Songs I Like: Murk Those Winter Woes

by cynthiarendon

Seasonal affective disorder is real. Seriously, it’s on Wikipedia and everything. Also known as “winter depression” or the “winter blues”, this disorder is when someone has episodes of depression that occur at a certain time of the year, usually during, yep, the winter months.

I mean, it makes sense to me — there you are, thinking you have the entire day to be productive, and suddenly it’s after six, it’s dark outside, and the only light available is that of the unflattering glow of your computer screen. That, my friends, is quite depressing.

Try to love winter, you all. And since I’m in California, I have to learn to love the winter rainstorms. Love the umbrellas and wearing scarves and hats. And please let’s not forget to love steaming (and I mean scalding) coffee. And when else can you use “freezing” (ie. below 55°F in California ;)) temperatures and winter storms as an excuse to stay home from school and/or work?  And I know, I know, the dreary, cold weather can breed the bad habit of listening to sad music — where the same day you pull out your oversized sweaters, you’re also pulling out dozens of lethargic, depressing songs about loneliness, heartbreak, and sadness. I’m not the only one, right? Right? Anyone?

Either way, it doesn’t have to be like this. I say music can definitely help wane (let me unleash the west coast side of me and say that certain music can even murk) the winter woes — the upbeat, promising kind of music, the kind that makes you feel like you’re not in cold, wet wherever you are.

So here’s to these woe-less songs, and not the sad love songs that you equate with absolutely no one, which makes them even more depressing. Am I right? OK, here’s to the songs that really make you go “Good day, sunshine!”


1. Don’t Worry Baby — The Beach Boys (What epitomizes California sunshine more than The Beach Boys? Oh, and who can forget the closing scene of Never Been Kissed? Say it with me . . . Awwwwww.)

2. Hey Ya! – Outkast (Shake it, sh-shake it . . . shake those blues off of you. I know, lame.)

3. Countdown – Beyoncé (Almost makes me want to countdown along with Bey in front of my giant mirror. Almost;).)

4. French Navy – Camera Obscura (A song about being whisked away in love in the most romantic city ever. Yes, please.)

5. Here Comes My Baby – Cat Stevens (Always think of this song every time I saunter down a street. I also picture ex-boyfs listening to this about the one who got away (ie. me). And why not?)

6. Diablo Rojo – Rodrigo y Gabriela (Song composed about a bad-ass roller-coaster in Copenhagen. Enough said.)

7. La Vida Es Un Carnaval – Celia Cruz (Ayyyyy/no hay que llorar/que la vida es un carnaval. Celia knows what’s up.)

8. No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley & The Wailers (Aside from the whole feeling like you’re at an outdoor summer music festival thing, Marley was right . . . Everything’s gonna be alright.)

*This playlist is on Spotify, if you’re interested in listening. Just click here or the name of the playlist above 🙂