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07 October 2005 — Self-Improvement Mix (8)

I'm solicting suggestions for a new CD mix. I'd like to make a mix of happy, upbeat songs of self-empowerment: therapy through music. Any ideas? I'm willing to consider any sort of music, from the cheesy to the sublime.

For example, here are some candidate songs off the top of my head:

  • "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips ("Why do lock yourself up in these chains? No one can change your life except for you.")
  • "It's All Good" by Sinead O'Connor ("And positivity, it is the way for me: it is truth, it is youth.")
  • "The Emperor's New Clothes" by Sinead O'Connor ("Whatever it may bring, I will live by my own policies. I will sleep with a clear conscience, I will sleep in peace.")
  • "Extraordinary Machine" by Fiona Apple ("Be kind to me or treat me mean: I'll make the most of it, I'm an extraordinary machine!")
  • "Momentum" by Aimee Mann ("I hate to think of effort expended, all those minutes and days and hours I have frittered away.")
  • "Bad" by U2 ("If I could through myself set your spirit free, I'd lead your heart away, see you break, break away into the light and to the day.")
A few years ago I made a Happy Sunshine mix, and this is similar, but different. The Happy Sunshine Mix was filled with songs that sounded fun and peppy, regardless of their actual lyrics.

This new compilation is about finding strength inside. It's about self-confidence, courage, direction. The lyrics and the music both need to be explicitly about self-mastery.

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On 07 October 2005 (11:57 AM), Alan said:

Try Power to the Meek by Eurythmics -- it's uplifting and rocks out too!


On 07 October 2005 (01:55 PM), tammy said:

Joyful, Joyful we Adore Thee; by Beethoven. Music and words can be found here. http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh089.sht

On 07 October 2005 (02:05 PM), Lane said:

Come a Long Way by Michelle Shocked (Album: Arkansas Traveler)

On 07 October 2005 (10:39 PM), Scott II said:

Jimmy Eat World's "In the Middle" is always a good pick me up song.

On 08 October 2005 (10:10 AM), Jim Osmer said:

"Life is Grand" by Camper Van Beethoven which says "and life is grand, and I say this at the risk of falling from favor, from those of you, who have come to expect something darker"

or "Good Good Day" by Nick Cave.

On 08 October 2005 (12:42 PM), Mom said:

I guess I will date myself by saying this, but I really like Whitney Huston's "The Greatest Love of All" when it comes to secular music, about the importance of learning to love oneself. Other than that, the great old hymns are wonderful for general uplifting of my spirits, although I don't often go out of my way to listen to them.

On 08 October 2005 (03:12 PM), Scott II said:

Also, "Tangerine" by Buffalo Tom. Rockin'!

On 08 October 2005 (10:52 PM), jody said:

"End of the Line" by The Traveling Wilburys

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