It’s one by Taylor Leonhardt, called, “Happy or Whatever“.
I’d never heard of her until the most recent episode of The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, where her song, “The Bridge” was featured as the closing tune.
I liked the sound of it, so I looked her up, saw that, “Happy or Whatever” was actually her number one song, and hit play.
I love this song because it’s about a topic that not many people write songs about: contentment and comparison!
A little snippet:
I’m on the other side of the glass
Looking at the life they have
Ain’t it so much better
It’s always easier to believe
It’s easy for them to be
Happy or whatever
And I love this part too:
Why do I do this
Play a game I keep losing
It’s all so elusive
The closer I get, the target keeps moving
There’s a whole blog post rolling around in my brain about that last line, but I might put that on my main blog, since I talk a lot about contentment over there.
Anyway! I like a lot of her other songs from that album too, although, a warning: if you have a pet that you love, “Someday You’re Gonna Leave Me” will probably make you cry.
Somewhere I heard the song “Someday You’re Gonna Leave Me” and I did cry.
My favorite song right now? That’s a hard one, since I don’t usually have ONE favorite and they stay with me, rather than get replaced with a new favorite. I’d have to say my very favorite songs I enjoy are – Christmas carols, and the older, the better.
Oh gosh, I can’t say that I have a current favorite but I do have a bunch that are on regular play around these parts.
Tecumseh Valley – Townes Van Zandt
Vincent – Don McLean
Love’s Been Good to Me – Rod McKuen
On the Sea of Galilee – The Carter Family
Right now I have on “Hickory Wind” by The Byrds. I also really like Emmylou Harris’s cover of it.
If we’re talking songs we sing, you can regularly catch me singing “Get Along Little Dogies,” “Wayfairing Stranger,” “Beautiful Dreamer” and “Low Bridge aka Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal”
“There’s Only Two Things That Money Can’t Buy (And That’s True Love and Home-Grown Tomatoes”)
Molly F. C. says
Hmmm, I don’t have a favorite song right now but I do have a favorite radio station. I subscribe to Sirius XM, not necessarily frugal but I cannot abide the interruptions of regular radio, so subscribe I do. Anyway, I love when the Billy Joel channel returns. It makes me very happy. It is on Channel 70 right now for anyone who is a subscriber.
– Alpha and Omega by the Gaither Vocal Band
– Across the Lines by Tracy Chapman (but I love pretty much all of Tracy Chapman’s songs)