5 Songs From The '80s To Listen To On A Sunny Day

5 Songs From The '80s To Listen To On A Sunny Day

There are times that one cannot really predict how the weather is going turn out the next day or so, but one can always prepare a list of songs to hear especially for a sunny day.

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There are times that one cannot really predict how the weather is going turn out the next day or so, but one can always prepare a list of songs to hear especially for a sunny day. A sunny day, for me, is usually when I am in the best of moods and have a very positive attitude while the sun shines greatly on nature and the sky is beautifully blue. Now also being a fan of the songs from the 1980s, I have realized that I always put up these songs to hear whenever there is a sunny day. Here is my list of the top five songs from the 1980s that I enjoy hearing during a sunny day:

1. "Heaven Is A Place on Earth" by Belinda Carlisle

A great pop song to hear at the start of a sunny day. With her optimistic lyrics about "heaven" being "a place on Earth" gives an appreciation to love nature and "Earth," the planet that is full of people that can give love unconditionally. In addition to her lively tone in her voice, Belinda Carlisle reminds me of another message that we should also appreciate the feeling of love, especially appreciate the joys from love's existence. Love is what really what makes Earth such a happy place to live in and this song makes me feel glad that I exist on this lovely Earth.

2. "Modern Girl" By Sheena Easton

Through its pop tones and chimes, Sheena Easton sings her catchy lyrics to tell us even though a girl has daily responsibilities to support herself and being a relationship, there is always time for her to enjoy life freely and be like a "modern girl." For me, it also makes me question what my definition of a "modern girl" is. However, just being myself and do the things I like to do while I am a young "modern girl" before having a life full of responsibilities and a relationship is an excellent way to create the definition. It is a perfect song for girls to become motivated by not wasting any time and do things that they love to do while they are young. At the same time, it's an easy song to dance to!

3. "Man in the Mirror" By Michael Jackson

The King of Pop sings a hopeful song about "making a change." At first glance of the title, I thought to myself of seeing if I become the person I want to be especially when Michael Jackson sings, "Take a look at yourself, and then make a change." I also question what kind of "changes." For me, I think of "changes" that make me become the better and best person I can be. Another perspective, this song makes me feel like I want to become a hero to myself and others. Through its gospel-like chorus and upbeat lyrics, the song becomes very powerful to me. This song also delivers that "change" is possible and that there is hope and an answer to solve all the problems that the world still has. This song will always remain one of my favorite songs from the King of Pop.

4. "It Might Be You" By Stephen Bishop

For me, sometimes it is nice to daydream about romance and what kind of person to be with. At the same time, the song demonstrates the wonders of love and question of how it is to be in love when he sings directly, "Looking back as lovers go walking past" and "All of my life, wondering how they met and what makes it last." Stephen Bishop also captures that hopeful feeling for people who do not find the right person yet and there are possibilities when he sings, "Something's telling me it might be you." It is a nice romantic song to walk leisurely on a sunny day especially when it begins, "Time, I've been passing time watching trains go by." It also encourages me not to lose hope and that there will be a special and perfect someone for me. Also, this song also suggests to let love takes it time and that love will come to me when I am ready especially when the lyrics go "I think we're gonna need some time" and "Maybe all we need is time." If one did not watch my favorite 1982 film, "Tootsie," which is where the song comes from, you will miss out the interesting surprises about love, especially that the story depicts an actor who dresses up as a woman to keep his job and find himself falling for an actress but cannot tell her that he is a man. With this film in mind, while hearing the song, the song becomes one of the most beautiful 80's love songs to hear during a sunny day.

5. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" By Starship

With its fast drumming sounds at the beginning which are followed by a mixture of pop sounds, it's so simple to fall in love and sing along with the song. Just like the title and chorus parts of the song, for me, it serves as a strong motivation on achieving my dreams and goals. This strong message of motivation becomes more effective if one watches the 1987 film that I love, "The Mannequin" which the song comes from, depicts a creative boy, who is hopeless in getting a job, finally gets a job at a store and falls in love with a mannequin girl who becomes human at night and helps him make the store a stylish place that everyone loves to come for shopping. Together with the film and the song, they both deliver that one can also find success and motivation not from themselves but from the people who assists and supports you all the way. Overall, this is the ultimate song that one should hear on a sunny day when the positive attitude and feelings start to overflows inside!

Hear these songs from the 80s to enjoy your sunny day!

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15 Country Songs From The 2000s To Listen To On Repeat

From George Strait to Lee Ann Womack.
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I was raised on country music; I was raised on its sound, its message, and its culture.

Driving home from church on a Sunday, country music was playing. Driving down a back road with friends, country music was blaring from the speakers. Washing the car with dad, country music could be heard in the background.

Country music, over the years, has offered many messages for its audience. There are many country songs from the 2000s that we all know, love, and should live by.

Here are just a few:

1. "People Are Crazy" - Billy Currington (2008)

"Then I heard the ol' man say, 'God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.'"

