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Sunshine, moonlight, good times…boogie.

The Jacksons, “Blame It On The Boogie” (1978)

Grace has a great post up today over at Design*Sponge about music to start your day with, and as I was leaving my comment about the songs that never fail to get me going (“Blame It On The Boogie” by the Jacksons and “Push” by the Cure), I decided that I’m going to let the mood of this video dictate my attitude for this entire week. Or at least the rest of today. Or even just this morning. I’ll do the best I can!

I’m a strong believer in the idea that if you pretend to be enthusiastic about something, you will eventually find yourself actually becoming engaged and genuinely happy to be doing what you’re doing. I tend to be super-cynical about so much in life, and that cynicism (of course) inevitably leads to feeling grouchy and put-out over having to do all of the things that need to be done over the course of a day. Even the most tedious of tasks (I’m looking at a stack of invoices as I write this) is more fun if you fake having a good time.

Not that Mike and the boys are faking it here, of course, but really…I need to let the dirty rhythm move me and get on with my day, already. More boogie, less whining!

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  • Reply Melissa March 14, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I agree with this! People always wonder why I am so darn happy at work but I have to be or I can’t get through the day (even though I love my job). I like to listen to lots of fun music in my office cause it really affects my mood! I have dance parties.

  • Reply RIIKKA March 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Hi! Thank you for noticing our new blog RTIF:) I have been folloving your blog about five years. Love what you have done with your home!

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  • Reply Carolina March 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you for this post! I’m in the west coast, waiting for the workmen to show up and remove the built-in cabinet in my dining room because something DIED in the gap behind it. This song was in instant mood uplifter. (I love the rest of the blog as well.) Cheers!

  • Reply Merissa March 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Yes music!! For years I had “Mint Car” by the Cure on my wake-up playlist. That song isn’t terribly upbeat, but the lyrics are so happy.

  • Reply BmoreKate March 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I’m lucky no one caught me working it out at my desk to that Jacksons song! 🙂 Mine is newer but, “Dawn of the Dead” by Does It Offend You, Yeah? is such a booty-shaking, energy-boosting song!

  • Reply Shelly March 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Totally agreed! I’m a sales rep and go into art galleries and frame shops all day long. Sounds like fun, but when you get to know the owners and they just want someone to listen too about how hard business is right now it gets pretty depressing! The best thing is I can leave a shop get in my car and play some good music very loud and sing along like an idiot! It lightens my mood.

  • Reply Countess of Nassau County March 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Great song. Great, great song.

    I hope you recorded Oprah today, great interview with the Jacksons.

    • Anna @ D16 March 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      Ugh, again?! I do everything I can to avoid her, especially when any member of the Jackson family is involved. Don’t get me started on that woman.

    • Anna @ D16 March 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      (That was completely NOT directed at you, by the way—that’s just always my reaction when that name comes up! Generally speaking, MJ fans won’t touch her with a 50-foot pole…)

  • Reply jennifer March 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    this made me cry.
    although, I’d like to thank Jackie for choosing the no shirt/ scarf combo, very pleasing!

    • Anna @ D16 March 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      No, no, no! No crying! Only boogying! 🙂

  • Reply Jenny March 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Amen to that, sister!
    Music is such a mood shifter.
    I’ve just discovered the Eurythmics’ I’ve got a life. Woo hooooooo!

  • Reply Kelly March 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Love it. This is a go-to attitude improvement song for me, too. It is impossible for me to feel bad while listening to this song. The way it kicks off with the drums – ba-DUM-bum – you know something fun is about to happen!

  • Reply Countess of Nassau County March 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I admit I’m not a regular Oprah watcher, but this caught my attention.

    Given your reaction, I can only hope to see a hilarious post about Ms. Winfrey in the future.

    • Anna @ D16 March 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      There are three things I know better than to discuss on my blog: (1) religion, (2) Lady Gaga, (3) Oprah Winfrey. 😉

      (I will say, though, that I totally agree with this article.)

  • Reply Nina March 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Love to start the day with a great song to get me in a good mood. Sometimes I also like to be sad and indulge the feeling with some sad music…

    • Anna @ D16 March 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      Me too, me too.

  • Reply Ceci March 15, 2011 at 9:16 am

    GOOD MORNING!! Nothing to be sad about today. That man loved his music! No pretending in that video – pure boogie! (But I totally agree. Sometimes you have to fake everyone out)

    Have a great day!

  • Reply Liza March 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Curious, did you post that breakdown of food plans/costs? I feel like I am always behind, I’m not so good at keeping up with all the various portals. So maybe it’s on twitter or flickr or something . . .

    • Anna @ D16 March 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Liza, I don’t have time this week. Too busy! I’ll definitely try to do that at some point, though. 🙂

  • Reply Lucy March 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    This made my day. One of my all time favorite Michael videos – his dancing is infectious and he looks so happy. My mom and I used to dance on the furniture to this and the Jacksons’ other motown hits when I was a kid, and listening to these songs always brings back the best memories. I will be jamming to this in my head for the rest of the day!

  • Reply Sara March 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you for this post!

  • Reply MIMI March 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I too believe in the fake until you make it philosophy, if you dwell in misery it will cloak everything you do. Love this song, love MJ!

  • Reply ayahsmom March 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    This made me cry also. I just realized how amazing his voice really was when i was watching american idol and they completely butchered his songs. Michael looks so happy in that video. RIP

    • Anna @ D16 March 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      He was the best. Really…and he still is. 🙂

  • Reply Camila F. March 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

    That’s the spirit! Also love Push, this song always makes my day happier.

  • Reply A Canadian March 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    “The uploader has not made this video available in your country.”

    • Anna @ D16 March 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      Sorry Canadian person…I don’t have any control over Sony’s territorial licensing. I’m sure if you search on YouTube you can find another upload that’s viewable in Canada.

  • Reply CindyE March 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I heard a song today I haven’t heard in long time – And She Was – Talking Heads. This song always makes me feel good. Loved Michael.

  • Reply Soul Pretty March 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm


  • Reply Jenna @ sweetfineday March 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

    2 of my favorite “happy” songs!!

  • Reply Lindsey April 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    This song always makes me smile. My mood has just improved! Thanks!

  • Reply Jamiewhite August 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Thank you

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