Man! What a year this week has been! Am I right? I don’t know about you guys, but I found myself listening to a ton of music this week. I also find that when I listen to music, I accomplish more, my mood is elevated and quite honestly, I dance. If I turn on the television, I get sucked in and accomplish less and the same goes for my phone. Plus, nothing on tv or social media was making me feel much better this week, and I definitely wasn’t dancing to any of the stuff I was hearing on the news. However, music; music always makes me feel better. Sometimes music is the only medicine the heart and soul need.
So, I started listening to music on my Amazon Music app and started going through the quarantine motions and emotions. Like most people, my week began like any other week. I went to work, I met with clients, I had lunch with friends, I shook hands, I hugged people; but this looming feeling that the world around us was changing was weighing heavily on my shoulders as I bought extra supplies, fielded calls from worried parents and concerned clients, and couldn’t decide if I was too worried or not worried enough.
The week quickly snowballed. All of my jobs, like so many others, were cancelled and I ended up being home almost 100% of the time. This thing was now “real” and what could I do? Nothing, but stay home. I realized that this was the first full day I had been home ALL DAY in probably eight months or more! I know what you’re thinking; you can’t be serious! But, I am! Besides the holidays, where I spent four days home with my family, this was my first real “first day off work” in a very long time.
So, what did I do, you ask? I opened up the windows, let the fresh air in, and turned the music up even louder! I spent the next three days spring cleaning my apartment, reorganizing shelves and cabinets, dancing in and out of every room, sweating my butt off and enjoying myself. You know why? Because, what other choice did I have?! I danced, I cleaned, I napped, I walked my dog (because at this point he thought I was losing my mind and was a little confused why I was home so much). I was making the best of a bad situation.
By the end of the week, I realized that my Amazon Music app had created a “My Soundtrack” list for me, which I have turned into a playlist that I’m fondly calling the “Corona Chronicles”. It almost mirrors my moods and emotions throughout the week. It starts out with a little It’s The End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) and I Want to be Sedated, continues with a few songs about feeling alone or fearful about the entire situation.
However, we quickly remember that we have to Get Up Offa That Thing because perhaps the house is a little Dirrty. Should we work on some Dirty Laundry and get to Washing Dishes? All I know is, my apartment is currently So Fresh, So Clean!
You know who isn’t So Fresh, So Clean? This girl! There’s been a ton of Dancing With Myself! But ladies, Ohhhh ladies, I can’t help but walk by a mirror and think, Dang…You Sexy Thing! PS – my dog thinks I’m beautiful alllll the time!
I think you guys are getting the gist of my week. When you’re happy, you enjoy the music. When you’re sad, you understand the lyrics. I’ll admit, some days this week I needed the music and some of the days I definitely needed the lyrics. I have Faith that we will be Just Fine and that Someday We’ll Be Together! It may take another week or two, or possibly more. We may need to unplug 2020, wait 30 seconds and plug her back in, but we will reset this year and then This Will Be Our Year!
If you have Amazon Music, you can listen to Corona Chronicles below. If not, below is a full list of the songs and artists to download on your preferred music app. I hope you enjoy! Please comment back with any additions to this list! Let’s keep the music and positive vibes flowing. Music is life. That’s why our hearts have beats!
Stay safe and stay healthy!
1. It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.
2. I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
3. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
4. I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
5. Get Up Offa That Thing - James Brown
6. Dirrty - Christina Aguilera [feat. Redman]
7. Dirty Laundry - Bitter:Sweet
8. Washing Dishes - Jack Johnson
9. So Fresh, So Clean - Outkast
10. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
11. Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
12. I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
13. Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
14. You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate
15. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
16. Faith - George Michael
17. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
18. Just Fine - Mary J Blige
19. Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield
20. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
21. Waiting on the World to Change - John Mayer
22. Close to Me - The Cure
23. Tired of Being Alone - Al Green
24. Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes
25. When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees
26. This Must Be the Place - Talking Heads
27. This Will Be Our Year - The Zombies