I have a love-hate relationship with mornings. The soft light glowing through your blinds combined with a vicious headache on account of the bottle of wine you consumed before bed. Your chiropractic cloud-like pillow alongside your close to bursting bladder forcing you into the cold. A warm sleepy body to cuddle up to and their inevitably heinous breath. The shiny, wondrous possibilities of the day ahead and the knowledge that it will probably just be shit like yesterday.
It could be my self-diagnosed bipolar, but most mornings I tend to wake up either life-psyched and beaming or irritable and depressed. Although I’ve found that adding music to my morning routine tends to nudge me in the direction of the former. That and saying ‘no thank you’ to ecstasy the night before. Whether it’s setting your alarm with the title track from Grease, dusting off your Nan’s Peggy Lee record to float away with over breakfast, or carefully curating a playlist for the commute to work - a sweet morning melody is a cute way to get things rolling.
Here are my top five…
Sweet Inspiration by The Sweet Inspirations
Make like Cissy Houston and open your peepers to some swinging sixties sister soul. The girl group dropped this mega hit in ‘67, catching the ear of none other than a Vegas bound Elvis Presley, who consequently summoned the ladies to sing backup on his comeback special. Before my feet have even touched the floor I’m inspired and hopeful as hell.
This must be the place by Talking Heads
David Byrne’s obscure, dreamy love song (with just a glimmer of darkness) really floats my boat first thing. Home is where the heart is, or so the saying goes, and this early 80s beauty delves into that notion and takes a leisurely stroll. Floating out of my iPhone at 7am it whispers “Relax babe, you’re exactly where you need to be. Hey, it’s okay. Hit the snooze babe. You’re worth it.”
Where do you go to (my lovely)? by Peter Sarstedt
French ballerinas and fashion houses fill the bedroom air with this single of sixties perfection. And for just a moment, before registering that you’re about to catch the tram to your average job, you’re teleported to a life of excessive wealth and arty enchantment to the backdrop of an accordion against a Parisian sky. Treat yo’self.
Maggie May by Rod Stewart
Who doesn’t want to wake up to a true tale of Rod Stewart’s deflowering by an older woman? Character-filled and fearless, this rambling rock classic will sock you out of bed and into the shower. Originally released as the B-side of his ‘71 single ‘Reason to Believe’, the success of Maggie May launched Rod’s epic solo career. The track also features a gratuitous 5-bar mandolin solo which I’m really into.
Chelsea Morning by Joni Mitchell
Sunny, sweet and tipsy with innocence, this early Joni number will dulcify even the most discordant of mornings. Rainbows, bowls of oranges, toast and honey and straight up Pollyanna optimism. On that note, in the words of Ms. Joni M, put on the day and wear it ‘til the night comes.