During our last weeks in Paris, Julie and I listened to her “Joyous playlist” on her iPod as we walked back and forth between my basement apartment by Invalides and her host parents’ apartment across the street from the Bonne Marchée.
Some people say I listen to depressing music. I once played Damien Rice’s “O” at work, and my co-workers seemed worried. I don’t think it’s depressing. Unless of course, you have something to be depressed about.
So in case you need it, here’s a joyous list of songs. It starts with one that will always remind me of sitting on a yoga mat at Invalides, eating strawberries before finals, being happy and knowing that everything is about to change.
Yelle – Amour du sol
The Ditty Bops – Wake up
Django Reinhardt – Minor swing
Jem – Finally woken
Ella Fitzgerald – You’re the top (this video is a different version than the one I’m used to, with Nat King Cole and different lyrics)
Eels – Fresh feeling
Ed Harcourt – All of your days will be blessed