Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

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In my very first blog post, I mentioned that I used to be a pretty negative person. Unsurprisingly, I was also a fairly unhappy person. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ve probably figured out that Amanda 2.0 is very, very different. One of the ways I stay positive these days is with what I call my “Happy Mix”: a playlist full of songs that never fail to lift my spirits.

I listen to it every single morning, without fail, and it always sets the right tone for the day. I also put it on when I catch myself feeling cranky, stressed, or depressed. Nothing turns my mood around faster.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Change Your Mind by Sister Hazel

This song became a personal anthem about ten years ago. It was a definite low point in my life. My fiance and I called off our wedding (the right decision, but it hurt more than I can begin to describe), I was unhappy with my job, I wasn’t in good physical shape, and I was generally feeling miserable the vast majority of the time. Finally, I realized I needed to do some serious soul searching, and came to the decision that some things had to change, and that only I could change them. Some were tangible changes (graduate school, gym membership, getting serious about saving for a house), and the others, the most important, were changes in my attitude. This song really sums up a lot of the ideas I embraced so I could become the person I wanted to be.

Favorite lines: “Did you ever think there might be another way to just feel better, just feel better about today?”

No Such Thing as a Broken Heart by Old Dominion

Speaking of the person I want to be, the first time I heard this song something in me started screaming “Exactly!” It’s such a great reminder about the importance of taking chances and giving life your all. I love the message here, and the gloriously upbeat melody usually has me bopping around my kitchen (or at my desk, or in the car…).

Favorite lines: “Cry when it hurts, laugh when it’s funny, chase after the dream, don’t chase after the money”.

St. Elmo’s Fire by John Parr

This song is most often associated with the film of the same name, but it was inspired by a true story, not a fictional one. From 1985 to 1987, Canadian athlete Rick Hansen completed the “Man in Motion World Tour”, circling the globe in his wheelchair to raise money and awareness for individual with disabilities. His amazing journey raised $26 million, caught the attention of the entire world, and is the basis for one of my very favorite songs.

Favorite lines: “I can climb the highest mountain, cross the widest sea, I can feel St. Elmo’s fire burning in me”.

Best Day of My Life by American Authors

If my life was a sitcom, this would totally be the theme song. It’s another song that’s so much fun to listen to that I can’t possibly stay still, and reminds me that every day can be the best day…it’s all up to me.

Favorite lines: “But all the possibilities, no limits, just epiphanies”.

Music

What are your favorite feel good songs?

48 thoughts on “Worth Hearing: Songs From My Happy Mix

  1. Amanda, sometimes I feel like we’re kindred spirits in a few areas of our lives. I just finished a post for tomorrow that is close to this post. It’s amazing how that happens! Music and my relationship with the Lord keeps me positive and encouraged. I love music that speaks to my spirit! Thanks Amanda, great post! Blessings, my friend!βœ¨πŸ’›

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I’m looking forward to reading your post tomorrow!

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      1. No pressure, my friend! 😰

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      2. Amanda Cade says:

        None at all. We’re here to share and enjoy, not to judge. πŸ’–

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      3. Thank you, the no pressure was my attempt at humor toward myself. πŸ’–

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  2. Michelle says:

    These are all great songs! My happy songs are pretty much any song from the 80’s. πŸ˜€

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I love 80’s music! So much fun stuff.

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  3. etiliyle says:

    πŸ’«βœ¨πŸ’«βœ¨πŸ’«βœ¨πŸ’«

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  4. Thank you for these songs, I love 80’s music.

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  5. You sound very happy Amanda – I have a bunch of feel-good songs too. I don’t listen to them everyday – but if I need a pick-me-up they are one of my go-to ways to inject more smiles into the day.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I really am happy-I look back at the negative person I used to be and barely recognize her.
      I would love to know what a few of your go-to songs are. I’m always looking to add to my playlist.

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      1. I published a few in my SHARE-YOUR-WORLD post the other day, and here are some others:

        Do You Love Me – Now Than I Can Dance
        Good Lovin (The Rascals)
        I Drove All Night (Cyndi Lauper version)
        Are You Gunna Be My Girl ( Jet)
        Walking On Sunshine (Katrina And The Waves)
        Do You Dream About Me (Alisha)
        Cuanta Le Gusta (Carmen Miranda & The Andrews Sisters)
        Sometimes All I Need Is The Air That I Breathe (The Hollies)
        Independent Love Song (Scarlett)
        Book Of Days (Enya)
        Twist And Shout (The Ferrish Beuler clip where he is singing on the float in the middle of the city)

        …there are lots – mostly songs that get me up and dancing or make me feel inspired.