Never ever forget this.

2. "A Different World" - Bucky Covington (2007)

"Not every kid made the team when they tried. We got disappointed, but that was alright. We turned out alright."

Life isn't handed to you. Healthy competion builds charaacter.

3. "Red Dirt Road" - Brooks and Dunn (2003)

"It's where I found Jesus. Where I wrecked my first car, I tore it all to pieces. I learned the path to heaven is full of sinners and believers. Learned that happiness on earth ain't just for high achievers."

Life is a journey...embark.

4. "Chicken Fried" - Zac Brown Band (2008)

"It's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the most. Not where you live, what you drive, or the price tag on your clothes. There's no dollar sign on a peace of mind, this I've come to know."

Money isn't everything.

5. "This One's For The Girls" - Martina McBride (2003)

"This one's for the girls who've ever had a broken heart, who've wished upon a shooting star. You're beautiful the way you are. This one's for the girls who love without holdin' back, who dream with everything they have."

My anthem to this day.

You are good enough.

6. "Don't Blink" - Kenny Chesney (2007)

"Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you wake up and you're twenty-five...next thing you know your better half of fifty years is there in bed and you're praying God takes you instead. Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think So, don't blink."

Time flies. Enjoy it.

7. "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" - Tracey Lawrence (2007)

"You find out who your friends are. Somebody's gonna drop everything, Run out and crank up their car, hit the gas, get there fast, never stop to think 'what's in it for me?' or 'it's way too far.' They just show on up with their big old heart."

Pick your friends wisely.

8. "I Saw God Today" - George Strait (2008)

"I've been to church. I've read the book. I know He's there, but I don't look near as often as I should. His fingerprints are everywhere. I just look down and stop and stare, open my eyes and then, I swear, I saw God today."

He's always there.

9. "I Hope You Dance" - Lee Ann Womack (2000)

"I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens. Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance, and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance...I hope you dance."

Live.

10. "American Soldier" - Toby Keith (2003)

"Freedom don't come free. "

11. "You're Gonna Miss This" - Trace Atkins (2007)

"You're gonna miss this. You're gonna want this back. You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast."

Enjoy every moment.

12. "Good Directions" - Billy Currington (2007)

"Way up yonder past the caution light, there's a little country store with an old Coke sign.You gotta stop in and ask Miss Bell for some of her sweet tea!"

Drink as much sweet tea as you can.

13. "Forever and Ever, Amen" - Randy Travis (2009)

"If you wonder how long I'll be faithful, I'll be happy to tell you again. I'm gonna love you forever and ever, forever and ever, amen."

Find real love.

14. "That's What I Love About Sunday" - Craig Morgan (2005)

That's what I love about Sunday: Sing along as the choir sways, every verse of Amazin' Grace, and then we shake the Preacher's hand. Go home, into your blue jeans. Have some chicken and' some baked beans. Pick a back yard football team, not do much of anything."

Appreciate every Sunday.

15. "Where Were You" - Alan Jackson (2002)

"I watch CNN, but I'm not sure I can tell you the difference in Iraq and Iran. But I know Jesus and I talk to God, and I remember this from when I was young: faith, hope, and love are some good things He gave us, and the greatest is love."

Never forget.

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Woodstock 50 Years Later

'Woodstock 50' will try, but it just cannot be done.

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It is now a widely known fact that Michael Lang, one of the original founders of Woodstock 1969, will be putting on another three-day festival this August. While all intentions are pure, the festival simply cannot recreate the magic of the original Woodstock - nothing could.

in no way am I revealing any distaste or a lack of excitement pertaining to Woodstock 50. I am more than excited, like a music festival fanatic. But, after doing a history research paper on Woodstock '69, it is exceedingly apparent that the original Woodstock was a product of its time that encapsulated the counterculture emotions rather than a deliberately planned event with specific intentions.

Woodstock '69 was a festival that arose from the despair and violence plaguing the world at the time along with the defeat of the subculture's dissent. After trying everything, this group of youth decided to remove themselves rather than conform and join together at this specific time, in Bethel Woods, New York and celebrate their own values, beliefs, and culture - one of peace.

This was something unique. Something special. Something that could not ever be replicated.

This year, we will gather in Upstate New York again and celebrate the legacy of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. Except for this year, the tickets will be hundreds of dollars, if it is anything like Woodstock '99, some violence will arise, and peace will not be the main focus. This year, it isn't about the counterculture celebrating themselves and collectively recognizing their values that resist the establishment, but more about the Instagram pictures, the money, and being able to say you saw Jay-Z in concert.

Woodstock 1969 was what it was because of those who attended, the climate in which it arose, those who performed, and the free love, wildly peaceful vibes it promoted. We can try to replicate it, but it simply cannot be done. This was the perfect storm that formed and could only be sustained by a specific population.

All of this aside, Woodstock 50 will still be an amazing experience with amazing performers. However, we cannot be fooled into thinking Woodstock '69 wasn't a once in a lifetime thing.

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