Just about everyone believes in the power of music, so I won’t really spend much time building an argument here; rather, I will share my own experience from back in the days when I had all the free music that I wanted at my fingertips, courtesy of the Original Napster. I loved making playlists for all occasions, from “Girl Power!!” to “8AM Classes” to “Clay is my American Idol.” I triumphantly emerged from a breakup during my freshman year of college thanks to the great song by Sister Hazel called “Thank You” (chorus: You were the one/who taught me what I don’t need/and I thank you for that/Now just leave me alone).
I hadn’t tapped into to the power of music lately, until I bought the January issue of Real Simple for my plane trip to Florida. One of the articles made the case that everyone should have a “theme song” that they can sing at times when they need reassurance, such as on the way to a job interview or in preparing for a difficult conversation. The idea is that you choose a song that makes you feel energized and confident, and helps you to put your best foot forward, like listening to Jock Jams in the locker room. The author had chosen “I Will Survive,” and she also suggested such songs as “Footloose,” “Let’s Get it Started,” and “Life is a Highway.” It can either be just a peppy song, or a song that reminds you of a particularly powerful moment in your life.
So I’ve been trying to think of my own theme song. I think I can use one especially now, where I’m facing going back to work after a holiday, significant personal transition, plus the regular January blahs. Here are some of the contenders, along with audio tracks if they were available:
“I Have Confidence in Me” from the Sound of Music
“Tub Thumping” by Chumbawumba (high school classic, mainly for the chorus)
“Joyful, Joyful” from Sister Act II
“Jump (for my love)” by the Pointer Sisters
(if you’ve ever seen Hugh Grant shake his booty to this one, you know why this makes the list)
See? It’s working! I’m energized already.