The weekend is here! After working all week, we finally get a couple of days to chill and relax. The universe is awesome for that. I’m sure that many of you have exciting plans and things to do, while others may not have any thing planned; except for maybe some housework and “me” time. I will be doing the latter, and I’m perfectly alright with that.
For those of you who are going to spend the weekend as I am, don’t allow boredom to take the wheel. Alternately, take the chill time as a chance to let your mind work out some of the things that might need working out.
I know that when it’s quiet and we don’t have anything planned (especially on the weekend, when we feel that we should have plans), it’s very easy to slip into worry or depression. Since I am very well acquainted with that concept, I have a way of combating it: MUSIC!
There are artists who are able to take me away from worry and despair with their voices, time signatures, grooves, or styles. Listening to them immediately smacks me into my happy place.
“Music has charms to soothe the savage breast”
(That’s not a typo. It really is “breast”. I’ve always thought it was “beast”, didn’t you? I Googled it and checked several sources and it really is “breast”. Imagine that! Click here to learn more.)
Listed below are 10 artists (in no particular order) whose music have the power to keep me happy and at peace. There are several other artists that I listen to daily, but this list contains artists who calm me down when my mind is getting the best of me.
Jamiroquai’s music obviously has some kind of magical ingredient that makes it impossible to be anything other than happy and at ease–and that’s just the music. If you pay attention to the lyrics, not only will you feel happiness, you’ll also become ambitious. Jamiroquai makes me want to bring positive changes to the planet. They are definitely my “go to” band!
2) Amy Winehouse
Amy, Amy, Amy! The last time I fell in love, it was with Amy’s voice. If there was an album of her singing the phone book, I’d buy it. She is indeed my favorite singer.
Lyrically, she’s amazing. However, most of her songs have sullen or melancholy themes. Amy usually wrote about whatever was going on in her life at the time.
Her delivery and the musicianship on any one of her songs is so vibrant that I can’t help but feel good. Who could possibly feel down when Amy is playing?
HE’S PRINCE! Do I need to say more? #HisRoyalBadness
4) Earth Wind & Fire
Play any Earth Wind & Fire album, and you’re instantly reminded of happier times. They are lyrically uplifting and without doubt, one of the baddest bands in the land!
He’s a musician’s, musician. Much like his idol, Prince, D’Angelo is a perfectionist who has no desire to sound like everyone else–he’s a musical revolutionary.
“Voodoo” is my favorite album of all times, but all of D’s music is relaxing and laid back. In fact, it’s so laid back that it’s very easy to forget about what is going on around you when it’s playing.
6) Stevie Wonder
Stevie is pleasing to the endorphins. His music always sounds like “home“– wherever home may be.
Besides being a hell of a singer and musician, his music is down to earth and relatable. That is why he will always be on my list of favorites. He is the definition of “feel good music“. Everyone loves Stevie!
7) Marvin Gaye
A smooth voice and smooth grooves to kick back and chillax to. For such a troubled man (pardon my pun), his music can put anyone into a good mood. And speaking of trouble man, Marvin performed some awesome instrumentals on the Trouble Man soundtrack.
8) Erykah Badu
The big sister that I’ve always wanted.
Ms. Badu makes me think deeper. It sometimes takes a while to fully understand the meanings of some of her lyrics (people often claim that they do, but they don’t). The lessons, the stories, and the voice makes it worth the mind power used to figure out what she’s saying. Erykah drops knowledge in every bar.
9) Steely Dan
Their music was designed to put its listeners in a mellow mood (according to Donald Fagan, lead singer and cofounder). Some of their lyrics are kind of sordid, but they are smooth in the way that they deliver them. Musically, they’re addictive. Over the years, the band has included some very impressive personnel, such as: bassist, Chuck Rainey, and keyboardist/singer, Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers).
10) Esperanza Spalding
If you don’t know about Esperanza, go to your favorite music streaming service and check her out–you won’t be disappointed. Start with “Ponta de Areia” and then “Precious“. Be prepared to become hooked on the lady bassist with the big Afro.
Enjoy Your Weekend Your Way!
I’m going to spend my weekend with those characters, and probably a few more. However you decide to spend your weekend, enjoy it and do something that makes you feel good!
“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something that can be changed in this world, then it can only happen with music.”