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11 Songs For Joy (2016)

11 songs for joy (and the people feeling it)

I’ve spent the past few months chasing happiness. Amidst the triumphant bagel selfies, utterly incredible cultural experiences and time spent with people I love, I’ve also spent this time indulging my avoidant tendencies, using them as an excuse to irrationally continue the very behavior that makes me unhappy.

But I am trying! Maybe I am too negative, or maybe I just have a healthy, balanced outlook on life. Within this era of social media expression, it seems like you have to choose sides between an incessantly chirpy attitude versus a tone that’s drenched in sarcasm and snark… Yet, in reality, we all experience a wide range of emotions, and damnit, we shouldn’t feel “guilty” about expressing a sincere thought.

This playlist is my attempt to 100% embrace the positive aspects of life, no matter how cheesy they make me feel. You might even say that these are my fight songs, my take-back-my-life songs, and I don’t even care if nobody else believes (but you might also roll your eyes while saying that, which is okay).

So without further ado, I present 11 Songs For Joy (And The People Feeling It).




If you’re having trouble with the player above, head over here to listen directly on Spotify. If you don’t have Spotify, I’ll be sharing audio of each song individually on Twitter with the hashtag #SongsForJoy16. And if you don’t have Spotify or Twitter, I guess you can click the links below to listen to each song individually on YouTube?

(The point is, you have options, and I am the best form providing you with them. Please thank me by showering me in awards, retweets and cash money. Preferably all three.)

Gotta Facebook “WOW” button myself for how boring the second half of this introduction is! Here’s the part where I spend an awkwardly long amount of time discussing each song, so get out your pillows and take a nap.

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it’s been a long time

This is probably the longest hiatus I’ve ever taken from It’s The Money Shot. If not, it sure as hell feels like it. Truthfully, there hasn’t been a single week since my last post where I haven’t thought to myself, “Gee, I should really get back to writing about music. Or writing about the feelings I feel when I listen to music, because I never quite felt like someone who writes about music. I just have a lot of feelings.” I’d hold onto that thought for a few minutes. Hold onto it tightly! And then I’d get distracted by something shiny.

Alas, this pattern has gone on for too long, and it’s come to the point where I need to tell those shiny things, “You’re not that interesting! You are just shiny! I love music, and you can’t stop me from writing about it, even if I have literally no clue what I’m talking about.”

But things have to be different this time around. As some of you are aware, I’ve often included doodles in my posts here—some inspired by the songs at hand, others haphazardly paired with a random artist of my choice. This method led to a decidedly artistic spinoff project known as “The Twist”, in which I made drawings based on classic rock, pop and R&B tracks. It was trucking along nicely, and then…

I got overwhelmed. I got discouraged. I got, well, I’m not really sure what I got, but it didn’t bode well for any non-professional projects in my life. Moving forward, I need to commit myself to both It’s The Money Shot and “The Twist”, without either distracting from the other. So what am I trying to say? No more doodles, for now. This blog is returning to its roots of the music, the feelings, the music, the feelings, the music, the feelings and the blah-zay-blah-di-dah.

Are you ready? I said, ARE YOU READY?

Guys? Er, guys? Gals? Other folks who don’t conform to either gender? This is the part where you’re supposed to shout back into my face, “I’M READY!!”

Tomorrow kicks off with a series of posts, highlighting bands I enjoy who didn’t receive anywhere near enough attention in 2011. Oh, and in the very near future, there’ll be an exclusive premiere that will knock your socks off. Seriously! You should head to the stores and take advantage of those post-Black Friday deals, because you’re going to need some extra pairs of socks.

pardon the mess.

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