Around five years ago, I was taking the A train downtown to West 4th Street. It was my usual early morning and I was in my final semester of grad school. I was feeling edgy, having taken on a project at a professor’s request that turned out to be several dozen more hours worth of work than I had anticipated, in addition to applying for jobs and considering a move.
Like any self-respecting New York resident, I had my earbuds in. I don’t remember what moved me to do it, but I put my music on shuffle. The first song that came on was “Take it Easy” by the Eagles. (“Take it easy, take it easy/Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy/Lighten up while you still can/Don’t even try to understand/
Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy.”)
OK, shuffle. I’m listening.
Then came “You Get What You Give,” one of my favorite late Millenia tunes that is highly underrated, in my opinion.
I soon started to stash away songs for the playlist I labeled “Attitude Adjustment.” What followed was an assortment of initially random, then carefully curated tunes to turn my day from “dreading it” to “hm… ok, maybe.”
Today, I share that list with you.
- The Eagles, “Take it Easy”
- New Radicals, “You Get What You Give”
- Florence and the Machine, “Shake It Out”
- Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”
- Lit, “My Own Worst Enemy”
- Meatloaf, “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights”
- Smash Mouth, “All Star”
- Toploader, “Dancin in the Moonlight”
- Bruce Springsteen, “Born to Run”
- The Who, “Pinball Wizard”
- The Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz”
- Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”
- Beyonce, “Run the World”
- Harvey Danger, “Flagpole Sitta”
- Blink 182, “What’s My Age Again?
- No Doubt, “Just a Girl”
- Hair, “I’ve Got Life”
- Adele, “Rumor Has It”
- Peter Gabriel, “Down to Earth”
- Van Morrison, “Brown Eyed Girl”
- Michael Jackson, “Blame It On the Boogie”
- The Wonders, “That Thing You Do!”
- The Beatles, “Twist and Shout”