Songs to Perk You Up

There are days when I feel I need an extra boost, to perk me up and remind myself that I need to stop procrastinating and just get moving. Oh, those dreaded Monday mornings or during mid-week when I am feeling blah or when I need that push to make me run faster on the treadmill.

Then there are days when I just want to snuggle up under the covers for ten more minutes or stare at the pile of laundry that needs ironing, bemoaning the fact that I don’t have any magical powers that would help take care of my least favorite chore.

Or during times when I feel nervous before a big meeting or event and want to remind myself that I am a strong woman, I can do anything, I can conquer my fears! I am sure you have those moments too.

Apart from giving yourself a pep talk, what do you do?

To me, music is empowering and is a wonderful motivator; after a while, your hips start swaying and your shoulders hitch up and down. Soon, your start clapping or raising your hands in the air and you are stepping to the beat, allowing yourself to loosen up. Then you are dancing, grooving with a grin as your face lights up. That’s me anyway, losing my inhibitions.

With the firm belief that music and dancing are essential for a happier life, I have a personal go-to play list when I need some motivation, which I am sharing with you here. Enjoy and “keep on moving, don’t stop.”
Please feel free to share your own favorite songs or play list.

“Stir it up” by Patti Labelle
“I’m coming out” by Diana Ross
“Don’t stop believing” by Journey
“Ain’t nobody” by Rufus and Chaka Khan
“Last dance” by Donna Summer
“Breakout” by Swing Out Sister
“Sweet dreams” by Beyonce
“Back to life” by Soul II Soul
“Keep on moving” by Soul II Soul
“Set adrift on memory bliss” by PM Dawn
“Shout” by Tears for Fears
“Holiday” by Madonna
“Get into the groove” by Madonna
“Every little step” by Bobby Brown
“I’ve got the power” by Snap
“Push it” by Salt-N-Pepa
“The best things in life are free” by Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross
“Just fine” by Mary J Blige
“Firework” by Katy Perry
“Happy” by Pharrel Williams
“How deep is your love” by Calvin Harris
“Clarity” by Zedd
“Find you” by Zedd ft. Matthew Koma, Miriam Bryant

Songs to Perk You Up

Improbability of Love (& V’s Love Play List)

Whistlejacket by George Stubbs, at The National Gallery

A few months ago, my friend (P) lent me a book, “The Improbability of Love” by Hannah Rothschild, which she had gotten from a book signing event in London. I found the book delightful to read and enjoyed it very much.

The story is about a woman who buys a painting in a second-hand shop, which is later discovered to be a genuine masterpiece by an eighteenth century French painter. A love story of sorts with a complex intertwined path among various players in the art world, the book also offers an amusing narrative from the painting’s point of view – a portrait of a woman – and its colorful provenance.

What I also found appealing about this book is that it references The National Gallery in London and several paintings that I recall admiring during my visit there last year, specifically a stunning painting of a life size horse, “Whistlejacket” by George Stubbs. If you are ever in London, I urge you to visit The National Gallery and spend a few hours there to admire their collections.

This novel got me thinking, what is my own (im)probability of love? Will I ever meet the man of my dreams to settle down with? When will I find someone worthy to give my heart to again? Do I need a man to make me happy? (Yes, I see that eye roll!) These questions sometimes flit through my mind when I watch romantic movies and listen to poignant love songs.

I wonder: have you ever listened to a song and recall it as a ‘milestone’ or marker of sorts, such as attributing a song to a past love or during a significant time period in your life or when you are floating on cloud nine or in a memorable relationship or pre/post break up? Personally several persons and instances come to mind from my own experiences and I am pleased to share this list with you, many of which are my favorite songs. Some make me weepy, some make me grin, while some just squeezes my heart.

You may be familiar with some of these songs; perhaps you may be curious enough to look up a few and listen to some from my play list, and hopefully enjoy them too.

“Crazy for you” by Madonna (IC)
“Borderline” by Madonna
“Electric blue” by Icehouse
“Separate lives” by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin (MM)
“I’ll be over you” by Toto
“All cried out” by Alison Moyet
“Hands to heaven” by Breathe (MM)
“Where do broken hearts go” by Whitney Houston (NL to me)
“Domino dancing” by Pet Shop Boys
“Been in love before” by Cutting Crew
“Kisses in the moonlight” by George Benson
“Two occasions” by Babyface
“Make it last forever” by Keith Sweat
“Can you stand the rain” by New Edition
“My my my” by Johnny Gill
“Giving my all to you” by Johnny Gill
“I like” by Guy
“Is this love” by Whitesnake
“OPP” by Naughty by Nature
“Close to you” by Maxi Priest
“Waiting for a star to fall” by Boy Meets Girl
“Rush, rush” by Paula Abdul (MY)
“I can’t make you love me” by Bonnie Raitt (AK) (One of my go-to karaoke songs)
“Kiss of life” by Sade
“Paradise is here” by Cher
“Woman in chains” by Tears for Fears
“Take me home” by Sophie Ellis Bextor
“At last” by Etta James (AM to me)
“Ma che bello questo amore” by Eros Ramazzotti (CA)
“Musica E” by Eros Ramazzotti and Andrea Bocelli (CA)
“That’s what you get” by Paramore (SS)
“Umbrella” by Rihanna (KA)
“Be without you” by Mary J Blige
“Burn” by Usher (SS)
“Out of touch” by Hall & Oates
“Love me harder” by Ariana Grande
“Quisiera ser” by Alejandro Sanz (for the expressive passion; check out the version with Destiny’s Child)
“I’ll be alright without you” by Journey (am currently obsessed with the moving instrumentals after the last of the vocals)
“Never knew love like this” by Stephanie Mills (am hopeful for this to come…)


Improbability of Love (& V’s Love Play List)