Mondays are stupid. Realest of talk.
Why would anyone want to give up the good vibrations and chill candor that the freakin' weekend brings just to get lost in work/school for another five days? Alas, that's how society works, and we all just have to go with the flow. No matter how tepid the waters may get.
However, if there's one thing that has the ability to lift the spirits of even the most hard-hearted of people, it's music. It's the medicine of the soul, and can be prescribed by anyone; not just licensed musicologists.
Here's a few of my favorite songs that I hope will change your Monday mood in minutes. If they don't help, then don't say I didn't try.
1. "Rainy Days and Mondays" – The Carpenters: Granted, this isn't the happiest song in the world, but you're going to complain about the impending week anyway, so why not do it with a soundtrack? Plus, Karen Carpenter had the voice of an angel. That's a term used a lot these days, but in her case, she might as well have been followed by a cherub that would play the harp any time she opened her mouth.
2. "You Get What You Give" – New Radicals: Now that you've got your wallowing out of the way, remind yourself that this is your day, and its success depends on your effort. "YGWYG's" fast paced guitar strumming and infectious hook could get Grandpa Joe out of bed faster than a golden ticket hidden in a Wonka bar.
3. "$" – D.R.A.M. feat Donnie Trumpet: Like the hook says, "$" is that stuff that make someone get off their butt and get money. Well, that's a cleaner version of it, but it's all the same. If you need any justification not to skip work for the day, this would do the trick. Also, Donnie Trumpet's horn blowing is a national treasure.
4. "It Was a Good Day" – Ice Cube: Cube will forever be one of the greatest storytellers to pick up a mic. His ability to recount the events of his day and make even the most mundane of happenings sound exciting is one of the greatest testaments to that fact. So, when it's all said and done, take a moment to reflect upon how good your day was. You may not have messed around and gotten a triple-double, but I'm sure there's still a lot for you to be thankful for.
5. "Tuesday Afternoon" – The Moody Blues: Despite their name, The Moody Blues knew how to make a day of the week sound more appealing than it probably is in real life. Their ethereal sound and dream-like lyrics are perfect to fall asleep to, and the song as a whole gives an air of mystery and excitement to a Tuesday afternoon. It'll give you something to look forward to, as you get one step closer to the weekend.
It's apparent that Kanye's been getting it done in the studio recently.
He dropped "Facts" last week on Soundcloud, which I'm sorry to say, isn't his best work. It's basically just a Nike diss track/cover of "Jumpman," which virtually everyone, including the transcendent Based God, has reworked since its release.
I mean, Ye's energy is high on the track, which is appreciated, but there's no substance. Just a lot of shade and references to current events and figures (Cosby, Odell Beckham, etc.)
As if that weren't enough, he uploaded "Real Friends" and a short nugget of "No More Parties," a collab with Kendrick Lamar, earlier this afternoon. That, my friends, is another example of classic Kanye. Nice flow, solid lyricism – "I'm a deadbeat cousin, I hate family reunions" = PREACH YEEZY – and the production is about as smooth as a glass of Mello Yello.
There's not enough of the track with K-Dot to judge, but just hearing both of their voices together is all I need to start feeling some sort of way. It may do the same for you, if you're into it.
Check out both tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/kanyewest