Monday, May 6, 2013


So the cleanse is over! I'm absolutely elated. Relaxed. Full of anticipation. And again floored by how quickly a month goes by ... for better or worse.

But it's not a party day. Because it's really important to take it easy when you start drinking after a cleanse.  I'll talk more about it this week, but for now read the Withdrawal Warning page for more info.

End of the sermon.

Almost. ;)

Handel's Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742. The German-born composer was 59 when he created his first English work - and it would become one of the most enduring musical masterpieces of all time.

(*Academic aside: Messiah is an oratorio. There's a choir, orchestra and soloists - but unlike an opera, no dramatic plot or characters. The lyrics were taken from the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.)

Messiah's Hallelujah Chorus has gotta be one of the happiest pieces of music ever (next to, like, Saturday Night by the Bay City Rollers. Obvi.)  If you can wait out the Volvo ad (or whatever), there's a great rendition below from Radio City Music Hall. It's really zippy and joyous.

Sort of like me today.

And if you're not into classical, Saturday Night by my fave 70s boy band is just below ...

For the nostalgically-challenged, I Love It by Sweden's Icona Pop is on the happy playlist too. This one literally had me jumping up and down the first ten times I heard it. It's been about a hundred times now, so the jumping is sort of more like ... polite nodding. But it's still a damn happy song. (It's playing on the radio right now, actually ... go figure! If you're not sick of it already, you will be by the end of summer! So enjoy it while you can!)

Hey - the cleanse is finished! NO more days to go!!

Instead of worrying about making my A.A. meeting tonight - which is where I was headed - I'm looking at five months of a basically fun, normal life - that still includes drinking.

In honor of that, here are 3 songs to get you as happy as me ... almost anyway. No guarantees on that one. ;)