Blissful Bebop

*Disclaimer: Title was composed solely for its alliteration value.  There is no bebop in the following text – continue reading at risk of disappointment.*

I have been attempting to be more mindful these days.  Instead of remaining under the thumb of my worries and woes, I am making a concentrated effort to bask in the beauty of the “little things.”  Sidenote: I have been struck (and by struck, I do mean thunderstruck – THWACK!!!) with such a feeling of déjà vu, that I am uncertain whether I have previously written a similar declaration . . . Perhaps I merely dreamed about doing so . . . 

I am thankful for so much.  Even when I’m knee-deep in the funkiest of funks, I constantly remind myself of my good fortune, despite the misfortunes I currently face.  Blessings: I have a roof over my head; I have never known what it is to be hungry / starving; I am employed; I have access to hot, clean, running water; my body allows me to run; my Radin; I am able to read; I can write; I love and am loved; I have both of my parents.  As you can read, my blessings list is quite long, and for that, I am fortunate – more so than many.

So, my pledge to be more mindful is to find a newfound joy in the “little things” that I tend to overlook day-to-day.  For the past two days, my Pandora has been streaming the 90s Pop Radio station, and I am blissed.  I was 5 – 15 years old in the 90s, and to this day, I associate so many memories from my childhood with the music of that time.  Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping was at its peak when Mainers were entombed in ice and without electricity for weeks on end (1998).  At 8YOA, I was viewed, by my peers, as a music prodigy because I could play Ace of Base’s The Sign on the flute (1993).

I am astounded by the number of lyrics I remember from this decade!  (I cannot seem to learn a song from today).  Until recently (yesterday – today), I had forgotten about many of the melodies shuffling through this Pandora station.  I have compiled a list (below) of some of the ditties that have made me euphoric and nostalgic.  Enjoy!

Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman

Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something

The Sign – Ace of Base

Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

Lovefool – The Cardigans

Bitch – Meredith Brooks

What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes

Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band

Wannabe – Spice Girls

Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice

All The Small Things – blink-182

Closing Time – Semisonic

Wonderwall – Oasis

You’re A God – Vertical Horizon

Two Princes – Spin Doctors

Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind

Barely Breathing – Duncan Sheik

How Bizarre – OMC

What It’s Like – Everlast

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

Hold My Hand – Hootie & The Blowfish

Jumper – Third Eye Blind

Name – The Goo Goo Dolls

One Headlight – The Wallflowers

Another Night – The Real McCoy

No Rain – Blind Melon

You Learn – Alanis Morissette

If You Could Only See – Tonic

Waterfalls – TLC

Hand In My Pocket – Alanis Morissette

What Is Love – Haddaway

No Scrubs – TLC

Follow You Down – Gin Blossoms

Inside Out – Eve 6

All For Your – Sister Hazel

Santeria – Sublime

Roll To Me – Del Amitri

You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette

Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

December – Collective Soul

Slide – The Goo Goo Dolls

Push – Matchbox Twenty

Never Let You Go – Third Eye Blind

Meet Virginia – Train

This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan

Ironic – Alanis Morissette

Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls

Can’t Help Falling In Love – UB40(‘s version)

I Want You – Savage Garden

Hold On – Wilson Phillips

Intergalactic – Beastie Boys

Baby, I Love Your Way – Big Mountain(‘s version)

To Be With You – Mr. Big

Tubthumping – Chumbawamba

Steal My Sunshine – Len

I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis

Walkin’ On The Sun – Smash Mouth

Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

More Than Words – Extreme

Wild World – Mr. Big

Creep – TLC

Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger

Come Out And Play – The Offspring

Basket Case – Green Day

What I Got – Sublime

Santa Monica – Everclear

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Jump Around – House Of Pain

Brain Stew – Green Day

You Were Meant For Me – Jewel

Caress Me Down – Sublime

Stay (I Missed You) – Lisa Loeb