I. Not Over-Thinking It
Easily the most important part of turning your mood around via music is totally erasing your mind of any sort of proactive thinking. You don’t want profound lyrics steeped in meaning, no messages, no heartbreak, no politics. Your consciousness needs to disappear into dumb funness — hey, look, you’re not worried about being broke anymore! You are listening to the music! Perfect job, Doobies, well done.
II. Familiarity Without Condescension
Like any white Southern liberal, feelings of “pride” in your geographically determined raisin’ place are fraught with second guesses and rationalization. For a group that wasn’t Southern, The Doobie Brothers managed to occasionally evoke a bluegrassy Southern sensibility without coming off as proactively defensive (Skynyrd) or feeling like a parody (CCR, YEAH I SAID IT). I don’t even like Mississippi, but I love this shit. Much like my beloved “Chattahoochee,” if you’re going to write a Southern song that Southerners of all sorts can enjoy, it’s smart to stick with the landscape, specifically the rivers and/or moon. KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK, DOOBIES.
Serbia thinks so!
So does France!
Only about six more hours, now, until I get to head home. Is there a particular band/song that raises your mood? Am I wrong about CCR? Do you want to buy me a new stereo? Comment and share!