OK, did anyone ever watch Ally McBeal? (Cancelled last year on Fox...) She had this thing where she had a "feelgood song" that no matter what, no matter how uspet she was, she could play this song and feel good. They'd show her walking down the street being really upset and then singing the song in her head, and changing her stride, changing her pace, smiling.
So, first off, I want to know what everyone's "feelgood songs" are in case I can check them out, too.
One of mine is definitely "Dancing Queen" by ABBA. (My husband is very, very frightened by this.) Yesterday, he saw an ABBA greatest hits CD in a sale bin, saw that it had "Dancing Queen" on it, and bought it for me. There are a bunch of things I guess I never realized about ABBA, one being how many of their songs I recognize, and the other being what good musicians they were. I mean, the two guys did amazing things with nothing but a keyboard, in the late 70's, and preceded Morrissey by 10 to 15 years in the concept of "morbid lyrics, happy song." The two ladies have an unbelievable vocal range in spite of their IKEA accents. (I've decided that Tim Finn covering ABBA would be GREAT, but it wouldn't work with Neil.)
So yes...even though I recognize a certain "Lawrence Welk goes Disco" quality about them, I've been listening to a lot of ABBA this weekend, and for a change, I feel great.
I guess this is a twofold topic then....what are your "Ally McBeal Feelgood Songs" and discussion of my general endorsement of the curative powers of ABBA.
ps. Another of my ultimate feelgood songs is "Karma Chameleon."