Elevator Music

Tunes guaranteed to lift you out of the dumps

| May / June 2003

Music, as much as any form of human expression, zeroes right in on our emotions. Today, with war and a wobbling economy on top of the usual unavoidable cyclical downturns in our personal lives, the time seems right to remember those happy songs that can keep us going. So we put our heads together to draw up a list of favorites that help remind us of what's good about the world and why, all evidence to the contrary, it's worth getting out of bed in the morning . . . .

Amazing Grace (John Newton)
A slave trader, Newton had a spiritual awakening during a storm at sea, gave up the trade, and wrote this great hymn about it.
-Jon Spayde

The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (Simon and Garfunkel)
It's short, it's sweet, and it "makes the moment last."
-Christina Clarkson

What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
"I hear babies cryin" / I watch them grow / They'll learn much more than I'll ever know / And I think to myself / What a wonderful world"
-Kai Hagen



Kiss of Life (Sade)
The perfect soundtrack for falling in love.
-Anjula Razdan

Ironic (Alanis Morissette)
The way she puts words to many of the problems of daily life makes them somehow less frustrating.
-Leif Utne