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Music can help people process hard things like  grief, overwhelm or loneliness. The Darling playlist series was created to help you during this time of quarantine. We hope to use music to bring you a little hope today.

My cousin is one of those rare people who does not listen to sad music. I asked her if there were any exceptions. She told me there weren’t, and I was entirely baffled.

This concept is all but foreign to me. I was a dramatic child who grew into a dramatic adult, and there are times that I listen to sad music specifically to make myself feel even more sad. Other times, I listen to sad music simply because it is beautiful and haunting. I like music that makes me feel something.

As I have gotten older, I am learning to not sit in my bad days. If I notice myself with a bad attitude, feeling snappy or irritable or wanting to complain, I have started to turn to music that will make me feel better instead of worse. There are certain songs that won’t allow me stay in my sulking mood after I listen to them. If you have found yourself having more “bad days” than usual lately, then I hope these songs help turn your day around.

You can also find this playlist on Darling’s Spotify here.

Tomorrow—from the Annie soundtrack

La vie en Rose—Louis Armstrong

Don’t Be so Hard on Yourself—Jess Glynne 

Dancing Queen—ABBA

Closer to Fine—Indigo Girls

Brothers—Penny & Sparrow

Seeing Blind—Niall Horan & Maren Morris

Shine—Laura Izibor

Let the Sun Shine—Labrinth

Watermelon Sugar—Harry Styles 

Don’t You Worry About a Thing—Stevie Wonder

Put Your Records On—Corinne Bailey Rae

Rain—King Kaleidoscope

Strawberry Fields Forever—The Beatles 

Cheerleader—Felix Jaehn Remix

Walking on Sunshine—Katrina & The Waves

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough—Marvin Gaye

What A Man Gotta Do—Jonas Brothers

Uptown Girl—Billy Joel

Under the Boardwalk—The Drifters

Hey Mama—Matt Kearney

What is one song that always make you smile? Leave it in the comments below.

Image via Dana Hursey Photography, Darling Issue No. 15

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