Music is a great leveller. It expresses emotion and helps us to connect.  
According to psychologists, we listen to music in order to regulate our mood, to achieve self-awareness, and as an expression of social relatedness. 
These are challenging times.  
Concert halls have fallen silent and we are all under pressure as work and home life is disrupted.  
For this reason, we decided to share some happy music with you! 
Let’s start with an obvious one. Here’s Pharrell Williams, Happy. 
And wonderful Judy Garland singing Get Happy… 
How about Shania Twain’s Up! 
A piece that always makes our Artistic Director, Maria smile; the energetic Festive Overture by Shostakovich 
A beautiful piece of ballet music by Tchaikovsky, the Dance of the Little Swans… 
Here are some silly songs to make you smile: 
The perfect silly song, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins 
Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, Brush Up Your Shakespeare 
Aretha Franklin – Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive 
As we appreciate nature more, Feeling Good sung by Nina Simone: 
And of course, family and friends who will get us through this … 
The Late, Great Bill Withers singing Lovely Day: 
Friendship sung by Red Skelton and Lucille Ball: 
And to end with, the song that has come to be the anthem for this time – Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, sung by Judy Garland… There’s no place like home! 
Images with thanks to Andre Hunter and Lidya Nada on Unsplash. 
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