8/22/2006

Music That Makes You Happy...

I was watching Spike Lee's documentary about Katrina and New Orleans last night. I'm not going to write about it other than to say that I thought it was very good. The movie opened with a Louis Armstrong tune. It reminded me of how happy Louis' music makes me every time I hear it. Even his sadder songs, like "Black And Blue". It's primarily his trumpet that gets me. Not to say that he isn't a phenomenal vocalist - he is. It's just something about hearing one of his solos and the genius that goes into each note that makes me smile. It'd be hard to think of another artist that is able to lighten my mood as consistently as Louis Armstrong. I'd love to hear what kinds of music make you guys happy.

9 comments:

dirty said...

Music that makes me happy...80's music and anything that I can sing along with. I have to admit that my taste in music is pretty bad accoring to the people I have talked with about this.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Israel Kamakawiwo`ole

I can't be sad when I listen to him, except it's kind of sad that he died so young.

Phil said...

Christmas music.

Which is to bad cause we are losing that war too.

Melinda June said...

Iz is a god. In fact, I now play the uke myself because there isno way to be sad when you play the ukulele.

They Might Be Giants and Devo make me happy, too. And Beulah. Love me a little Beulah.

Chris said...

Vikki & Melinda: Thanks for the heads up. I listened to some samples of Israel and I can see why you like him. Is there a particular album you would recommend as a good introduction?

vikkitikkitavi said...

I would go with Alone in IZ World, which has a good mixture of standards and Hawaiian tunes, and contains the Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World mash-up (if you can call it that) that was his only hit.

Megan said...

Chris: My thoughts on happy music were too long for a comment, so I just posted my own and linked ya.

And, Vikki: despite considering myself fairly hip, I have never heard of this Israel Kamakawiwo'ole person! I'll check him out.

Flannery Alden said...

God help me, but The Wiggles make me happy. So do the Bare Naked Ladies (Gordon album only).

dirty said...

Flannery...I like you because you like the Wiggles. How sad is it that they are they only modern music that I know all the words to? Fruit Salad anyone? yummy, yummy