude King).

BEKAH P. -- Black Eyed Peas' "Tonights' Gonna Be A Good Night." That was the first song we played at our wedding reception (after the official traditional dances), and it proved very accurate!

ANNIKA H. -- "California Gurls!"

LISA Y. -- Cheryl Crowe: "Soak Up the Sun."

ERIK H. -- We heard it the other day on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2: "Stay With Me" by the Faces. The frantic guitar fanfare that opens the song began to play through the speakers, and I turned to Annika and said: "It's the Faces! 'Stay With Me!'" Annika just rolled her eyes at my music geekdom.


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