I don't listen to it often, but occasionally I'll play some Polka Music and it never fails to energize. Willie Nelson and host of other stars have toyed with Polka over the years and the results have been interesting. If I'm not mistaken, I believe there was a Polka group that received a Grammy sometime back. In any event, if you need a lift, give it a try. It probably won't become your favorite style, but it just might put a smile on your face.
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While I have only heard one song from this album, I would highly recommend "Life of Tango" with Alfredo Marcucci. I finally identified the song, on Friday, that is on a burned copy of a demo CD used at my local audio store. I ordered the CD within minutes and can hardly wait for it to arrive. It is tango music and the song I have heard sounds like the Bandoneon (think concertina or accordion) and a guitar. It just puts a smile on your face.
Surf guitar music, beach boys, b52s, leroy anderson, beatles/mccartney,
vintage chet atkins, buck owens, a lot of 50s and early 60s pop hits,
before kennedy, vietnam, watergate, etc. When things got heavier.
Go to allmusic. Com and check out music breakdowns by mood.
We'll be alright by travie mccoy, we no speak americano by yolanda be
Arrival of the queen of sheba by handel, joy by apollo 100.
Saturday morning cartoons greatest hits remakes cd by various artists.
I like the way you think, Mapman! And you offered up some really great ideas. I particularly like Surf music, and my favorite band of that genre are The Mermen. Folks can get a listen to their stuff by going to the Archive.org....
PS: The Sat. morning cartoons music sounds like a great idea! I will be checking those out very soon...
The SMCGH CD is fun and fantastic with good sound start to end.
Most not all the cartoon songs are from when I was a kid back in the 60s-70s heyday of saturday morning cartoons, but this was always a hit with all my family including even my 12 and 17 year old kids in the car during a trip.
I can also recommend Rhino's "Cowabunga" Surf Music Box Set for lots of one stop shopping fun surf music old and newer with great sound quality throughout.
A lot of Baroque period classical music is pretty happy sounding stuff, but as the years progressed, things seemed to get a lot more serious and cerebral overall in general. Lots of good happy sounding exceptions to that general trend over the years though.
Lots of happy sounding rock and pop music back in the 80's Reagan years though. I always wonder how much John Lennon's untimely death helped lead to that as a response. There was still a lot of downer music though, especially on certain new wave fronts.
Then grunge and the talented but depressed Kurt Cobain and Nirvana came along. THat and rap/hip hop.
Things musically have lightened up a bit though in mroe recent years in general I think. I think we have only a certain limit/capacity to get too heavy or serious musically in generl over time, and then the cycle swings the other way.
The world in general would probably be well served if it could somehow just lighten up a bit more overall down the road. :-)
Even a lot of Moody Blues music starting in the very early 80's sets a generally happy tone. I know most of it makes me very happy! Most of the blatant cerebral aspects of their earlier classic 7 albums was gone, though they continued to write intelligent music that was also generally more "fun" and light. I like it all but which more exactly depends on my mood of the day mostly I suppose.
MOFI I'm still enjoying Steely Dan on radio. VSOLLOZZO, thats a goldmine. I don't know Zoom Zoom Bacala-but will check it out. I am sort of hoping guys will post specific albums or CD's with titles. As a record, CD-(well, music) collector it's what I'm used to-especially when you get into Classical and favorite interpretations. For example I'm liking some Carl Maria von Weber tonight on a Cascade Medienproduktions CD #40 of a boxed set "Famous Composers".Elizabeth Ganter on clarinet, Jiri Malat conducting. The Rondo from Concerto #1 for Clarinet & Orchestra . The Polacca from Concerto #2 and the Theme Andante from the Concertino Op. 26. Carefree playing.
I think my three Gabor Boldoczki albums are about as uplifting (i.e. happy) to listen to as anything I have ever heard. It isn't "playground fun" but more like the happiness you get from Ode to Joy or The Messiah done well. The albums are listed below:
Gloria arrived in the mail today and is currently playing as my wife and I sit on the couch together. It is a rare CD that I don't end up being told to turn it down and this is one of the rare ones. Trumpet and organ make a fantastic duo.