Some days you barely have to look up to glimpse all the stuff that can bring you down, or even crush you; but who said life was meant to be easy?

Still, one can choose not to be depressed, which is not the same as being happy. In neutral.

When one stands in the centre of thought, at the pivot of the tao, one can see the infinite in all things: “this” is “that,” “that” is also “this.” One may bend like a bamboo in the wind, neither assenting nor denying. – Well, that’s easy!

Never mind. Here are three (I’m struggling) two ways to be ungloomy. (Wait, no, see bottom.)

#1: The wonderful James Murphy and his LCD Soundsystem pals in a very odd and delightful video featuring marauding party pandas, who end it singing Auld Lang Syne. The new single is a bit like Lou Reed’s White Light / White Heat, but you can lower the volume if it’s too cheerful; the visuals do the trick. The self-mocking Drunk Girls*:

*Sample lyric: “Just because I’m shallow doesn’t mean I am heartless; just because I’m heartless doesn’t mean I am mean. But sometimes life gives us too many options.”

The chorus: “Oh, oh, oh, I believe in waking up together. So, oh, oh, that means making eyes across the room.”


#2: Kermit sings New York I Love You (But You’re Bringing Me Down), a song by James Murphy, a New York native (note his 15-second cameo at the end). See him sing it live, slightly but endearingly off-pitch to a rowdy Californian audience here.


#3: “Special Olympics” – Oh, I found this third thing, very rude but undeniably chortle-provoking. I came across it in the comments section of the much-dissed tour blog that Murphy wrote for the Guardian a few years ago. (see, of course, urban dictionary.)

“Arguing on the internet is like competing in the Special Olympics; even if you win, you’re still retarded.”

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