Hence today's Music Monday post. The nights are drawing in, mornings greet us with a blanket of pitch black skies and a chill in the air and as we mourn the loss of another weekend, all many of us want to do is stay tucked up safe and warm under the covers.
Of course there's nothing necessarily wrong with that, but if we're going to get anywhere in the ongoing pursuit of awesome, we've got to shake off the covers, face the world anew and rise to the challenge.
If you're struggling with that today, here's five songs to lift your spirits and send you out into the world with a smile on your face and belly bursting with enthusiasm.
1) The Boo Radleys - Wake Up Boo
Talk about a big happy slap in the face on a Monday morning, just take a quick listen to this song and tell me it doesn't fill you with cheer.
Those '90s bands sure were a chirpy bunch, weren't they? Following on from The Boo Radleys, Supergrass keep the momentum going with another uplifting number that should send you off into the world feeling..well..Alright.
Jeramiah Ferrari are by far one of the most exciting, joyous young bands to come along in a long while. I've known the band for some time now and worked with them on occasion, and can testify that they're just as fun to listen to on record (or Spotify, as it were) as they are live.
4) Frank Turner - The Road No matter what former Million Dead singer talks about in his songs, he always manages to make it sound so positive, so vibrant, so full of wonder and wisdom. The Road is no different, and if the words themselves don't convince you that you're ready for anything, the tune certainly will!
5) Gotthard - Yippie Aye Yay
'Yay! Yay! Yippie Aye Yay!' doesn't that such scream radiant, positive vibes at you? Accompanied by a huge, hefty guitar riff and a pounding beat, this is the kind of song that forces even those ademently aposed to rock 'n' roll to stomp a foot, nod a head and have some fun. Trust me on this one, Yippie Aye Yay will make you smile.
Have your own thoughts on uplifting songs to make the cold Mondays of winter seem a little brighter? I'd love to hear them.