All right, before I continue, you must check out these two links. I know they have made their way around the Internet and you have probably seen them already, but wow… I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them. And yes, I judged both books on their covers, so shame on me.
I had seen the one of Paul before… but Susan was a surprise…
These songs are no less joyous than my previous list… but some are, perhaps, a little slower.
The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows.” Most of the songs on this list seem to be more upbeat and a bit more “electric,” but this is one of my favorite songs all time and is simply stunning.
Bob Marley – “Three Little Birds”
Cat Stevens – “Don’t Be Shy”
Elton John – “Tiny Dancer.” This song became extra joyous from the bus scene in Almost Famous.
Gram Parsons – “She”
Flight of the Conchords – “Carol Brown” (Funny as all hell, but actually quite a beautiful song, too!)
Fountains of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom.” This is what some might consider a novelty song, but it is hard not tog et caught up in the fun of it.
Frank Zappa – “Watermelon in Easter Hay.” One of the most beautiful songs you will ever hear!
Jackie Greene – “So Hard to Find My Way”
Jake Shimabukuro – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” For me it is more about the video on You Tube, when he was maybe 17… What a virtuoso… Seek it out.
Harry Chapin – “Corey’s Music”
Indigo Girls – “Galileo”
The Jayhawks – “Blue”
Jeff Buckley – Since one is a cover, I am going with “Last Goodbye” and his version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.
Jellyfish – “That Is Why”
Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”
Jimmy Buffet – “Volcano.” If music should be fun, than Jimmy is the king.
Jimmy Cliff – “Let Your Yeah Be Yeah.”
Jimmy Webb – Arguably one of the greatest songwriters ever… and his version of his own “Wichita Lineman” is a stunner.
Joan Osbourne – “St. Theresa.”
Joe Jackson – “Breaking Us In Two.” While probably not “joyous” this song is one of my faves.
Joe Strummer – Johnny Appleseed
John Denver – “This Old Guitar.” You doubt me? Give it a listen.
John Hiatt – “Have A Little Faith in Me”
John Lennon – “Instant Karma” and “Whatever Gets You Through the Night.” You try picking only two! Come on!
John Prine – “All the Best.” One of the best there is!!!
John Waite – “Change” and “Missing You.” Maybe it’s the flashback to my youth, but both these songs rock me out.
John Wesley Harding – “I’m Wrong About Everything” and “Kiss Me Miss Liberty.” Yes, he used to be a friend of mine, but objectively he is a fantastic songwriter and musician and a great guy.
Johnny Cash – Where do I start? Here are three of my faves… “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire” and “Get Rhythm”
Joni Mitchell – “For Free.” How can this song not inspire you???
Journey – “Any Way You Want It.” There are many fun songs, but this is the one that get s you moving the fastest.
Jules Shear – “Listen to What She Say,” and “Bird In That Cage.” Don’t know him? Check out Healing Bones… great from start to finish.
TO BE CONTINUED…