On The Brighter Side

Hello ladies and gents. boys and girls, just pretty much anybody.

Well it’s been a difficult week or so; car accidents (don’t panic it was a very minor kerfuffle), sorting out my final days of work, and slowly resolving some issues from my past.  That is not what this post is about, in fact it’s quite the opposite.  Instead of wallowing in self pity, as is so easy to do in these situations, I’ve been trying to think about those elements that bring a smile to my face.

New Music, New Mood

One of the first things I consider a kick up the arse and gets me into a better mood is discovering a new band/songs that can completely alter how I’m feeling. This can be anything from listening to the upbeat and loud tones of ska bands like Reel Big Fish, to the sultry tones of a recent discovery Gregory Porter.

Reel Big Fish, hold specific significance for me as years ago I was going through some rough times and a friend introduced me to them.  The mixture of a rocking horn section and fun lyrics always brings a smile to my face even now.

The latter is a recent discovery for me; Gregory Pointer is a baritone jazz/soul singer based in Brooklyn and can lift my mood whether he’s singing a slow ballad or an upbeat swing track.  He’s been featured on Later with Jools Holland (another favourite of mine), is signed up to Blue Note Records, and always wears a modified flat cap which he refers to as his “Jazz hat”.

There are many other songs that cheer me up but it’s these two that really stick out in my mind at the moment.  Does anyone have this, and if so what songs/artists?

Friends and Family

This may sound like a pretty obvious one, but it’s taken me a long time to really appreciate the effect these can have on your mood.  The realisation only came to me recently when I hit a rather big low in my life, but these wonderful people have supported me and made me smile just when I needed it.  Now don’t go fetching the tissues and getting all soppy on me, this isn’t some Hugh Grant romcom, and besides this is meant to be a happy post.  So smile goddamn it!

The times I feel most at ease and happy are often when I’m spending time with my friends and family, be it just sat watching a film with my dad (my mum will instantly fall asleep within the opening credits), or going down the pub with my friends spending the night with good company and good drinks.

A Clean Swing

It’s a pretty simplistic feeling of satisfaction and achievement when you accomplish this one.  A clean, straight golf swing.  Golf is a past time that has become a great way for me to zone out and relax in the past few years.  My introduction to the sport came from my late Grandad, who over the years taught me how to hold a club to how to analyse my swing. The man was never in the game to become a pro, he just liked the feeling of getting out on a course and being able to hit a ball cleanly. I can fully appreciate this, there is something quite pure about hearing the ‘pop’ of a driver connecting with the ball and watching it fly straight to where you wanted it.

So this has just been a few little aspects of life that stop me from ever getting too down when it feels like everything is going wrong.

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

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