It’s Ryan Adams Week! Just kidding. That was last month. But, as you may recall, “Ryan Adams Week” lasted all of two songs. Which really isn’t enough time spent with our ex-boyfriend Ryan Adams.
Because this is a #ShowerAnthem, we’ve linked the album version of Chin Up, Cheer Up. It’s extra skippy. But the live version of the same song (with the Cardinals), would make a fine #tubtune. Just thinking out loud here.
Two weeks ago, we introduced the after-work #ShowerAnthem. This is not a song for relaxation—that’s the tub tune—but it’s also not as directed as the standard shower anthem. It is meant for waking reflection and post-work play. It’s all about initiating that transition, from day to night. You shower. You take a walk. You have a different day. Two in one.
By the by, we love this new(ish) Best Coast album. There’s a song for every occasion on this thing and not a few #ShowerAnthems, but “Let’s Go Home” is perfectly suited for today’s early evening needs.
Can we declare it Ryan Adams week and only post way too many tunes by our ex-boyfriend Ryan Adams?
Ex? Yes, he’s the first boy we ever fell for. Our first love. But he breaks hearts (!). He lets us down. Rock N’ Roll was a let down, no? But the worst part, the part that makes that first love the hardest (PART) to get over, is how good he can be. How he always leaves us with a dollop of hope. Hope sprinkles. So Alive is such a sprinkle of hope. On an otherwise disappointing album, we’re still left seeing the good, we’re still left thinking that maybe he’ll change, he’ll do better next time.
I don’t know why, but today seems like it’s gonna be a great day. There’s something in the air that makes me feel like things are gonna go my way. The birds are chirping tweedly-deet, the sun is shining bright!
Everybody, together now!
There’s a skip in my step, a pip in my pep, and I don’t know why!
Joy! That song brings us much joy. We sing it (silently) so often. ( Really whenever it’s sunny. It’s a problem.) We wish we could all—all of the internet—sing it together. Alas, the internet is not awesome at sing-alongs.
Silent sings-alongs make for a swell day. Especially on the subway. A little Heaven on Earth, if you will. Also a swell-day maker. Just what the #ShowerAnthem is here for. Makin it swell. Get this one in your head and sing silently all the way to and fro work. That’s an order.
“Hold me underwater. Teach me how to breath.”
Of course we were going to tack this onto a Bathroom playlist. But which?
Lyrically, perhaps, it’s more like a #tubtune than a #showeranthem. Reflective, simple. But Diamond Rings always brings The Anthem. His sound requires a fist pump and a cleansing. It makes you want to wake up and be you and dance around being you, no? To start fresher, become cleaner, newer, you-er. Yup, #showeranthem.
A darn fine introduction-to-the-day song and a forever favorite (somewhere in the Regina top five). REGINA knows how to #ShowerAnthem, you bet she does. Also great during teeth brushing time.
FRUSTRATION! Don’t let it happen to you! Japandroids recommend telling your frustration to shove it. “To go to hell,” if you will.
We agree! If the frustration is, you know, not the person that pays your living wage. If the frustration is your boss, we do not recommend this approach. We do, however, recommend jumping up and down, pre and post shower, to this song on any especially tough early morning. Jump, shower, pat dry, jump. It’s good fun and awfully empowering.
Be saucy and spicy and send your resume out to the the four corners of the earth, but be nice. No bridge burning, is what we say. Our two cents. But to each his own, no? We just happen to think that this will get you the things you want. Also, not for nothing, but smelling good (and a bit like Brigette Bardot) doesn’t hurt either.
It’s not exactly anthemic. Not our typical belt-it-out #showeranthem. But it sounds like morning, like a starting out #showersong. The birds and kids on the playground and the sun. Can you hear the sun? We hear dawn. And maybe even Paul Simon and a whispering “In a Big Country” and subtle notes of Chris Isaak.
Oh, and Hot Chip.
Today is the last day of spring; tomorrow is summer. It seems appropriate to have this wishing, chanting #showersong usher us out.