Bring Me Sunshine

I have been thinking about Happiness tunes – ones which refer directly to happiness and also those which make me laugh, smile or want to dance.

The other day I decided to get on iTunes and buy a few and then listen to them on my way into London and see how they affected my mood. I started with iconic theme tune for the Morecombe and Wise show. You know the one (if you’re old enough or watch the Christmas Specials they still show after all these years) which they would exit the programme to every week skipping away from camera, waving their arms in the air.

‘Bring me sunshine, in your smile.
Bring me laughter all the while.
In this world where we live there should be more happiness.
So much joy you can give to each brand new bright tomorrow.’

Brilliant lyrics and the melody just makes me smile, and sway a little, which is what happened on the East Midlands train from Bedford to London. It was crowded and I was standing in the alleyway in front of the toilet, swaying and mouthing the words and smiling away. I caught one lady’s eye and she beamed at me thankfully instead of wondering if I needed medical attention.

It’s extremely evocative music which anchors me to a joyous, fun childhood. Wow, I loved that show and, more than the show itself, I loved those Saturday evenings watching TV with my parents and sister in the snug with some kind of chocolate treat.

The next track to be added to my Happiness Playlist was Monty Python’s classic ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’.

‘If life seems jolly rotten,
there’s something you’ve forgotten,
and that’s to dance and laugh and sing.’

Surely as profound as anything written by any philosopher. And the title is a ready made mantra for life – Always look on the bright side of life. I have decided that this is one for my funeral, so I have added it to my special requests in my will! In fact, I am going to add ‘Bring me Sunshine’ too as the music to play when people are leaving – genius.

So what next? Well as I am a child of the 1970s then Ken Dodd has to be on there with his wonderful song ‘Happiness’.

‘Happiness, happiness,
the greatest gift that I possess.
I thank the lord that I’ve been blessed,
with more than my share of happiness.
To me this world is a wonderful place,
I’m the luckiest human in the human race.
I’ve got no silver and I’ve got no gold,
but I’ve got happiness in my soul.’

I also now have Judy Garland’s ‘Get Happy’ and of course the classic ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin.

Then there are the tracks which cant’ fail to make you want to dance. For me it has to be ‘Hey Ya’ by Outkast, and ‘Love Shack’ by the B52’s.

Sol that’s what I have come up with so far – it’s a work in progress. And I am looking for others to contribute some inspiring suggestions.