        I love Annie’s song (John Denver) but I learnt recently the story behind it and it’s kind of made it a sad song for me now.

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      2. Amanda Cade says:

        Yeah, sometimes learning the story really changes how a song makes you feel.
        I love your list.πŸ‘πŸ’–

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  6. Tim Willow says:

    Walking on sunshine. Every single moment is a chance to be happy πŸ™‚

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Oh, that’s a good one! I can’t believe I didn’t think of it. Totally adding it to the playlist.

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      1. Tim Willow says:

        used to have it at the start of my fitness routine πŸ™‚ – a bit too bouncy for the start!

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  7. Great post! I enjoyed getting to know you a little more.

    I don’t have “happy songs,” per se, but I definitely have motivational songs – one’s that make me feel like I can overcome any obstacle. “Till I Collapse” by Eminem is the chief among these.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Hmmm…now that you mention it, I sort of use this mix for motivation, too. However, your comment has me thinking that I might want to make a motivation specific mix. Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ’ž

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      1. Glad I could be of service πŸ˜€

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  8. If ever I want a happy feel from mysic I tend to listen to 90s music. Its what was around when I was growing up. So old school Will Smith is always a winner. Tge child inside of me also loved the name of his album … Big Willy Style πŸ˜‚

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Good stuff! I recently introduced a friend’s teenage daughter to the Fresh Prince. She was completely flummoxed.

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      1. I love that show! Watching it now and seeing the clothes Will used to wear … πŸ˜‚ I can sing the whole Fresh Prince Rap. Not that it probably sounds very good in my English voice πŸ˜‚

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      2. Amanda Cade says:

        Well, I’m American, so I tend to think everything sounds good in an English voice. πŸ˜‰

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      3. I get told I sound posh πŸ™ˆ maybe one day I’ll go full English on you πŸ˜‚ where abouts in the States are you?

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      4. Amanda Cade says:

        St. Louis, Missouri. So pretty much in the center.

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      5. I don’t think I’ve ever heard an accent from Missouri.

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      6. Amanda Cade says:

        There’s actually a bit of a range, depending on where in the state someone grew up.

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  9. Great post! I love listening suggestions, especially for something to get you going in the moring πŸ™‚ I don’t have much choice in the matter at the moment. It’s my nine-year-old girl who has just discovered Jessie Jay plus all things 80s! It’s their school party thing tomorrow and she’s singing ‘Take On Me’ by Aha! πŸ™‚

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I think 80s music is a great way to start the day!

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  10. RobbyeFaye says:

    Great list!
    I did not know that about the St. Elmo’s Fire song-what an inspiration!!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      An awesome song with an awesome story.πŸ’ž

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  11. RobbyeFaye says:

    Thank you so much for the follow!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

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  12. M. Phillips says:

    Anything from the 90s Boy Band era…I know it’s cheesy but it’s such a guilty pleasure of mine.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      The 90s were awesome. Don’t believe anyone who tries to tell you differently.

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  13. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Are you getting my comments?

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I am now. Sorry to hear that I’ve missed a few. 😦

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        I’d repost them if my 40 year old fart factory would get that rusty gear rolling…..

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  14. Thanks so much for sharing. I should share my mix of music I listened to when I lived in Japan. I love the songs. As always you uplift me! Have a wonderful and blessed day!!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      You should definitely share that mix!

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      1. LOL! 80’s music. Thanks so much for being so kind. Have a wonderful and blessed day!

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  15. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I doubt I could unofficially nominate you for my Tell The Story Challenge could i? I’m a bit interested in what you can come up with. πŸ€”

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I’ll be honest: I have proven to be terrible at tags and nominations. I keep meaning to get to them, and then I don’t. If I get the chance, I’ll try to come up with something for you, but things are a little nuts right now. We’re gearing up for an SAE (serious annual event) at work, so I’m up to my eyeballs in logistics.

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        I completely understand! No problem no pressure and thank you for your honesty! πŸ™‚

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