Most of us have songs that creep around the borders of our psyche. Usually, they are songs associated with an event, or a person, or a place. I have a bunch of them, ranging from life events (“I Miss the Mountains,” from the musical “Next to Normal”) to places (“Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” — or anything by Jimmy Buffett, really) to people (“For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her,” by Simon and Garfunkel).
But there is one song that I have come to think of as my song. It’s not associated with any particular place, or person, or event. I have no idea when it became so ingrained in my soul. It just is.
Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch….
That’s right. “Birdhouse in Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants. It finds its way on to many of my playlists. It is on my “Five Songs to Take to a Desert Island” list. One of my best Christmas presents ever was when the Rocket Scientist gave me a blue canary night light and spent the next day re-wiring the light switch so it had an outlet next to it. I do, indeed, have a blue canary in the outlet by the light switch.
This song makes me irrationally happy.
What are your happy songs?