I logged on to Facebook this morning and everyone is posting hallelujahs to it being Friday—as if they didn’t just have a four day weekend. Oh well, I guess that can make the next week feel longer. In celebration of Friday and the coming weekend, here’s a few musical selections to help get you in the mood for fun—that is, a playlist for play.
There are two artists that come instantly to mind for uplifting sweet-sounding music: classic rock band Triumph and Celtic/pop band Great Big Sea. The message of both of these bands is overwhelmingly positive—and just good fun. (And hey, they’re both from Canada—coincidence? You tell me.)
Triumph was best-known in the late 70s and early 80s for their brand of melodic hard rock. The first track for the weekend playlist should be “Hold On,” which starts with a good explanation of the power of music:
Music holds the secret,
To know it can make you whole
It’s not just a game of notes,
It’s the sounds inside your soul
However, as exciting as that song is, Triumph’s “Magic Power” has got to be one of the best songs of all time. No matter what your age, when you listen to this song, you are “young, wild, and free.”
Next it’s time to turn to Great Big Sea. These boys from Newfoundland have been out on the road this year celebrating their twentieth anniversary of singing the folk songs and traditional music of their native land, infused with infectious pop melodies. If you really want a pick-me-up, go see them live! If they’re not in your area, the music will suffice.
“Good People” from GBS’s Safe Upon the Shore CD wasn’t initially one of my favorites, but with it’s simple yet necessary message and with seeing it played live several times, it has definitely grown on me over time.
One of my favorite GBS tunes is one of their earliest. To me, “Goin Up” explains what this band is all about. You know how it is when you plan to have a gathering of people at your house, and you spend lots of time cleaning and making sure you’ve got enough seating in the living room, but a half hour in, everyone’s standing around informally in the kitchen? Yeah, it’s like that. A kitchen party.
There’s thirty people in the kitchen
And there’s always room for more
And as long as you’re going up with Great Big Sea, you can’t miss “Ordinary Day,” which is their song that reminds us to believe in ourselves:
It’s up to you now if you sink or swim,
Keep the faith and your ship will come in.
Of course, no weekend playlist would be complete without a little Queen. To get you back in a rockin’ mood, how about a little “Fat Bottomed Girls”—cause they make the rockin’ world go round.
And to finish, another Queen track that perhaps many people won’t know, but one that’s appropriate for looking forward to a great weekend:
Obviously this isn’t enough music to get you through the weekend, but you could do a lot worse than exploring additional tracks from the three artists featured here. And perhaps I’ll feature more of my weekend favorites another time. Of course, your tastes might vary, in which case I’m not sure I can help you. I hope these selections help you enjoy your weekend, whether you’re out in the garden, playing sports, having a kitchen party, or just enjoying the beautiful day.
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